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James H. Winkler

June 27, 1963 - December 17, 2021

James H. Winkler

June 27, 1963 - December 17, 2021


Obituary For James H. Winkler

James H. Winkler
James died suddenly on December 17, 2021 at age 58 at home in Medford, Mass. Also known as Jim, Jimmy, and Jimbo. He was husband to Ulla, the best and most loving husband who ever existed. He was a devoted son to Lenore and Howard Winkler, a beloved brother of Anne Winkler (St. Louis, MO) and Mitchell (Teresa) Winkler (Houston, TX), and a favorite uncle to Lauren, Lee, Henrik, and Andrew. He had deep friendships, including special friends Sue and Crystal.

James felt and showed boundless love for his parents. Always with good cheer, he provided local support (food shopping, gardening, cooking with and for them). He established a Meetup Group for the Middlesex Canal Association to support one of his father’s long-time passions, leading walks that he enjoyed too. He played Zoom bridge regularly with his Mom during COVID to support her and for his own enjoyment. He was a favorite travelling companion, including a fall 2019 trip to Bristol, RI and environs and a lifetime of Winkler summer family vacations to New Hampshire. He was always game for historical outings with his parents, this past fall to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord.

James was the most affable guy. Everyone who met him couldn’t help but like him. He was the kind of person who sent texts with exclamation points and a smiley emoji. He was most often recently seen wearing his “uniform” of a black short-sleeved t-shirt and jeans, with a smile that never ended. He was an exceptionally caring individual, always making himself available to help others.

He loved entertaining friends and family. No one could make a brunch that tasted better or seemed more effortless. The “Uncle Jim brunch” is a classic.

A native of Arlington and a graduate of Arlington High School, he received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester. A Professional Engineer, he was most recently a Senior Resident Engineer with Arcadis. He had 35 plus years of experience managing complex engineering and construction projects including 30 years with CDM Smith, rising to the level of Vice President.

He thoroughly enjoyed and was committed to Weight Watcher’s point system and community, just one pound shy of reaching his goal. He starred in his own Weight Watcher “Dancing with Jimmy” videos. He loved walking in the Middlesex Fells (with fond memories of golden retrievers Sika and Sheba) and couldn’t resist a beach day at Revere, his own urban beach. He loved his house and living in Medford. An avid Scrabble player, he was always the one to do the scoring. He was always open to new things including a helicopter ride or figuring out the Medford bus system.

He left an unfinished dream, a salt water hot tub and deck off the back of his Medford house.

He radiated fun and goodness and kindness and had the biggest heart. He was part of a most loving family who feel lucky to have had 58 years with him.

A Celebration of Life will follow later. For those who wish donations may be made in James’ memory to the James H. Winkler Fund at the Arlington Historical Society, 7 Jason Street, Arlington, MA 02421 or to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, 110 Chapin Road, Hudson, MA 01749.

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  • 01/06/2022

    My condolences to Jim's family - He was such a kind and friendly person. Warm and open hearted. Jim had the ability to embrace the world and people he met. I will never forget his wonderful brunch at the DPH, Jim's potato cake and the walks in the woods with Sheba.

  • 01/04/2022

    May his memory be a blessing to your family and to all who knew him.

  • 01/02/2022

    My deepest sympathy to Lenore and Howard. I did not know James Winkler but with parents like Lenore and Howard, he must have been an exceptional person. May memories of happy days with your son sustain you in your time of sorrow. My heart goes out to you both. Nell Russo

  • 01/02/2022

    Condolences to the entire Winkler family. I knew Jim in high school and and thereafter. He was a wonderfully lively person and great friend. Very sad that he passed away at such an early age.

  • 01/01/2022

    Sending love and sympathy to the family of James, and in particular to his parents, his wife and siblings, from First Parish in Arlington, Ma. We are thinking of you! Sincerely, Loren Gomez, Lay Minister

  • 12/30/2021

    Dear Winkler Family & Friends, So sorry for all of us. Sending you heartfelt condolences on the loss of our special friend, mentor, fantastic teammate and engineer Jim. So hard to lose him so suddenly. He is so missed.

  • 12/27/2021

    My condolences to the family Sincerely, Leslie Levine

  • 12/26/2021

    Deepest condolences, upon the sudden death of James Winkler, to his entire family. May you find strength in your joyful memories of him.

  • 12/25/2021

    My deepest condolences to all of Jim's family, who were my 2nd family. Jim was my best friend throughout high school and beyond. He was such a wonderful friend and the center of so many great memories.

  • 12/22/2021

    My deepest condolences to Jim's family. Jim was such a wonderful person. We connected immediately when we found out we were both chemical engineers and that I lived just a few doors down from Ulla's shop when I was at Tufts. Miss you, Jim.

  • 12/22/2021

    Jim was a terrific colleague, and I feel honored to have known and interacted with him over many years. He brought much joy and fun to all that he did, inside work and outside it. Sincere condolences to Jim's family during this difficult time.

  • 12/22/2021

    Although I haven't seen him in years, I know if we saw each other it would be with a great big smile because that's who he was. One of my favorite classmates, for sure! My sincere condolences to his wife, his family and friends. He was a good one lost way too soon.

  • 12/22/2021

    My condolences to his friends, family & everyone who knew him. He sounded like a wonderful man!

  • 12/21/2021

    I will miss you. We shared good times and have good memories. Too soon. May you rest in peace.

  • 12/21/2021

    My condolences to Jim's family. As a colleague of Jimmy for over 25 years I can say that he was not only a great person to work with and fun to be around, he was also a dedicated professional with a knack for keeping it simple and getting things done. We are lucky to have known him.

  • 12/21/2021

    One day with Jim was enough to know how loving and caring he was. Fifty eight years is truly a gift, but simply not enough. The world can justly and honestly say today, "ask not for whom the bell rolls; it tolls for thee." With deepest sympathy. . .

  • 12/21/2021

    My condolences to the family of James Winkler. He was a great person with a great big heart. Forever I will be greatful. Sincere Rosa Mendoza

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