Jerry Weinberg
1939 - 2019
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Jerry Weinberg

- - 3/6/39 - 1/2/19

Jerome Harold Weinberg - owner of Burlington's beloved former restaurant Five Spice Cafe, Brooklyn boy, lover of poetry, dumpling-maker, storyteller, collector of jokes, owner of several definitely not-fat cats, justice-seeker, sling-shotter of squirrels, movie fan, radio show caller, teacher, writer, labor organizer, iconoclast, profanity-spewer, lover of jazz, generous spirit, righter of wrongs, aspiring cartoonist, pal to many, brother, husband, ex-husband, father, grandfather - has died.

Not always an easy man to be with, he still taught so many of us so much about food, music, books, and the necessity of living as if we have the obligation to do right by each other.

Jerry is survived by his brother, David Weinberg of Newport, New Hampshire; ex-wife and longtime friend, business partner and companion Ginger Hobbs, daughter Cheryl Herrick and partner Gregory Giordano and most-beloved grandsons Ethan Charles Herrick and Zander Reed Herrick, all of Burlington, and many friends and admirers. Cheryl and Ginger were with him at the end, and many friends came by in those final days to make a last offering of friendship and love.

Our family is humbled by the kindness of many caregivers who provided guidance, support, care and comfort through the years of his illness - doctors and healers of many sorts, and the extraordinary teams of Grandway Commons, Ethan Allen Residence, Birchwood Terrace, and Bayada Hospice.

We invite any who wish to tangibly honor Jerry to donate to COTS at PO Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402 or http://cotsonline.org/make-a-donation-now/, or by making a donation to help get a new wheelchair for Jerry's roommate Chris at Birchwood Terrace at https://www.gofundme.com/help-chris-get-special-wheel-chair. Chris and Jerry looked out for each other while rooming together, and Chris was a friend and guardian to Jerry as his health declined.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington





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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 7, 2019.
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March 7, 2019
Sayonara, dear brother.

We had many moments of disagreement. And sharing.

Your brother in neighboring state,

~dave
January 27, 2019
My first-ever job in Burlington was at Five Spice, where I got to know Jerry, Ginger, and Cheryl. Such lovely people. I've only learned today of Jerry's passing, and I'm saddened by the loss of this community icon in Burlington. After working for only a few months at Five Spice, every time I ran into Jerry around town, he'd greet me with a warm, How ya doin', pal? And then he'd chat with me about whatever was on his mind; an observation on current events, a question he was pondering, .... Cheryl and Ginger, I send you both my warmest condolences. My thoughts are with you and all who loved Jerry.
Beverly Keim
January 26, 2019
I have to say goodbye to a friend today, a father figure, one of the safest places I've ever known. I long to be poised and show strength in my grief yet it engulfs me in moments that do not pass quickly enough. Please walk slowly Jerry, I'll catch up to you some day. With Rags and Old Iron And the sounds of the old, walk slowly and I'll listen for that raspy voice that calms me, the stories that could never unfold the way you can tell them, and the realness of you that was always refreshing in a world as superficial as this. Thankyou for loving me the way I am, for walking through hard times and days of laughter with me, and for being a father to me when mine had to go so early. You have taught me much. An empty place in this world appeared when you left it and I will miss you dearly...until we meet again by Gods sweet grace
Nikki Zuanich
January 25, 2019
Jerry was a great guy and I will miss him. Sunday dim sum brunch was an absolute must but the thing that made it truly special was when Jerry would come out from the kitchen to talk and share a drink with us. I regret that he never finished his somewhat mystical baseball novel (about the members of the 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers who mysteriously wake in the present day) but it was fun talking about it with him, especially when he asked me to review the manuscript-in-progress. His definitely was a life worth living, as evidenced by the number of people he has touched during it. My deepest condolences to Ginger, Cheryl, and all of his family and friends!
Jim McHugh
January 25, 2019
Bronwyn and I are very sorry to learn about Jerry. Our sympathies to all of the 5 Spice crew. We have great memories of the people and the great food.
Gary Sisco
January 25, 2019
The Five Spice was the go-to restaurant when I was in college. It was a very exciting place. I am grateful to Mr. Weinberg for such an inspired restaurant. It was an amazing place, forever in my memory. May he rest in eternal peace. My sincerest condolences to his family and community.
Randy Orso
January 18, 2019
My fondest memory of Jerry goes back to visits to the old house in Passaic -- Jerry surrounded by huge piles of papers and books, editing many of them. That wry humor and deep social conscience was always in evidence.
I am glad to have made one visit to Burlington and their wonderful restaurant. I want to send special fond wishes to my friend Ginger, and to Cheryl and extended family and Jerry's many friends.
Carolyn Wolfe
January 8, 2019
So sorry. He sounds like a passionate man who will live on in many people's memories. Sending you and your family comforting thoughts.
Robin Lockerby
January 7, 2019
In his honor I cooked a dinner from the Chinese cookbook he gave me so many years ago.
Much love to all.
Zenia Victor
January 7, 2019
Sympathies to Ginger and the Family. Mike loved going there to do the painting or whatever Jerry needed to be done just so he could get a sampling of his delicious cooking. Jerry always had a good story or joke to tell with that lovely voice of his.
Emmy&Mike Madigan
January 7, 2019
I remember him taking his cooking class up to Montreal to buy spices in Chinatown. I learned many things about cooking and Jerry on that trip. We did enjoy the Five Spice restaurant also. thank you for being.
Al Martinez
January 7, 2019
Cheryl, Ginger and Family,
So sorry to read of Jerry's passing.
I love the descriptions of his persona. Jerry was such an interesting man..I so enjoyed his wit and the twinkle in his eye when he was up to something, during his time at Grand Way Commons.
He was so fortunate to have the support of his family and he always talked fondly of the boys!
Thinking of you during this time of loss
Linda Ready
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