Obituaries » Robert C. Winters
December 8, 1931 - December 3, 2018
Robert Cushing Winters, Dec. 8, 1931 – Dec. 3, 2018, of Ft. Myers, Florida. Son of George Warren and Hazel Cushing Winters, of Lunenburg N.S. and West Hartford, CT. Beloved husband to Patricia A. Martini (m. 1962 – her passing in 2005) and Roberta Jenkins (m. 2006). Father to Sally Vold (Philip Sutfin) and Beth Cushing (Mark Porter); stepfather to Eric (Lori), Brett (Christine), Kristen, and Lauren (Jeb). Loving grandfather to Ian, Jordan, Allesandra, Maya, Hannah, Trevor, Lucy, and Adelaide.
Predeceased by his parents, and sister Mary Elizabeth.
Proud veteran of the Korean War. Sailor, scholar, brilliant mathematician, lover of puns and the Sunday Times crossword. A tone-deaf music-lover known for making a “joyful noise” at church, he memorized the scores to every Gilbert and Sullivan operetta and taught himself to speak proficient Japanese, German and French. Graduate of the Loomis School and Yale University, he also earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Boston University. Former Chairman and CEO of the Prudential Insurance Company of America, past board member of the Business Round Table, the Mayo Clinic, the Episcopal Divinity School, Honeywell International, and his beloved Boston Symphony Orchestra. Proud Fellow and past member of the Board of Governors of the Society of Actuaries, and past President of the American Academy of Actuaries, Bob was (at the time) the youngest person to ever pass the rigorous SoA Actuarial Exams. Ethical beyond belief, meticulous, sentimental and deeply caring, Robert / Bob / Rob was a true New Englander with a sturdy exterior and a heart of squishy gold. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life is planned for March 23, 2019 (time to be determined).
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (www.bso.org/brands/bso/contribute.aspx) or the Mayo Clinic Cancer Research Fund (www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/cancer-research/supporting-cancer-research).
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.