Winston Laszlo, 73, of Wheeler, Oregon, died Apr. 16, 2019 in Denver, Co. from brain cancer.
Winston was born May 7, 1945, in Los Angeles. The third of four children, born to father Aladar Laszlo of Budapest, Hungary, and mother Margit (Fellegi) Laszlo of St. Louis, Mo. Winston and his siblings grew up in Beverly Hills.
Winston graduated from U.C. Berkeley. In the late 1960’s he moved to southern Colorado to help establish the Red Rockers Commune in the Huerfano Valley. Ten years later, Winston moved to Denver where he got involved in the Denver Film Festival. In 1981 he hired Maranne Doyle to do artwork for the festival. Eleven years later they married.
From the Denver Film Festival Winston went to work at the local PBS TV station. There he met educator, author and PBS host John Bradshaw. For ten years Winston took Bradshaw around the U.S., Europe and Australia, making TV appearances, conducting lectures and workshops on “inner child” recovery work.
In 1996 Winston and Maranne quit their jobs, packed up 13-month-old son Branson and their dog, and moved full-time into a 32-foot motor home. They lived on the road the next three years. Late 1998 the family settled on the north coast of Oregon, purchasing the near-vacant Rinehart Clinic building in downtown Wheeler. After a year-and-a-half of renovations, they opened the “Old Wheeler Hotel”.
Winston’s love of theater and acting landed him in many Cannon Beach Theater productions. His gifts included being a great husband, father, friend, teacher, and adventurer. He leaves a legacy of love, creative energy, and a childlike spirit; reminding us “Fun is job one!”
Winston is survived by his wife, Maranne Doyle Laszlo, his son, Branson Laszlo, of Wheeler, Or.; his brother Larry Laszlo of Denver, Co.; sister Victoria Laszlo of Santa Fe, NM; stepson Jason Harrell Laszlo of Dillon, Co.; nieces Corrina Laszlo of Las Vegas, NM; Ursa Laszlo of Arvada, Co.
A celebration of Winston’s life will be held in Wheeler, Or. Time and place will be announced at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is grateful for donations to Branson’s film project about his dad. You can contribute at the following web address: www.gofundme.com/ourwinnie