Matthew Winstanley

Obituary of Matthew Frederick Winstanley

Matthew Frederick Winstanley, age 74, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away December 11, 2021 in Winchester, Virginia after a short battle with cancer. 

Matt was the son of the late Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Winstanley and grew up in Monroeville, Pennsylvania with his brothers Roger and Russell Winstanley and sister Carol Miller.  He graduated from Gateway High School, where he still holds school records in the 440 yard relay and the 220 yard race, and went on to attend Penn State University and graduate from Elon University.  In addition to running, Matt loved soccer, and coached for both Steel Valley and the Pittsburgh Dynamo.  Matt was also a talented musician, and in the footsteps of his parents, he played the piano and flute.  Always the animal lover, Matt cared for and rescued many animals over the course of his life, including dogs, cats, fish, turtles, snakes, iguanas, birds, rabbits, hamsters, hens, pigs, and horses.  Matt enjoyed going camping with his family in his motorhome, including one memorable trip to Cape May, New Jersey, where he won a contest by fitting twenty-two cheeseballs into his mouth at once.  Matt’s passion was driving and collecting cars.  

Matt is deeply missed and is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nancy; his brother Roger Winstanley and his spouse Christine O’Hara Winstanley; his sister Carol Miller; his brother Russell Winstanley; his daughter Erin Winstanley and her spouse Scott Lyle; his son Nathan Winstanley and his spouse Kristin Winstanley; his grandsons Ethan and Brennan Winstanley; his daughter Katie Winstanley McKnight and her spouse Brian McKnight; his granddaughters Annemarie and Eva McKnight; his son Matthew Todd Winstanley and his partner Brenna Comacchio; and his beloved dogs (Bubba and Ethel), and horses (Bubba, Oakley, and Mattie Girl).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Matt’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (


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