Eugene H. Winick, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and a resident of Hastings for 47 years, died Friday, Aug. 21, in White Plains, at age 84.
Gene was born in Jersey City, N.J., graduated from Taft High School in the Bronx at age 16, and drove west to enroll at the University of Colorado/Boulder. There he met his cherished wife, Ina (“Casey”) Hodes. They were married 57 years when she died in 2015.
Gene was a charter member of Hastings’ Drug Guidance Council, an active member of Temple Beth Shalom, and a t’ai chi devotee, famous for his Lunar New Year pork roast. He imbued his daughters Janet (Rubinstein), Hastings resident Leigh Ann (Winick), and Elizabeth (Rubinstein) with a zest for life and love of learning.
Gene was a graduate of New York Law School, and an attorney and partner at Ernst, Cane, Gitlin & Winick law firm in Manhattan, specializing in publishing and copyright law, representing such esteemed authors as William Burroughs, Ayn Rand, and Harold Robbins. In 1985, he acquired McIntosh & Otis, where his clients included bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, Harper Lee, and the estate of John Steinbeck.
Gene is survived by his daughters, six grandchildren — David, Daniel, and Dalia Rubinstein, Gabriel and Eli Pinkus, and Ava Rubinstein — and his sister, Ann Sendar.