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By Kim Harris
Managing Editor 

Celebration of Life set for Menifee Mayor Neil Winter


Last updated 5/30/2018 at 11:14am

Shane Gibson

Neil Winter is elected as the city of Menifee's new mayor after a successful grassroots campaign. Winter put a strong emphasis on transparency and communication between the council and residents of Menifee.

A Celebration of Life honoring Menifee Mayor Neil Winter has been set for Saturday, June 2, from 8-9 p.m. The event, which is open to the public and will be held at the Sun City Civic Association, 26850 Sun City Blvd., in Sun City.

The celebration will feature tributes, light refreshments and music.

Winters, 65, died unexpectedly in the late evening hours Saturday, May 19.

Known about town as the "People's Mayor," Winter was elected to the city's top post following a grassroots campaign in 2016. He prided himself on his availability, devoting all his time as a retiree to the city.

Winter took a less conventional route to his council seat, which involved standing on street corners with his wife in order to grow a solid voter base. He said that he took this approach so that his supporters would recognize his devotion to the city.

"Most people who know me know I am very apolitical," Winter said. "I am not a politician. I don't really have anything to gain by being mayor, but the biggest reason that I ran is because I saw that we needed a change."


Winter was a retired teacher and software executive. Before his election, he was active with the Menifee Chamber of Commerce and had been a resident of the city since 2005. He made his first bid for Menifee City Council in 2015 coming in second in a field of four.

Winter was a strong advocate for open communication between the city and its residents.

The family has requested donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Menifee in lieu of flowers.

For ease of donations, a GoFundMe has been set up and can be accessed by visiting

For more information, call (951) 723-3880.

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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