December 27, 2022


Sydney Weinstock, 81, of Dallas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center with his family at his bedside.


Born in Wilkes-Barre on February 13, 1941, he was the son of the late Jacob and Sophie Savitz Weinstock. His father (who died when Syd was 16 years old) was a tremendous role model who Syd deeply adored throughout his entire life. Despite the loss of his father at a young age, Syd’s willpower and perseverance led him to have a very successful life and reputation. He was a graduate of GAR High School (class of 1958) and went on to graduate from Temple University School of Pharmacy in 1962 on a full scholarship. For the majority of his career, Syd was a pharmacist at the former Rite Aid Pharmacy on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre where he was affectionately known as the legendary “Sid On The Square” (or “Sid the Shooter” during flu vaccine season). He had a great relationship with his co-workers and customers and truly valued his career and the lasting impacts he made on the community. Of utmost importance, Syd’s family was his pride and joy. He adored the memories made with his wife, children, and granddaughter and was always the biggest fan of all their accomplishments. He enjoyed spending many precious moments with his family, especially during the holiday seasons and on family trips. Syd was notorious for his amazing dance moves and always knew how to entertain a crowd with endless stories. Most recently, he was given the blessing of his beautiful granddaughter, Sophie, who he cherished and was lovingly known as “Zayde”. His character and personality will forever be remembered as one-of-a-kind. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ina Mae Sloop.

He is survived by his wife, Inez Malacari Weinstock (“til we dance again”); children, Dr. Jered Weinstock of Alaska, Atty. Jeremy Weinstock of Dallas, and Atty. Shana (Myer) Messinger of Dallas; a granddaughter, Sophie Messinger; his loving and dear brother Jay Bruce of Kingston, and sister Arlene Kratz of Wilkes-Barre and several nieces and nephews.


Private funeral service was held from the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc. 348 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre with interment in Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville.


The family would like to recognize the ICU staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for allowing Syd’s journey back home to be beautiful and peaceful.

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