Brian David Winters, 46 of Moon Township Pennsylvania, died in the early morning hours of Dec 24th with his wife on one side holding his hand and his son on his other side.
Brian was born in Tulsa Oklahoma during a cold wintry storm on January 10th, 1974. From a young age anyone who knew Brian would say he was an “old soul”, that he was the calm within the storm. Brian had a peaceful demeanor about him, he was a person that you could turn to and count on. Brian was a member of Christ Church at Grove Farm and he feared the Lord with great love and passion. Brian was driven to help others that could not help themselves. He was a good man with a huge heart, he was a man who knew how to love.
As a young boy, Brian spent his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Mountainview Oklahoma where he would sneak away to help and talk to the elderly neighbors. Brian was drawn to the elderly, always wanting to help in anyway, and he loved listening to their life stories. As he grew older his focus turned to football. In high school he had college scouts chasing him but during the last game of the season his senior year, Brian had a serious shoulder injury that ended his football career before it began. With football no longer an option, he concentrated on his next love, caring for and changing the lives of the elderly.
Brian attended the University of North Texas and graduated with an Associate degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Applied Gerontology, and a Master of Science in Administration of Community Based Aging Organizations. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter. While attending North Texas Brian was involved in many different programs/organizations; The Alzheimer’s Association, Senior/Volunteers for Childhood Immunization (SVCI), National Association for Teaching and Learning about Aging (NATLA) and Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers (TCGEC)
Brian moved to Pennsylvania in 2002 to work for LIFE Pittsburgh. In 2004 his son Bradyn (his pride and joy) was born. In 2005, Brian was hired as Admissions Coordinator for Odyssey – Gentiva Hospice (now Kindred Hospice) and worked his way up to Regional Executive Director Specialist. From 2011-2015 Brian was a Church board member and the Financial Secretary for Zion Lutheran Church where he also devoted his time teaching Children’s Sunday School. In 2011, while visiting his parents back home in Tulsa Brian met up with his high school sweetheart (Mandy Haug Winters) and in 2012 they were married. Life was good.
And then, in 2017 after a month of severe headaches a large tumor was found in his left frontal lobe. Brian was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an exceedingly rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. For any chance of survival, a craniotomy was performed, a month of radiation, and a year of chemo was scheduled but he was still diagnosed terminal with a 6-month prognosis, which began his almost 4-year battle with cancer. Brian found his way back into his field working with Pilgrimage Hospice in 2019 as an Executive Director but just a short year later more tumors were found. Brian would have his second craniotomy in April of 2020 and undergo radiation again. Chemo was started in July but in late November he was placed on hospice. Just one month later, peacefully while sleeping, Brian lost his battle with cancer after putting up one heck of a fight.
Brian is preceded in death by his father Carlton and brother Brek. Brian leaves behind his wife Mandy and son Bradyn, Mother Nikki, brother Michael and his wife Addie, three nephews Garrett, Nathan, and Teagan, two nieces Brynn and Ainsley. Stepmother MaryBeth Winters, mother-in-law Ruth Haug, brother-in-law Mike Haug, brother-in-law Trey Haug and his wife Jeril and their children Lauren, Austin and Atty, brother-in-law Matt Haug and his wife Amanda and their children Mason, Bella and Allie. And many other family and friends that will miss him dearly.
A Memorial Service is being held at Christ Church at Grove Farm, 249 Duff Rd, Sewickley PA 15143, on Saturday February 6th at 12:00 PM
We hope you will join us in celebrating Brian’s life; a loving and caring child of God
In leu of flowers, please send donations in honor of Brian Winters to the Glioblastoma Foundation https://glioblastomafoundation.org/
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