Plastics packaging pioneer Paul Winkler, 80, died of natural causes Oct. 15 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates.
Before entering plastics, Winkler graduated in 1949 from the University of California Los Angeles and started a certified public accounting practice in Beverly Hills, where he served as business manager for performers such as Peggy Lee and Erroll Garner.
In 1967, Winkler entered the plastics industry as a manufacturer with his brother, Morris, and pioneered the technological development and commercialization of products such as the first plastic straw and the first plastic hair roller. Usual production included cutlery, cups, plates, paint trays, garden hoses and, later, PET food, confection and bakery packaging.
Companies he developed included Morwin-Products, Winkler Flexible Products Inc., Wincup Inc., Winform Inc., Winkler Forming Inc. and PWP Industries.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Christine; sons Christopher, Colin and Eric; and daughter Jollee Patterson.
Christopher and Colin Winkler established thermoformer Winplast LLC of Vernon, Calif., in 2005.
Winkler supported UCLA and the Winklers established scholarships for UCLA freshmen.
Winkler assisted the Redondo Beach, Calif., facility of Wellness Community, a nonprofit support organization for cancer patients where his wife is a psychotherapist.