Robert Winsor, who has died at the age of 81, was a longtime resident of West Bolton and an active supporter of local charities, in particular Dunham House in West Brome and the Adaptive Sports Foundation.
Bob Winsor was an engineer, inventor and entrepreneur. His most successful invention being a `wheel chock’ used to hold vehicles in place on railcars. The old system caused damage when trains started and stopped. The invention was first used by railroads in Canada, then was picked up by American carriers and is now the standard for transporting vehicles from the factory to the dealer.
Robert Winsor had degrees in science and engineering from Mount Allison University and McGill. At McGill, he played offensive end and defensive half-back for the McGill Redmen. He scored a touchdown in the 1960 championship game against Queen’s.
Mr. Winsor made significant donations to universities, hospitals and other institutions. He donated millions of dollars to the McGill University Health Centre and the Montreal General Hospital. Mr. Winsor donated money to McGill, both the university and its sports program.
Mr. Winsor received an honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University in 2006 and McGill in 2014. Robert Beck Winsor was born in Montreal on May 2, 1939. He had leukemia, complicated by Covid-19, and died in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on January 14, 2021. His wife Susan survives him, as do his children Jennifer and Greg, his daughter-in-law Tara Marsh, along with six grandchildren.