View Full Version : So.California metal community has lost a Metal Shaper

05-02-2005, 06:59 PM
my very close friend Steven Winnett died Sunday of Heart disease

Wray Schelin
05-02-2005, 07:16 PM
Hi Dick,

What a shock! Steve just posted here two days ago. We all have lost a true friend. I was looking forward to seeing Steve again this year at MM05, the last two years he had schedule conflicts and couldn't make it. My sympathies go out to his wife and family.

05-02-2005, 09:06 PM
I did not know Steve personally, but looked forward to his posts and was hoping to meeting him at MM05. His wife and family will be in my prayers.........john

tom cray
05-02-2005, 09:23 PM

Karen sent me an E-mail about Steven, I replied that I would like to attend any services and offered to help in any way I could.

If you can think of anything she needs please let me know.


05-02-2005, 10:30 PM
May his family find the strenght they need to get over this lost.


Could someone post a picture so everybody knows who he was .

Wray Schelin
05-02-2005, 10:38 PM
Here is a picture of Steve that Dick Strever took at Tony's regional meet a few months ago. Steve is on the right holding the body hammer.


He will be missed by all.

Kerry Pinkerton
05-03-2005, 04:58 AM
What a shock! Steve was a great guy. He was the 'inventor' of the baseball bat mallet (as far as I know) and I was looking forward to giving him one of ours at MM05.

His family will definitely be on our prayer list.


Mike Rouse
05-03-2005, 05:26 AM
I am in shock. Steve was a great friend of metalshaping. I will miss talking to him. All the best to his family.

Wray Schelin
05-03-2005, 07:48 AM
my very close friend Steven Winnett died Sunday of Heart disease

Hi Dick,

Could you please post Steve's wife's address or if you feel that is too intrusive maybe you could use your address to foward sympathy cards sent by MetalMeet members. Thanks.

Tony Sanchez
05-03-2005, 09:18 AM
---Steven was a good friend, he will be missed.
Our deepest sympathies to Karen and family.
---Tony and Judy Sanchez.

05-04-2005, 04:38 AM
I met Steve at FF02 in Huntsville. He was a great guy and I was looking forward to seeing him again this fall. He is in my prayers.


05-04-2005, 07:07 PM
This is Karen Winnett logged in as Steven. Thank you to Tom Cray for leading me through the metalmeet.com site this morning. I was thrilled to have a picture of Steven working and if there are more out there I would really appreciate receiving them. I will check the site periodically over the next week or, if you would prefer to email them directly, you can send them to knwinnett@cox.net.

Steven loved metalshaping and getting to know all of you!

05-04-2005, 07:26 PM

Dutch Comstock
05-04-2005, 07:49 PM
Steve was one of the original group That made our internatinal metal meet work.I will miss him, Dutch

05-04-2005, 08:32 PM
Karen Winnett and friends: I was saddened to hear of Steven's passing. It was my pleasure to have met Steven and shared a week of fun playing with metal at George King's shop in Huntsville. I am attaching some photos of that event for you to enjoy. Carey

05-05-2005, 04:26 PM
Please extend our sympathies and condolences to Steve's family. John and Nancy.

Kerry Pinkerton
05-05-2005, 04:45 PM
I was talking to Dan Shady today and remembered a couple things about Steven. The only time I met Steven was at George King's shop during FormFest 02. When I got there he had been to a nearby railroad yard and picked up several very large bolts. He had made a template about 1" radius and was marking the head bolt with blue Dykem and seeing where it was not correct then FILING it by hand. He worked on this all week, filing, checking, filing some more. At one time, I asked, "Wouldn't it be quicker to use the belt sander?" He replied, "It's the PROCESS that's important Kerry, the process."

The other thing I remember really says a lot about Steven. I think it was Monday and the crew was down to about 15-20. We walked to a nearby resturant for lunch and I was sitting next to Steven. He was at one end of a long table and George was at the other. I saw him slip a note to the waitress and then his credit card. I looked at him and he just held his finger to his lips. When George called for the check, the waitress said it had already been taken care of. Steven never said a word.

I wish I had gotten to know him better.


05-05-2005, 09:30 PM
Thank you all for your wonderful thoughts and for the pictures. George's Garage is as wonderful as Steven said. Our home address is 11 Shoal Drive, Corona del Mar, CA 92625 but truthfully I am really enjoying your thoughts here and there is no need for condolence cards. I enjoy reading the string.


tom cray
05-05-2005, 09:38 PM

I was able to notify George King through Jack who lives in Huntsville.

So far he has not contacted me. I hope he contacted you directly.

Tom Cray

Wray Schelin
05-05-2005, 10:29 PM
Hi Karen,

I met Steve about 5 years ago like most of us did on the E-groups metalshapers group. In the Fall of 2001 and 2002 a lot of us spent several weeks with Steve working together on various projects in George King's shop in Huntsville,AL.

While there Steve could always be counted on to help out and provide any knowledge or experience that he could to help insure a success of what we were trying to accomplish. He sometimes had a mischevious manner about him which often brought smiles to all around him. His core nature was always to get along and help make things happen. He was also a very generous man and he will be missed by many of the friends that he made in this small community of sheetmetal shapers. I was really looking forward to seeing Steve again this year at MM05 which he hoped to attend. He will be missed but never forgotten...

Here are a few pictures of Steve taken in George's shop in 2001

Tom Lipton ( on the left) showing Steve something in his notebook


Steve and Tom working on the Ascot body that we made


Steve and Tom


Steve talking to Emile on the left and Ben on the right


Tony Sanchez
05-06-2005, 12:38 PM
Some photos from Menifee metal meet.http://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3553/medium/18Steven_Winnett_MMM_03.jpghttp://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3553/medium/18Rod_Lingren_mmm_17.jpghttp://www.metalmeet.com/photopost/data/3553/medium/18MMM_28.jpg

Steve Hamilton
05-06-2005, 02:51 PM
Hi Karen Winnett & family

I was one of the members that attended the first gathering at Georges shop in 2001. Steven & I worked together making panels, etc for the Ascot roadster project. I enjoyed that time with Steven very much, and I know he had a great time working and learning. We will all miss him at the M M 2005, as well as his input on this site.

So Sorry for your loss
Steven Hamilton

05-12-2005, 04:56 PM

here are some more picts of Steve




10-22-2005, 11:31 AM
I met Steve at the Menifee Metal meet last year at Tony's. He was so
helpful and generous with his knowledge and time. I only had
met him that day but he offered to help with my projects and gave me all kinds of ideas and methods.
It is a sad day to loose a man like him.
I'm the blonde guy in the middle picture with him at Tony's
We should remember that the things he has left us are the things he did for other people and how he made this a better place.
Karen and family the goodness and generousity that he shared with others in his life will live in all of us.

Rod Lingren