Arthur “Noel” DeWinter of Irvine, CA, joyful father and grandfather, died peacefully on January 26, 2020 at the age of 80 following a brief illness.
He leaves behind three children including his daughter Amy DeWinter, daughter Jill DeWinter and her husband Michael Shea, and son Michael Noel DeWinter; grandchildren Dylan Shea, Hudson Shea, Noah Zajkowski and Bennett Zajkowski; and his brother Benjamin DeWinter.
Noel DeWinter grew up in the Detroit, Michigan area. He attended Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota where he studied economics. He was admitted to University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business as a candidate for a Master’s in Business Administration, but deferred his enrolment to serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corp. He left the Marine Corp as First Lieutenant and then pursued his MBA at Wharton. With his advanced degree he began working in finance in a variety of roles covering planning, analysis, investor relations and executive leadership. Noel loved his work and was still actively consulting for clients when he passed away. Noel was known for his keen intellect and calm, steady demeanor, leading multiple companies to successful growth.
Noel had a wide variety of interests. While in college he co-authored a book on pyrotechnics and had an article published in Science Digest. Noel loved painting, modeling the likes of Rothko. In his youth, he was a skilled jazz drummer and loved listening to big band orchestrations throughout his life, whistling along. He collected stamps for much of his life and was fascinated by history, often reaching out to the Chamber of Commerce of his parents’ home towns in Iowa for family historical details. His most proud accomplishments, however, were his kids and grandchildren.He adored his family and will be remembered for his kindness, playfulness and generosity.
One friend of Noel’s said, “sitting in a tavern with Noel was an uproarious adventure”. Another noted that “the mold was broken with Noel DeWinter.” Noel was a charming, humorous spirit who loved to make those around him laugh. He leaves behind a legacy of professional success and personal accomplishment, and many heavy hearts in remembrance.
Noel was always very passionate about the value of education. The family asks that expressions of sympathy be made as donations in his name to his alma mater, Carleton College.
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The family will be holding a private service at a later date.