Gene shared his knowledge and enthusiasm. He published his findings, and equally important, he encouraged and assisted others in getting their work into print. Always a teacher, he gave an uncountable number of public talks, presentations and courses. His students became the seed bed for responsible local archaeology creating an informed constituency that appreciates and protects the region's archaeological resources.Gene’s incredible life of service to Archaeology earned him the Society for American Archaeology’s Crabtree Award in 2005, as well as the eponymous Eugene C. Winter Award from the Peabody Museum and Phillips Academy. The Massachusetts Archaeological Society established the Eugene Winter Fund for New England Archaeology in 2012 (www.massarchaeology.org/Gene%20Fund/Gene%20FundC.htm) as a scholarship acknowledging Gene’s love of learning and deep knowledge of northeastern archaeology.
Gene was married to the late Pearl E.(Gammans)Winter and survived by his daughter, Nancy E. Winter of Lowell; sister, Lois Hallett and husband Richard and family of Delaware; sister, Audrey Desrochers and her family of Plymouth; beloved companion, Barbara Brown of Andover; several nieces and nephews and innumerable friends and colleagues. Gene was predeceased by his brother, Richard Winter. The family is deeply grateful David Pickul, MD and staff and the Merrimack Valley Hospice Team for allowing Gene to live his life as he wished until the end.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours have been omitted and his private burial took place at the Edson Cemetery, Lowell, MA. Arrangements by the Mahoney Funeral Home, 187 Nesmith Street, Lowell (978-452-6361).
A Memorial Service of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Robert S. Peabody Museum, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA. For complete details, please visit the Massachusetts Archaeology Society website www.massarchaeology.org and the Robert S. Peabody Museum Face Book page.
In celebration of Mr. Winter’s legacy, memorial contributions in support of the Eugene Winter Fund for New England Archaeology may be made to the Massachusetts Archaeological Society, Inc., P.O. Box 700, Middleborough, MA 02346 or through the Society’s website at www.massarchaeology.org.