Winsa, Arnold Fritz

Arnold Fritz Winsa passed away in Sudbury on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the age 90 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born April 26, 1931, in Timmins, Ontario to parents Sylvia Nurmi and Otto Winsa. He went to the Haileybury School of Mines and graduated as a mine planner. Arnold met Arleen (Curry), his wife of more than 60 years, in Falconbridge, where they both worked. He asked Arleen out after making sure, through a mutual friend, that she could dance. One of his favourite stories, predating their relationship, was from his time growing up in Timmins, when he was jiving with the mayor’s daughter, and she let go during a shoulder throw and cleared a table full of glasses and plate wear. The mayor’s daughter got right back up and kept dancing like nothing had happened. Arnold was a mine planner at Falconbridge and later the first president of the staff union of Falconbridge, a position he took after telling Arleen, right before he left the house for the union’s first meeting, that he wouldn’t get involved. Arnold changed careers in his late 30s, travelling to Toronto to get his broker’s licence. He became a realtor and founded a company called Nickel Realty. The Winsas built a house in Sudbury, where they had three children. At the beginning it was a house with only one television, which meant the entire family watched a lot of hockey and baseball. Arnold was a Leafs fan, but he was first and foremost a Blue Jays fan. And even in his final days, it was still a happy occasion for his family to watch the games with him. Arnold is survived by his spouse Arleen Winsa; his children, his daughter Patty Winsa and her son Quinn, and his son David Winsa and daughter-in-law Sherri Winsa and their children Carly and Liam. He was beloved as a father and grandfather and will be sorely missed by all. Arnold didn’t want a funeral or a memorial service, opting for a dinner at some future date where he will be well-remembered by all who attend. The Winsa family would like to thank the in-home care that Arnold received from the nurses at Bayshore Home Health as well as the Maison McCulloch Hospice, where Arnold spent his final days. His family will always remember the kindness of nurses Joel and Mel.


3 Condolences

  1. I can still hear Mr. Winsa cheering Dave and the rest of us on at old hockey games! Mr. Winsa, was always patient and took the time when we spoke and always gave me good advice. Our sincere condolences to the Winsa family.
    Ryan Yurich & Cara Lachance

    By: Ryan Yurich, Cara Lachance
    August 29, 2021
  2. We will miss his big smile, his big hugs and our lively discussions with him. It was a pleasure to have known Arne. He will remain in our hearts always.

    Mike and Dale Stansfield

    By: Dale & Mike Stansfield
    August 28, 2021
  3. Dear Arlene and family…we were very saddened to hear of Arnold’s passing. He was larger than life and we enjoyed his sense of humour! Our condolences to you and the children.

    Jay and Pat Joyce

    By: Name*
    August 27, 2021

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