BRUNSWICK COUNTY (WWAY) — One week after an alleged drunk driver hit and killed two men near Sunset Beach, one victim’s family is speaking out.
64-year-old Robert Winslow, known to most as Bob, leaves behind a wife and two adult children. He and his wife Mary got married in 1979.
“He was such a loving, giving, cheerful and encouraging person,” Mary Winslow said.
“He was really kind and really hilarious,” his daughter Whitney said.
The couple was visiting their vacation home in Ocean Isle Beach on February 27 before the accident took place. Bob had been sick with COVID-19, and this was the family’s first trip to the beach since Thanksgiving.
Whitney said her dad was having a great day, and headed to Mint Greene’s house near Sunset Beach. Greene was known for fixing and selling lawnmowers, and Winslow paid him a visit to donate one they no longer used.
Winslow and Greene chatted in the driveway, until around 3:00 p.m., when suspected drunk driver, 27 year old Dakota Reiswig ran off the road, hitting and killing them both.
“Even though the accident was horrific, I’m glad that it sounds like there was no fear, no pain that we’re aware of experienced by my dad or Mr. Greene,” Whitney Winslow said.
Two hours later, state troopers located Mary and Whitney Winslow.
“We were in disbelief and still kind of are,” Mary Winslow remembered.
“We are just blown away by the kindness of the troopers, the way that they spoke to us, the kindness,” Whitney Winslow said.
Since then, the Winslows say they’ve experienced an outpouring of love and support, and learned just how many lives both men touched.
“Everyone is reaching out to us saying ‘we are in shock, how is this true?'” Whitney Winslow said. “The ripples of the tragedy, to me, are showing the ripples of the love that these two men had in their life towards them and to others.”
“To know how well loved he was, and we know he loved well,” Mary said through tears.
The family held a service for Winslow Saturday, March 6.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask the public to donate to Anchor Initiative and Celebrate Recovery, a program Winslow volunteered with for 12 years, helping others get through and move on from addiction.
“I know that my dad would want love and healing and recovery in this situation,” said Whitney Winslow. “And for no other families to go through anything like this.”
They hope that from their hurt, those struggling with addiction can get the help they need.
Click here to view Winslow’s obituary.