• Reid G. Winpenny
    April 21,2013
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    Reid G. Winpenny
    Reid G. Winpenny

    1982 - 2013

    PAWLET — Reid Gilles Winpenny, 30, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Fletcher-Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, after a fatal seizure and fall at home in Pawlet. He was born at Gifford Memorial Hospital in Randolph, Vermont, on July 30, 1982.

    Reid was a musician, writer, and artist, noted for his beguiling smile and laugh. He had traveled extensively in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, China, Japan, Vietnam, and Indonesia. He loved music, painting, art, swimming, reading, beekeeping, gardening, snowboarding, and fly-fishing. It is heart-wrenching that Reid left us too early, just as he was composing music and lyrics with renewed passion. Reid was a family man: a bee whisperer and steadfast beekeeping partner with his older brother Tristan, a scientist applauding younger brother Patrick’s upcoming graduation from Colorado School of Mines, and a compassionate listener and steady presence for his mother. Reid was a loving son, brother, and uncle, who adored his nephew, Thatcher Edward Winpenny. Reid’s was a beautiful life, yet so bittersweet, interrupted at 14 by the sudden death of his father, Ned (Edward L. Winpenny III) in August, 1996.

    Reid was a graduate of Long Trail School, Dorset, Vermont, where he won prizes for music composition and performance, filmmaking, chemistry, and philosopher’s journal. He tried Berklee College of Music in Boston, but found it lacked the spirit of his home town. He continued his music studies independently. Reid’s piano compositions include titles such as “Know Who You Are,” “Classical in B Minor,” “Piano Diminished, Dream Lyrics,” and “Piano Longing.”

    Inspiring Reid’s work were literature, art, music, and science, but especially his favorite piano classics: “Bach 2- and 3-Part Inventions,” played by Glenn Gould; “Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto #2 In C Minor, Op. 18,” played by Van Cliburn; and “Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 In B Flat Minor, Op. 23,” played by Van Cliburn.

    Family and friends gathered to celebrate Reid’s life at a memorial at the Winpennys’ hillside farm in Pawlet on Saturday, April 6. Under a cobalt blue sky, with red-tailed hawks soaring on the cold spring wind, strains of harp, guitar, banjo, songs, and poetic tributes echoed in the hills. An evening bonfire gave Reid’s contemporaries more time to share memories. Reid is survived by his mother, Patty Gilles Winpenny of Pawlet and Shanghai, China; two brothers, Tristan and Patrick; grandfather Ted Winpenny along with his wife, Anita Winpenny; aunts Dorothy Gilles Black, Dobi Gilles, and Belinda Winpenny Paris; six cousins, five second cousins, and a nephew. Reid is also survived by Thatcher’s mother, Debra Mach, her sister Deanna Mach and their parents Gilbert and Doreen Mach, all of Pawlet, along with many beloved friends around the world. Reid was predeceased by his father Edward Leslie Winpenny III (Ned), his paternal grandmother, maternal grandparents, and maternal uncle.

    His mother Patty would like to share a stanza from one of Reid’s poems, “Mythical Beast”:

    ‘How can you escape the land you create

    And start a whole new world

    with sky so blue

    with no hate or rape or lands we desecrate?

    Can you imagine a world with no wars?’

    To recognize and honor Reid, our family would welcome donations to Spring Lake Ranch, a residential treatment center where Reid rejuvenated his life. Donations can be made directly to: Spring Lake Ranch, 1169 Spring Lake Road, Cuttingsville, VT 05738, or by using the online donation option at: http://www.springlakeranch.org/support. Please specify that the donation is in memory of Reid Winpenny.
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