W.R. Winchester, retired NOFD District Chief, passed away due to complications of COPD on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Lois Venus Winchester for 60 years. Father of Patricia Arnona (Frank). William R. Winchester (Kristin), and Lori Marshall (James). Son of the late Marjorie Cuquet and Ray Winchester. Brother of David, Bruce, and Stanley Cuquet and the late Barbara McFarland, Wayne Wood, and Mabel Loeffler. Special brother- in- law of Doris Schully, Margaret Chapman and the late Gerard Venus. Grandfather of Frank Arnona (Jamie), Joseph Arnona (April), Keegan Winchester, Alex, Katie and Emily Marshall. Great grandfather of Brianna, Victoria, Jillian, Adriana, Anthony, Skylar and Ryan. Cousin of Cathy Lee. Also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He served in the Louisiana National Guard for 13 years and retired from the New Orleans Fire Department as District Chief having served for 33 years. He was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast. He was a native of Minden, LA and a resident of Algiers, LA for over 50 years. Relatives and friends of the family, also members of NOFD are invited to attend the Funeral Mass in the chapel of Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expwy., Harvey, LA on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 1pm. Interment, Restlawn Park Cemetery, Avondale, LA. Visitation will be held on Monday morning from 9:30am until 1pm. The family wishes to thank Passages Hospice, especially Lynette, Shannon, Kaci, Angel and Kim for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, masses are preferred. Family and friends may view and sign the online guest book at www.mothefunerals.com.