Veteran EDA board member dies

Patricia Wines

Longtime member of the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Patricia S. “Patty” Wines died Tuesday after a battle with cancer.

Wines, 81, served on the EDA’s Board of Directors for 16 years and as its chairwoman since 2008. She recently was reappointed to the board. Wines also served on the Board of Supervisors from 1988-1992 representing the Happy Creek District.

William M. “Bill” Biggs, an EDA board member since 1988, spoke highly of Wines.

“She had plenty of experience and she was a wonderful person to go along with it,” Biggs said Wednesday. “She was a good thinker.”

Wines also worked well as a supervisor, Biggs added.

“She could think – that was the main thing about her – and she was honest about stuff and informative, too,” Biggs said.

Supervisors reappointed Wines to the EDA board in November.

“She was a darn good chairman and stayed on top of things and I was really sorry to see her go so quick, my golly,” Biggs said.

Wines also was a good accountant and ran Wines Bookkeeping and Tax Services with her husband David beginning in 1968. Her husband, also well known and active in the community, died in October 2014.

Patricia Wines graduated from Warren County High School in the 1953 and married her husband a few years later, Biggs said.

The EDA board at its meeting in late June elected new officers. Wines did not attend the meeting. Board members, apparently knowing about Wines’ health, elected Vice Chairman L. Greg Drescher to serve as chairman, Biggs said. The board also elected Bruce Drummond as vice chairman, Brendan Arbuckle as secretary and Biggs as treasurer. Drescher, a member since 2005 whose term expires Feb. 28, 2019, also serves as the superintendent of Warren County Public Schools.

EDA Executive Jennifer McDonald called Wines one of the most dedicated women she’s known who devoted her energy to the betterment of Front Royal and Warren County. Drescher called Wines the ever-present voice of reason and determination that guided the EDA.