Sid Winoker, founder of Winoker Realty Company, died on October 16, 2016, at the age of 86.
Mr Winoker suffered heart failure and passed away at Stamford Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Born June 17, 1929, in the Bronx, Mr Winoker was raised in New Rochelle and graduated from the town high school in 1947 before enrolling in Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.
In 1951, he joined the Army and served as a Morse Code translator in Germany for three years. Upon his discharge in 1954, he took some graduate courses in real estate at NYU and then started out as a broker with Newmark & Company in NYC. Aaron Gural was his boss.
He cut his teeth in the business leasing space in the Garment Center. At Newmark, he met and partnered with Alfred Weissman and, in the early 1970’s he and Alfred started a real estate company, Weissman & Winoker Realty Company, where they focused on management and brokerage in Manhattan as well as development projects outside of Manhattan.
Mr Winoker launched his eponymous management and leasing company in the early 1980s and was joined by his son David in the late 80s.The firm specialized in the management and leasing of Garment District space and David and Sid worked side by side until Davidʼs tragic death in a sky-diving accident in 2012.
The company was subsequently bought by a group of investors led by ID Real Estate Partners’ Ira Fishman and Dana Moskowitz in 2013. Fishman had worked at Winoker from 1998 to 2008. During the last seven years of his tenure, he served as Winoker’s partner. The company was subsequently renamed EVO Real Estate.
A spokeswoman for the Winoker family said Mr Winoker was known by all for his honesty, integrity and dry sense of humor.
He is survived by his daughter Gail, brother Arthur, grandchildren Jared, Hillary & Allyson, daughter-in-law Jillian and several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Milton, wife Irma and son David.