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Charles "Chip" Berry Winborne III

Charles “Chip” Berry Winborne III, PhD passed away peacefully from an illness at his home in Sedona on June 22, 2015.  He was 66 years old.  The surviving members of “The Sunshine Family” - his wife Sandra and daughters Vanessa and Chelsea – were at his bedside to say a loving, “Good-bye and peace be upon you.”
 
Born and raised in southern California, Dr. Winborne and family moved to Sedona in 1981, then spent nearly two years on Maui before returning permanently to Sedona in 1985. A solid oak-of-a-man with many branches, he held an M. A. and PhD in Education, authored two books, designed and hand built two homes, produced numerous paintings and drawings, designed and supervised a first-generation virtual school for migrant students, and was a life-long student of the “science of becoming oneself”.  He admired R. Buckminster Fuller, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Bill Moyers, and Christiane Amanpour.  His passions were the nurturing of “authentic interest” in everyone and making education free to all.
 
To his family, Chip was a devoted, loving, wise Superman – able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  To his friends, Chip was a buddy, confidante, big thinker, and sometimes counselor who could always be counted on to help anyone in need.
 
He was preceded in death by his mother Irene Winborne, father Charles Berry Winborne, Jr., and brother Douglas Winborne. In addition to his wife and two daughters, Dr. Winborne is survived by his brother Wayne Winborne, sister Karen Winborne Noyer, seven grandchildren, and an extended family of in-laws/out-laws, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.
 

A private family celebration of life will be held at a later date to honor Chip and his passion for global education – End of Ignorance.

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Michael Ratcliff on Thursday, July 23, 2015 10:36 AM
To my friend and Father-figure, You are loved and will be missed. Thank you for being the person you were and helping guide me to become the person I am and always growing to be. I will stay on my Autotelic path. Love always, Michael
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Sylvia Bushell on Saturday, July 25, 2015 11:25 AM
Gratitude and love.
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Bill Mann on Saturday, July 25, 2015 3:14 PM
The first time Chip passed me in a coffee shop, he appeared to be cradling something invisible. It hit me over time that it was a love, or at least a loving curiosity about all things that he protected. During one memorable exchange, Chip insisted that I recall every single detail about a "Bucky" Fuller lecture - how Bucky sat on top of an old oak desk, whether or not his legs were crossed or dangling, etc. In turn, I once stood in front of a mirror attempting to emulate Chip's uncanny way of transposing all human emotions into a single graceful purse of the lips. I even asked him to show how to perform that bit of magic. His instructive was simply, "Don't worry, I am not 'embering' (his word) yet." It was also the very last thing Chip said to me from his day bed. Goodbye Mr. Every Man.
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Dan Harrison on Saturday, July 25, 2015 8:32 PM
To my life-long friend and spiritual brother. Thank you for all that you are and the great love and kindness you have given the world. I am sure that your positive influence continues to grow. You will always be with us. Love, Dan
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Oman Ken on Sunday, July 26, 2015 1:20 PM
I loved being with Chip during our afternoon lunches at my home or meetings at Wildflower Bakery to discuss the philosophical workings of the Universe. It was always an inspiration to receive the big perspectives from this deep wise soul and heartful man. He gifted me with an antique table that I now use for my office work table and has his beautiful energy and spirit in it. I am a better person because on my friendship with Chip. Thank you brother.
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Isabel on Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:31 AM
I'm so very sorry for your loss. It is evident that he was a good and kind person, loved and appreciated by many. I recently lost someone close to me and can appreciate the heartache words cannot describe. With that in mind, I am moved to share with you a thought that helped me through the pain. That is the words of Jesus himself in the book of John, chapter 5 and verse 28, 29. He said 'Do not be amazed at this. For the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice, and come out.' I was so relieved to know the bible talks about an earthly resurrection; a time of peace when we will see our loved ones again in perfect conditions according to God's own will. I encourage you to hold on to that hope and learn more. It is my sincere wish that learning of this will give you the comfort it gave me.
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Kay Himlie Raddatz on Thursday, August 06, 2015 9:26 PM
I met Chip playing volleyball when I lived in Sedona. I remember him as being very kind. When my daughter, Jenny, was overwhelmed with schoolwork her senior year, he suggested I have her stay home for a day, which was the best advice ever.
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mou on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:59 AM
To my life-long friend and spiritual brother. Thank you for all that you are and the great love and kindness you have given the world. I am sure that your positive influence continues to grow. You will always be with us. Love, Dan banana
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