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By Phillip R Smith   
March 24, 2010

Jonathan H. Winer (1951-2010)


Jonathan H. Winer, a USCF member from Melrose, Massachusetts, formerly of Burlington, Vermont, died March 17, 2010 at home in Melrose. He was 58. 

He was born November 30, 1951 in Abington, Pennsylvania, the son of David and Janet (Ratner) Winer. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1973 and received a juris doctor degree from New York University in 1976. He worked for Nixon Hargrave, a law firm in Rochester, New York, before settling in Burlington, Vt. with his family. He worked for many years in the legal department of Green Mountain Power in Vermont and later for Mountain Energy, a subsidiary dedicated to wind power. More recently, he worked in Boston for LaCapra Associates and Essex Power Services. 

While residing in Burlington for 20 years, he became an active member of the community, including serving as president of the synagogue at Temple Sinai in South Burlington. 

He was an avid chess player and reached the rank of Class A. Through his son's involvement with chess, he became interested in learning how to run chess tournaments. He eventually became director of the state of Vermont's scholastic chess program and organized and directed events at various Green Mountain State locations, including the Vermont Chess Camp in Warren, the South Royalston Chess Club in Waitsfield, and the Randolph Chess Club. 

Besides chess, he loved photography, skiing, and traveling. He was also an avid runner. 

Besides his parents in Shelburne, Vermont, he leaves his wife of 35 years, Carolyn (Winters) Winer; a son, FIDE master Steven M. Winer of Melrose; a daughter, Rachel L. Winer, also of Melrose; two brothers and a sister.

Obituary submitted by George Mirijanian, Massachusetts Chess Association 

Jonathan H. Winer - may you rest in peace.