Eric Howard Weinberg passed away peacefully on March 22, 2022, at the age of 66 years, after a courageous battle with a prolonged illness. He was surrounded by his loved ones who will honor his legacy by living life as he did, with a commitment to family and friends, community, hard work, and good times.
Eric was an army brat, born at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His early childhood years were spent in Far Rockaway, New York, before his family settled in Somerset, New Jersey. Eric was a proud graduate of Rutgers College (77’), where he met Diane Santoro Weinberg, his loving wife and devoted best friend. An English major, Eric also covered sports for the Rutgers Daily Targum, and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, serving as the fraternity’s president. Eric’s passion for Rutgers would remain with him and Diane, and be passed on to their boys throughout his life. He was a season ticket holder for bother Rutgers Football and Basketball, and could often be found with family and friends at a tailgate and football game in the fall, a basketball game at a rocking “RAC,” and many Rutgers Soccer games.
Eric attended Boston University Law School and started his legal career in the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office after graduation. In 1984 he started his own law practice representing individuals who had been injured by defective products. Some of his professional achievements are documented in a book that he coauthored with Donna Shaw, titled Blood on Their Hands. The book tells the story of how inept government and corporate interests allowed HIV tainted blood products to be used as treatment for thousands of hemophiliacs.
Many things in life brought Eric great joy, chiefly among them, his family. Nothing compared to watching his four sons play soccer from youth through college. He also loved spending time with his family at their home on Long Beach Island, NJ during the summer months where he, Diane, his boys, and many others piled into their small 1950s Cape Cod house with no insulation for countless unforgettable nights. There, Eric enjoyed making memories and ensuring everyone enjoyed lots of good food, good drinks, good music, and good times.
Eric was a gentle giant of a man and radiated happiness, warmth, kindness, and generosity that could be felt by all in his presence. His calm, thoughtful, and caring demeanor made him an excellent mentor and role model as a husband, father, brother, son, friend, and professional. Eric will be most remembered for finding magic in the simple moments as he dubbed every meal, family gathering, outing, and day as “the best ever.”
Eric is predeceased by his loving parents, Shelia and Alan Weinberg and his beloved younger sister Mindy Weinberg. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Diane Santoro Weinberg; his sons Alan ‘Jake’ (Erin), Arnold (Maria), Michael (Veronica), and Noah (Juno); his brother Jay Weinberg (Gigi); his sisters-in-law Nancy McComb (Robert) and Georgia Geiger (EJ); as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at the Highland Park Conservative Temple – Congregation Anshe Emeth. Burial will follow at Beth Israel Cemetery, Woodbridge, New Jersey. The family will be sitting shiva at the Weinberg home, 81 Harrison Avenue, Highland Park, Wednesday through Friday, concluding at 5 p.m. on Friday. Evening services will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey or the Highland Park Conservative Temple meal fund.
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