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Tom Winspear is a big believer in the idea that if you’re going to do a job, you need to put your all into it. 

Winspear, who works in maintenance at Barrington Terrace of Fort Myers, is responsible for applying disinfectant around the community, and his dedication to the task has earned him the title of “Ghostbuster.” 

Although he has never seen the 1984 film about a team of specter hunters who use a backpack and spray wand to vaporize ghosts, when he’s all suited up and wielding his electrostatic sprayer, Winspear could easily fit in with Bill Murray and the gang. 

With enhanced sanitation and safety protocols in place to combat the COVID-19 virus, Winspear has a very important job at Barrington Terrace, and his commitment garnered him the Employee of the Month recognition. 

“The biggest thing is, it was something that needed to be done, and it fell into the hands of maintenance,” Winspear said.  

Once he learned the particulars of how to work the special electrostatic sprayer, a device designed to make disinfecting solutions adhere more evenly to surfaces, he took the job to heart. 

“I said, ‘I guess this is part of my job now,’ and I took it over and went for it. My philosophy is, if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right, or I’m not doing it,” he said.

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Winspear soon created a schedule for his COVID-busting. He sprays the hallways first thing every morning, then the other common areas. Each week, he gives a different hallway a little extra attention.

For a while, he was coming in seven days a week to keep the community disinfected, but he’s begun delegating the task to other staff members on the weekends.  

Winspear’s other responsibilities include changing light bulbs, fixing sinks and occasionally filling in as bus driver. His enthusiastic embrace of this new task isn’t a surprise to the people he works with.  

“Tom is a team player,” says senior care counselor Mindy Owens. “There isn’t anything you can’t ask him to do that he doesn’t just jump right in and help. He is such a great addition to our team!”

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Donna Isbell Walker

About the Author: Donna Isbell Walker

Donna is a former newspaper feature writer and editor whose passion is writing about WWII and Korean War veterans.