- Jerry Weinberg
Jerome Harold Weinberg — owner of Burlington’s beloved former restaurant Five Spice Café, Brooklyn boy, lover of poetry, dumpling maker, storyteller, collector of jokes, owner of several definitely-not-fat cats, justice seeker, slingshotter 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 though we have the obligation to do right by each other.
Jerry is survived by his brother, David Weinberg of Newport, N.H.; 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 P.O. Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402 or cotsonline.org/make-a-donation-now, or to make a donation to help get a new wheelchair for Jerry’s roommate Chris at Birchwood Terrace at 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.