QUEENSBURY | David John Winchip Jr., 48, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015.
Born Aug. 3, 1967, David was raised in Albany and Schenectady and graduated from Linton High School in Schenectady in 1986.
After graduating, he proudly served in the U.S. Army as a distinguished member of the Military Police. He was later promoted to rank of sergeant and stationed in Germany and Brooklyn. David was honored with numerous awards while serving his country, including the Army Achievement Medal for duties performed during the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After a successful career in the military, David held key positions at the New York State Department of Corrections. Well-liked and respected by peers, he most recently performed as lieutenant at Washington Correctional Facility in Comstock.
Fondly known by friends and family as “Sup Sup”, David had a love for music, remote-controlled car racing and constructing model train sets. A World War II history buff, he was also an avid viewer of the nightly news. One of his greatest passions was being a father to his beloved daughter, Celina; a firm believer that “it takes a village to raise a child,” he was ardently focused on building a successful life for Celina. Honoring this commitment, his surviving “village” will see to it his daughter succeeds.
David was predeceased by his wife, Petra Winchip, who passed away in 2008.
In addition to his daughter Celina, David is survived by his loving fiancée, Kristine Miller, and her daughter Ashley, all of Queensbury; his mother, Mary and her husband, John L. Adriance; brothers, William “Bill” (Michelle Kirk) and John (Erika) Adriance and their children, John, Josie and Ella; in-laws, Alfred and Isolde Lautner of Germany; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. David is also survived by a loving circle of many friends, including Todd and Debbie Stiles, and Chris and Heather Eggleston.
Friends and family are welcome to call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, at the United Methodist Church, 460 Aviation Road, Queensbury.
Burial will follow with full military honors at noon Friday at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville.
Donations may be made to Celina Winchip’s college fund at any branch of Glens Falls National Bank.
Those who wish to make an online condolence may do so by visiting www.sbfuneralhome.com.