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Winston Shipman
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 27, 1948
  • Place of birth:
    Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 26, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Austin, Texas, United States
Let the memory of Winston be with us forever

Winston Shipman was born to Elsie and Herman Shipman in Indianapolis, Indiana,on February 27, 1948 and unexpectedly died on September 26, 2015. Winston joyfully lived every moment of his sixty seven years. He attended The Orchard School, Pike Township High School and Purdue University graduating in 1971. He had a career in hospitality and recently retired leaving a lasting impression and smile on the face of all who knew him.

He is survived by his father, Herman Shipman and extended family members. His memory will live on through his life long best friend, Jack Silver and Jack's wife and children, his Godchildren, golf buddies and those who served along side him at The Lakeway World of Tennis, The Courtyard Restaurant, The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Word of Mouth Catering as well as others he positively affected throughout his life. He enjoyed many walks around Lady Bird Lake leaving a path of laughter for others to follow.

A celebration of Winston's life will be held Sunday, November 15 from 2-6 at Word of Mouth Catering, 1106 South 1st Street, Austin, Texas, in the only way Winston would have wanted it: A PARTY!! Although our hearts are broken, the laughter will be shared at this Celebration.

Please leave your best Winston story on the story page. Submissions will be collected and presented at his memorial celebration. 

Please RSVP by leaving a note/tribute in the section below.

~Friends and Family of Winston

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Richard Heinichen on 14th November 2015

"I loved Winston. I worked with him and Silver at Lakeway inn, The Alpenhoff, the Snortyard,(courtyard) and lived next door,on the lake, when I moved here in 1978. He showed me how to sail while drinking. Even though he stole my wife I remained his friend,another of his many funny stories. I love Winston."

This tribute was added by Liz Silver on 13th November 2015

"Friends of Winston Shipman, the time to celebrate and remember this wonderful, funny, special guy is almost here!  It looks like the weather forecast is improving, temperature in the high 70's and only a small chance of rain but may drizzle a little.  The venue is a house with several large decks so prepare to be inside and outside (the beer and wine will be on the deck).
Parking is somewhat limited so please carpool and if you need to leave early let someone know so we can try to not block you in. There is street parking on Copeland and South 2nd and Gibson Street. Looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing sweet memories!"

This tribute was added by Rob Hagelberg on 9th November 2015

"Winston was a treasure and had a way of making people feel special.   I enjoyed knowing him and am privileged to have had him as a colleague.   I will be there to celebrate his life."

This tribute was added by Bryan Gardner on 9th November 2015

"Winston was such a wonderful man and it was an honor to work with him.  I will be at the event on 11/15."

This tribute was added by Christina Lee on 2nd November 2015

"I will be there. Winston always had a story to share with me."

This tribute was added by greg shead on 24th October 2015

"Dependable , caring, mischievous, thoughtful and above else a good friend and average at best golfer:):):)  He's joining many good friends at the 19th hole after posting a 59 on the pearly immaculate course. Wouldn't miss the tribute for all the tea in China."

This tribute was added by Elmar Prambs on 18th October 2015

"There is/was only one WINSTON,a true Character,caring and genuine maybe at times sarcastic,but with a huge Heart,l will miss you very much,Golf will never be the same without you,HOPE That you are in a better Place, So Sad Mary,Martin Sarah and Elmar. There will be two of us there on the 15th."

This tribute was added by Willie Warrenburg on 17th October 2015

"We didn't know Winston as well as many - but what we took away from our every encounter was his spirit - sunshine, love, joy and humor. He touched our lives in a way that we didn't realize until after he was gone. We'll be there to send him on his next journey with all the love he showed everyone in his life. Julie & Willie"

This tribute was added by Debby Carter on 16th October 2015

"I will be there.  I look forward to sharing memories.  I love you Winston.  Debby"

This tribute was added by Lisa Alhades on 15th October 2015

"Winston,those who knew you will be forever richer for your humor and witty sarcastic remarks. Sue Nelson and I will be there with our waiter shoes on!"

This tribute was added by Cynthia Whitaker on 13th October 2015

"I remember Winston from Lakeway World of Tennis, in the mid 70's.  I loved his sense of humor, and stories.  Our dear friend, Nikki, used to call him Winnie Pooh Bear!  What fun we had!!  May his sweet kind soul rest in peace.  I will be there."

This tribute was added by danny sheffer on 11th October 2015

"well, Winston and i ran around a lot,...... i think it was the senior year and then after for a while ...i remember Winston and i taking a friend of mine [Bill Johnson) to the ....i think it was called the Red Garter? on hwy 52 in Indianapolis, on Bills 21st  b day. They had a comedian their ......as i recall name George ...i think that may have been the last time i saw Winston...I tracked him down a couple years ago by phone and talked to him...was just trying to stay in-touch....we always had a good time a some laughs ..... and from what i read here ..he was like by everyone through out hes life......as i might have imagined.
i wish we would have stayed in touch better...."

