Monday, March 26, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Harold Winters Sr., the longtime owner of Harold’s Auto who family members described as a “mechanic’s mechanic,” died on March 23. He was 83 years old. Winters’ death was confirmed by his son, Chad Winters.
Winters was born on Aug. 9, 1934 in Grenada, Miss., his son said. He would go on to establish Harold’s Auto, a popular shop in Maywood located first at 13th Ave. and St. Charles, and then at 19th Ave. and Madison St., before selling the business some time ago.
“He was one of the best auto mechanics,” Chad said during a March 26 phone interview. “Even established mechanics would go to him for advice or when they got into trouble.”
In an email statement, Winters’ family members said that he “not only impacted family and friends, but transformed lives by employing approximately 70 Maywood residents and residents of nearby communities over the years.”
The statement also noted that Winters has many mentees and those who held him in high regard, including his middle son, Patrick J. Winters, a well-known youth sports coach and local recreational advocate who has campaigned for Maywood Park District commissioner.
“A special quote of Harold’s was, ‘If you can beat the individual you were yesterday, you will never have to compete, because your work ethic will proceed you,'” the family pointed out.
Harold is survived by five children and his wife of 50 years, Ella P. Winters.
A viewing for Harold Winters, Sr. will take place on Friday, March 30, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Wallace Funeral Home, 2020 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Broadview.
The funeral will take place on Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (wake) and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (service)., at Rock of Ages Baptist Church, 1309 Madison St. in Maywood. VFP
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