Kenny W. WinterMay 03,2014
Kenny W. Winter
MORETOWN — Ken Winter died unexpectedly Wednesday, April 23, while vacationing in Florida with companion Mary Laulis.
He was born April 21, 1932, to Ruth Winter and was raised by his maternal grandparents, William Henry Winter and Lisa (Kenney) Winter, in Teaneck, N.J.
He served in the Korean War and later studied at Columbia University. Living in New York City, he developed a love of jazz and was later privileged to travel with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
The 1960s and ’70s found Ken traveling extensively both individually and with the commune known as the Hog Farm. Through such adventures he landed a job building stages in what is now known as Woodstock Music Festival. He traveled on afterward working sailboats and was shanghaied in the Dague, Seychelles, where he spent the next several years.
After settling in Vermont he started Winter Wood tree works. He later fathered son Nicholas Farnham and daughter Melissa Farnham. Nick is a professional artist currently living in Boston. Melissa is a mother of two grandchildren, Hunter and Ayden.
He was active in local theaters, and also played parts in the Jay Craven movies including “Disappearances” and “Stranger in the Kingdom.”
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at The Moretown Methodist Church, to be followed that night by a wake at Localfolk Smokehouse in Waitsfield. A great tree has fallen.
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