Jim Winner Jr. dies in crash

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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