- - 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