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William "Bill" Winowitch

March 28, 2020

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William “Bill” Winowitch

On March 28, 2020, William Edward Winowitch, 76, passed away at his home in Timonium, MD after a long, well-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bill was born on October 22, 1943 in McKeesport, PA to Nicholas Winowitch and Gertrude Moritz Winowitch. After attending a vocational high school, he used his technical skills to fulfill his desire to see the world. He joined the U.S. Navy where he spent five years as an electrician aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway serving our county in the Pacific during Vietnam era. Returning home, he went to Pittsburgh Technical Institute to study electronics and aeronautics. He received a job offer from the defense contractor company A.A.I. Corp. in Hunt Valley, MD as a Field Engineer. That job would keep him traveling the world for his entire career; traveling across the U.S. from Florida, to Oklahoma, to California and many others in-between. He then got the opportunity to go on two long assignments, one to Okinawa, Japan supporting the Marines and from there to southern Spain supporting the Navy on Rota Naval Base. Both jobs allowed him and his family to travel all over the Pacific, Europe and Africa. They loved every minute of that! Later, he got an incredible assignment to work on the Pioneer RQ-2 drone and served his country again during the first Gulf War helping assemble the drones for use in the field. This drone ended up in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, something he was very proud of. You’ll never meet anyone who loved his job more than Bill. He continued to travel to Australia, Korea, Japan and Pakistan until he retired from the same company 41 years later.

He’s remembered by his family, friends and co-workers as “Dollar Bill” as he loved to bet you a dollar on just about anything, especially Pittsburgh Steelers games and especially when they played the Baltimore Ravens. He loved playing racquetball where he won many tournaments, often beating people much younger than him, playing cards, playing pool, visiting and calling old friends, watching movies and baseball games, and dancing on New Year’s Eve to the doo-wopin’ oldies. He could (and would!) talk to anyone, at any time, about almost anything, a trait he passed on to his grateful daughter, that and his love of the ocean.

He’s survived by his wife of over 50 years, Bonnie Montgomery Winowitch who he met just a few nights home from the Navy, and his daughter, Michele Kay Winowitch. He’s one of 5 brothers: Nicholas (Brenda) Winowitch, Raymond (Marlene) Winowitch, Donald (Kim) Winowitch and was proceeded in death by brother Robert Winowitch.

No services were arranged due to the times. Contributions can be made on his tribute page on the Michael J. Fox Foundation website: https://tribute.michaeljfox.org/tribute-page.php?id=1734&np=true

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