Winston Watnik

Obituary of Winston Watnik

Winston Bennett Watnik, 59, passed away on Sunday, June 23 in Princeton, NJ. He was born on December 26, 1953 in Philadelphia, PA. Winston attended Franconia College in New Hampshire, where he studied Theater Arts. He graduated from the Chubb Insurance Institute in Summit, NJ, where he learned multiple programming languages. He then began a dual career as an expert software developer and a pension fund investment consultant. Winston was a longtime resident of SoHo, NY, before moving to Princeton in 1990. He headed Watnik & Son, a financial consulting firm, with offices in the Empire State Building and in Princeton. As a means of bringing computers into elementary school classrooms, Winston founded the Princeton Desk Company. Winston shared his love of Hawaii with his family. He instilled a deep appreciation of the arts in his children. Winston was an avid fan of jazz and reggae music. His appreciation of reggae originated from his trip to Jamaica with his wife Mona, where he met Bob Marley's mother and visited the musician's tomb. He was the son of Bette Ignatin and Morton Watnik. Winston is survived by his wife Mona Dabbagh Watnik, his children Zoe, Richard, and Lily, and by his brother, Webster Watnik. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at The Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Winston's honor to the Franconia College Legacy Fund, 8489-1 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, 37 Pleasant Street Concord, NH 03301.
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