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Jim Winner Jr. dies in crash

Published: Wed, September 15, 2010 @ 10:51 a.m.

CLARION, Pa. — James Winner Jr., longtime Mercer County businessman and philanthropist, died in a car accident Tuesday.

According to media reports, Pennsylvania State Police say 82-year-old Bobby Jarrett of Tionesta and his passenger, 76-year-old Raymond Fair of Tylersburg, died in Clarion County after their vehicle was struck by an SUV driven by Winner, 81, who was living in Hollywood Beach, Fla.

Investigators say Winner crossed into oncoming traffic, striking Jarrett's vehicle. All three men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Winner Jr. is founder of Winner International, the maker and marketer of The Club vehicle anti-theft device and other security systems.

Over the years, Winner aggressively launched a campaign to bring more jobs and better quality of life to Mercer County residents.

Winner International, Winner Steel, Winner Aviation, and the restoration of the old Westinghouse plant were among his contributions to the Shenango Valley industrial economy.

Winner, and his wife, Donna, also were involved in the funding and development of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Radisson Hotel, Tiffany’s Banquet Center, The Winner Department Store, Tara – A Country Inn, and most recently The Buhl Mansion Guesthouse and Spa.

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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

He was truly one of a kind . The Sharon area was fortunate to have him . May he rest in peace.

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2paulydel(1569 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

If other businesses did what Winner did maybe more companies would still be here in this country. What a terrible ending to a successfull life.

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I was in Clarion on Monday. One can never tell when your time is up, but Tuesay was Jim Winner's time. He left a true legacy and was admired by many. He will be missed. God rest his soul.

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4CoatesvilleAngel2(1 comment)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

Jim was a blessing to all who knew him.
He will be sadly missed.

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5IOM(3 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

I am grieving for him, his whole family as well as the families of the other vehicle. It had always been Jim's will to give back and sadly the whole Shenango Valley has lost a truly charmed soul. Implications of this event will have long-lasting effects on us all. You will be missed kind Sir. Rest in Peace. . .

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6seagull(20 comments)posted 5 years, 7 months ago

dmason...your words are harsh, but much truth in what you write. he stiffed many creditors in the '80s, and his business practices could make your toenails curl! i do feel for his family...and especially for the families of those involved in the other vehicle.

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