A photo of Francis James Winnington

Francis James Winnington

October 20, 1955 - February 20, 2018

Francis James Winnington, age 62, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Born in Wilmington, DE on October 20, 1955, he was a son of the late James and Dorothy (Hafner) Winnington.  Following graduation from Delcastle High School, Francis enlisted with the Army National Guard.  Throughout his career he worked in welding and pipefitting, a trade he proudly learned from his father.  For the past several years, he was a dedicated supervisor/manager with Apex Piping in Newport.  Previously he worked at Potts Welding for 30 years.

Francis was an avid outdoorsmen who enjoyed taking a seven mile walk everyday, regardless of the weather.  He also enjoyed fishing with his sons, especially at the Outer Banks.  Francis loved to play and watch baseball and you could always find him cheering on the Blue Rocks.  He was a dedicated family man, who especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons.  He will always be remembered as a loving brother, father, grandfather and dear friend to many.

In addition to his parents, Francis was preceded in death by his brothers, John Winnington and Dennis Winnington; sister, Geraldine Matthews; brother-in-law, Alfonse Lugano; and many nieces and nephews.  He is survived by his children, Kimberly Winnington, Casi Short (Joe MacDonald), Philip Winnington and Luke Winnington; brothers, Jimmy Winnington (Mary), Joseph Winnington (Cathy) and Thomas Winnington (Michelle); sisters, Dorothy Hill (Joseph), Bernadette Lugano, Mary Ann Lacey (Richard), Catherine Gott (Francis), Elizabeth Kohl (Jerome) and Patricia Saxton (Charles); brother-in-law, Mervin Matthews; grandsons, Avan Short and Avery MacDonald; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 2 pm until 4 pm on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  A second visitation will be held the following day, Monday, February 26, 2018 from 9:30 am until 10:45 am at Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle, DE, where Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Francis’ name to Holy Spirit R.C. Church, 12 Winder Road, Garfield Park, New Castle, DE, 19720 or The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ, 07963-0375.

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  • To my wonderful ,kind and caring Uncle Francis.who was my Pop Pop Winnington twin.you will be missed love ypu RIP UNCLE FRANCIS LOVE YOUR NIECE TERESA!❤

  • My condolences to Luke, his family and all who loved this man.

  • So very sorry my prayers are with you all.

  • Our condolences to the family

  • Missing a good friend and fellow worker of over 40 years. I’m shocked at his passing. Phillip and Luke, my prayers go out to you. I’m sorry I can not be there at the service, but will contact you when I get home.
    Jim Walker

  • A great friend of the Blue Rocks. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    He will be sadly missed at Frawley this summer.

  • Phillip,Luke,Casi &Kim
    Your dad was a loving, caring, and wonderful man. I am so glad we all got to grow up with him, and he was a very special uncle . I will always remember the vacations we took together, family parties and spending time at your house in the summer. We will never forget him, and we be here for all of you always! Love you all❤️❤️❤️❤️
    Love, Lisa, Ryan, Lauren, Patrick and Katelyn

    Love you Uncle Fran

  • Phillp, Luke, and family – So very sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers and sending you our sincere condolences.
    Respectfully, Dave, Lois and David Midash

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I met Frank at the gym. He gave my husband and I a chance to share a wonderful memory with our grandson. He gave us tickets to the Blue Rocks game which we attended with our grandson who turned 5 that day. It was his first Blue Rocks game and one of the players threw him a ball and he caught in his little glove. We thank Frank for making this memory for us happen. He was always friendly and fun to talk to. He will be dearly missed at the gym Rest in peace Frank.

  • So very sorry to hear about Farncis and wanted say that the video tribute brought back many great memories of the entire Winnington family. We were neighbors and my brothers John and Mike feel lucky to have had such a wonderful family to play and fight with. ( the boys of course) The Winnington girls were lovely and we all have fond memories of simpler times just playing baseball, football, tag, Hide-N-Seek and waiting for our moms to call us for dinner…Although we haven’t seen each other for many years I tell my Grandkids stories about the Winnington family and our childhood adventures…….love to you all …..Jimmy