This tribute was added by Juanita Builes on 11th October 2015

"Fabian and I will be there!  RSVP"

This tribute was added by Heather Desormeaux on 11th October 2015

"Joe and I wouldn't miss it - we'll be there on the 15th."

This tribute was added by Dan Walker on 7th October 2015

"Remembering all the good times growing up with you, to many to count, Will miss you old friend. REST IN PEACE."

This tribute was added by Todd Duplechan on 6th October 2015

"The family and I will be there."

This tribute was added by Lynn Zapffe on 5th October 2015

"My husband Carl thought so much of Winston.  I only met him a few times at Trio, but he was so friendly and his face lit up when he talked about golf!  Carl and I will be attending the celebration of Winston's life."

This tribute was added by Blaine Horton on 4th October 2015

"A whole-hearted man full of stories, attitude, and appreciation for the people close to him. I'm looking forward to the celebration of Winston's life and the memories he has forever left us all with. RSVP Blaine."

This tribute was added by Ken Perry on 4th October 2015

"Here's to Winston. Always had a kind word and that word was usually hilarious. You've gone on to the great golf course where all putts go in and all drives find the short grass. You'll always be under par, my friend.

I will be there to toast you!"

This tribute was added by casey noonan on 3rd October 2015

"Big brother to me. Will miss."

This tribute was added by cassie teykl on 3rd October 2015

"I will be there to enjoy fun and laughter on Winston's behalf! Miss him tremendously... Thanks Rebecca and his close friends and family for keeping those who were touched by Winston informed! Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Joyce Boran on 3rd October 2015

"Rest in Peace, Winston...
Our family and my old friends have fond memories of a very special man...
Joyce Noonan and Family"

This tribute was added by Leah Chyma on 3rd October 2015

"I will be there. I look forward to hearing all the Winston stories!"

This tribute was added by Rob Swaynie on 3rd October 2015

"Got thrown in jail together in Malibu California in 1972 while on vacation smoking hash on the way to see "Fritz the Cat". Three days of nothing but talking but we were also on a 22 day vacation as well so you could say I him pretty well in his younger days. The last year he visited me five times, one of my dearest friends."

This tribute was added by Ela Buck on 3rd October 2015

"The Buck family will be there.
Fondly remembering all the laughs, conversations and Cheers we
shared in the last 30 years. Miss you so much.
Look forward to being with all the folks that feel
the same ."

This tribute was added by Steve Kluber on 3rd October 2015

"Winston and I worked at Sardine Rouge together, a fine dining French restaurant, and years later I was fortunate enough to work with him again at Trio at the Four Seasons. Winston was a special man, and I will always think of him fondly. I will miss his humor and kindness. Winston was a good friend. I plan on attending his memorial."

This tribute was added by Forrest Preece on 2nd October 2015

"My wife and I have dined at the Cafe at the Four Seasons and its newer incarnation TRIO since the hotel opened in 1986. Winston was the face of the establishment to us. Always in a good mood, with news about the night's specials, and never shy about discussing his golf game. We were sorry to hear that he had left the restaurant -- we often asked for him. Winston was a professional waitperson in every way. So sad to hear of his death; he will be missed."

This tribute was added by Jett Baril on 2nd October 2015

"I'll be there..he always called me "Boots"
Miss him"

This tribute was added by Erika Elliott on 2nd October 2015

"I will be there to celebrate with Winstons friends and family."

This tribute was added by Carson Gallagher on 2nd October 2015

"I'll be will be attending.  I look forward to celebrating the life of a good soul and a fine man."

This tribute was added by Elissa Davis on 2nd October 2015

"I will be there. Can't wait to be surrounded by others who have had the honor of knowing Winston."

This tribute was added by Pam Bishop on 2nd October 2015

"Don and I will drink a toast to him and his love of life..."

This tribute was added by Jonathan Bookout on 2nd October 2015

"My family will attend. We all loved Winston."

This tribute was added by David Wingard on 2nd October 2015

"I worked with Winston at Lakeway World of Tennis in the early/mid-70s.  Looking forward to meeting his many friends and hearing the hilarious stories.  Everyone that knew him knows what a great guy he was, and that our lives were better for knowing him."

This tribute was added by Olya Caldwell on 2nd October 2015

"Be there Olya Caldwell"

This tribute was added by Rebecca Borrelli on 2nd October 2015

"Looking forward to seeing everyone on November 15th. Word of Mouth Catering graciously donated their space for this event, we are so grateful to them! Please leave a note here to RSVP. Much love, ~B"

This tribute was added by JQ Delap on 1st October 2015

"Many fond memories...........!"

This tribute was added by Bill Gundry on 1st October 2015

"My heart hurts"


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