homepage logo

S. Robert Winer

Jan 16, 2019

S. Robert Winer died on Friday, January 11, 2018 at his residence at Windham Terrace, an assisted living community in Windham, NH. He was 98 years old and had lived most of his life in Nashua.

He was born in Nashua on March 5, 1920 to Harry and Eva (Simon) Winer. His grandfather, Ezekiel Simon, had emigrated from Russia to Nashua and was one of the first Jewish residents of the city and one of the founders of Congregation Beth Abraham. His father owned a shoe store on Main Street and his mother raised Bob and his four siblings on Russell Avenue. He graduated at the age of sixteen from Nashua High School, Class of 1935 and went on to the University of New Hampshire where he majored in political science, participated in intercollegiate swimming and handball, joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and graduated with the Class of 1939. He began his law studies the following year at Boston University, but World War II intervened and, in September,1941, he entered active duty as a commissioned officer. In December, 1941 he married Dorothy L. Misch of Providence, RI, whom he had met while both were counselors at Camp Naticook in Merrimack, NH. He trained as a glider pilot with the U.S. Army Air Corps and flew two missions behind enemy lines, the first into France on D-Day, and the second into Holland in September, 1944. He fought with the 26th Regiment of the famous Big Red One Division, attained the rank of First Lieutenant and received an Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

After the war, Bob resumed his law studies at Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Bacon Law Club and graduated with the Class of 1948. That same year he began practicing law at the Nashua firm of Sullivan and Gregg and became a member of the Nashua and New Hampshire State Bar Associations, in which he was active during his entire career. In 1959, he and two partners founded the firm of Nelson, Winer and Lynch, now Winer and Bennett, from which he retired in 1990. In 1955, Bob and Dorothy built the house on Wood Street in the North End where they raised their three sons. He was active in the James A. Coffey Post of the American Legion, where he served as Commander, was a longtime trustee of the Nashua Public Library, served on the Nashua Board of Education, and was a member of the Nashua Country Club. Bob was an avid skier, sailor and gardener, and his love of the outdoors led to his involvement with the Nissitissit River Land Trust and the Beaver Brook Association in Hollis, where he lived for a number of years. At the age of 94, he was awarded the Medal of the French Legion of Honor for his service in the liberation of France from the German Occupation of WWII.

He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy in 1988. A second marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by two sisters, Anne Bleich of Greenport, NY and Judith Brown of Santa Barbara, CA, a brother, David Winer and his wife Judy of Bloomfield, CT, son Marc and his wife Susan of London, UK, son Jonathan of Stoneham, MA and son Matthew of Boston, as well as his grandchildren Aviv Winer of Centerport, NY, Sam Yahel of Brooklyn, NY and Kazumi Iwamoto of Greenfield, MA and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Donations may be made to the Beaver Brook Association, Nissitissit River Land Trust or the Nashua Public Library. Those who wish to leave messages of condolence may visit the website of the Carrier Family Funeral Home and Crematory at carrierfuneralhome.com.