Lake County Deputy Dies Suddenly in Lake Zurich Home

Sheriff Mark Curran says passing of Deputy Brian Winandy, 39, "left a void in our ranks and a heaviness in our hearts."

The Lake County Sheriff's Office announced the unexpected death of one of their deputies, Lake Zurich resident, Brian Winandy, 39. He was found dead of natural causes in his Lake Zurich home at about 5 p.m., June 28, according to the news release.

Sheriff Mark Curran said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian’s family, in particular his son, mother and sister and all of Brian’s friends.  He was a distinguished deputy whose pride of the profession was only exceeded by the love and pride he felt for his son Jarred."

 “Brian was the personification of the man who filled the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds of distance run.  His passing has left a void in our ranks and a heaviness in our hearts," said Curran in the news release.

Deputy Winandy began his law enforcement career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) in October 5, 1998.  During his time with the LCSO, Deputy Winandy worked in the Court Security and Highway Patrol Divisions.  Prior to coming to the sheriff’s office he was a Community Service Officer with Northbrook Police department. He also served in the United States Marine Corps.

Lake County Sheriff Chief Wayne Hunter said the deputy's passing was shocking as he was very healthy, other than being diabetic. Hunter said Deputy Winandy died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Funeral arrangements are pending.


Steve Brancato June 30, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Brian....we are going to miss you so much. Words can't descibe what you meant to us. You are a great friend and dad. God's gain is definately our loss. Hope they can take your sence of humor up there!. Love Steve, Michele, Steve JR, Kim and Ty.
mark t matuga June 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Brian always kept people together.no matter what.i had the good fortune to befriend him and to share good times.forever a corsair.when you walk down the same hallway you look forward to whats ahead for you and you look back and remember who will be beside you.through dreams and hopes you will never be the same.you remember through every open door their is something and someone who makes friendship possible brian i will always remember for opening my eyes for making me see this even more clearly now.god bless his family.
Missie Behenna DeMatteis July 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Brian I will miss u were a great friend and a great father I will miss my Bww buddy love and miss u
Gregg Szczesny July 03, 2012 at 07:41 PM
It is a quote from Ridyard Kipling's poem "IF" which I would encourage all to read and study for its inspiring content. "filled the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds of distance run" means he made the most of every second in the race of life.
Nico Bernardi September 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Brian I didn't know u but I know u loved my best friend that I love and her mother and all my prayers towards u and the family


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