Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 30, 2013

Charles E. 'Charlie' Winn Died Nov. 18, 2013

CADILLAC — Charles E. “Charlie” Winn, of Cadillac, passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He was 70, born May 1, 1943, in Hamilton, Ohio, to William Harden and June Carolyn (Hathorn) Winn Sr.

Charlie was the consummate “people person” and salesman. He was funny, charming, warm-hearted, positive and “un-filtered.” Charlie genuinely loved his family and friends, old, new and yet-to-be-made. You could count on his loyalty to all those he loved and to any cause he believed in. He was a dear husband, father, grandfather, son and brother. We are sad to have lost him, and he is greatly missed.

Charlie was a founder of Four Winns Boat Company, as well as Lakeside Charlie’s Restaurant and Pheasant Ridge Estates, all in Cadillac. He was also a founder of the Charlevoix Country Club and, long ago, a sales manager at Investors Diversified Services (IDS) in Lansing.

Charlie had a passion for water, antique boats and boating in general. He was a member of various yacht clubs in Florida and Michigan, as well as a member of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Great Lakes Cruising Club and the Pine River Association.

Over the years he collected and restored various antique wooden boats. His enthusiasm for boating led him to explore harbors and marinas throughout the Great Lakes, North Channel and Florida waters, where he particularly liked taking day trips to out-of-the-way spots. He and his wife, Janna, have also had many wonderful years living and loving at their home on the Pine River. “It is our little slice of heaven and we appreciate how lucky we have been.”

Besides boating Charlie was an avid fan of nice cars and motorcycles. As member of the Porsche Club of America and BMW Motorcycles Owners of America, he enjoyed many driving adventures around the countryside. It was always the journey rather than the destination to Charlie ... unless, of course, the destination was a restaurant. If ever there was an out-of-the-way or new restaurant to be discovered he would find it.

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