Winston Spates

Winston Churchill Spates

Thursday, September 11th, 1941 - Friday, January 10th, 2020
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Winston Churchill Spates, 78 of Summerville, N.S., son of the late Rexford and Esther (Crosby) Spates, passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday, January 10, 2020.After 30 years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces, he finished his career as the Senior Lab Technician for Maritime Command at CFB Halifax. Winston moved back home to Summerville and opened Coastal Dental Laboratory and operated it for the next twenty years. Throughout these years and until his passing he was very active. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap and skeet shooting, and working in the woods. He was a very accomplished wood turner and was known by many for his wood bowls. He was also an avid musician and shared his passion with his family and friends. He was a member of several Bluegrass organizations over the years.Winston was predeceased by his siblings: Willard; Donald; Stanley; Vernon (in infancy); and Maude. He is survived by his sister Betty and brother Victor (Jan). He is also survived by his wife of 57 years Dorothy, his Children Alan, Dale (Colleen) and Esther (Nelson), along with his grandchildren Kari, Kyle, Jeremy and Nicolas.
He will be missed deeply by his family and friends. His music will play on forever in our hearts. XO
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1-4pm at the South Ohio Community Hall. In lieu of flowers the family asks that a donation be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. On-line condolences may be sent to or you may sign the guest book on-line at
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    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 1:00pm
    South Ohio Community Center
    South Ohio
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Gwen nickerson

Posted at 09:47am
Dear Dorothy and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Winston’s passing. Please accept our condolences . We are thinking of you.Gwen and Todd Nickerson

Michael Morris

Posted at 11:04am
Please accept our sympathy. It was a pleasure to have known Winston and to have carried his fine wood turning.
Michael & Frances Morris

Mary Pennell

Posted at 11:53pm
Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family during this sad time.

Diane and Howard Spinney

Posted at 06:32pm
Dorothy and family We were so sorry to hear of Winston passing. He will be missed by so many people. We always enjoy his songs. Our deepest sympathies to the family Howard and Diane Spinney

Gail Mossman

Posted at 04:14pm
Dorothy and family - So sorry to hear about Winston passing away.....always enjoyed his company and music.....especially the great songs he sang! He will be missed by all who knew him. Our Sincerest Sympathy! Walter and Gail Mossman

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