May 04, 2006
Ron Winokur was perhaps one of the most brilliant people I have
ever known. I learned more about 20th century art and design from
him than from any other source. He was generous with his knowledge
and passionate in his opinions. I will miss his relentless energy
and drive, as well as his wicked sense of humor.
August 12, 2006
The Ron Winokur that I knew (for well over 20 years) was probably
the most honorable person I have ever met.
We met in the early 80's when I offered Ron a collection of 19th
century French paintings for what turned out to be a fraction of
what they were worth (I was new to the art market back then).
Instead of buying the paintings from me, Ron told me I was making a
mistake, showed me what they were really worth and sent me to
Christies in New York where I received twenty times what I had been
At Ron's funeral I found out that I wasn't the only one he had done
this for. From that time on he became one of my dearest friend.
Ron was a good man who believed in both God, country and his fellow
man. He was generous to a fault, donating time and money to many a
worthy cause. I'm proud to have known him and I will miss Ron
Winokur until the day I die.