Funeral Details


Funeral Details

Harold Winston


Interment - Private

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Wednesday, February 17 - 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 20 - 7:00 pm

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Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Harold Winston graduated from Bronx High School of Science and City College where he played on the chess teams. At the University of Chicago, he was captain of the chess team and won the decisive game in the 1968 US Intercollegiate that gave the U of C the Championship! He played against the Northwestern team, including George R.R. Martin whom you probably know as the author of “Game of Thrones”. Martin featured him in a short story as a character he named “Hal Winslow”. Harold continued as a lifelong member of the U.S. Chess Federation, serving as a delegate for many years, Chairman of the Bylaws Committee, worked on the Executive Board, and served as President from 1987-1990. He then served many years as CEO and Chairman of the U.S. Chess Trust, the Federation’s 501c3 non-profit organization. Harold was constantly inclusive, supporting Women’s, Scholastic, and inner-city teams and their efforts. He championed college chess and brought it into a position of importance within USCF. Harold attended every USCF Open Tournament and delegate meeting since 1968 and even has the T Shirts to prove it! After working towards a history degree at the University of Chicago, Harold later went to Law School at Loyola University, where he graduated magna cum laude, attending school at night and working full-time during the day at the Social Security Department. After Law Schoool, he clerked for the Honorable Allen Hartman, Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court. Discovering another deep interest, he worked for the Post-Conviction Division (now Legal Resource Division) of the Cook County Public Defender, taking on some of the most difficult cases. He felt this was defending the constitutional right of every citizen to a fair representation. He won new trials for people convicted of murder in at least seven separate cases. His most famous case was that of Alton Logan who was incarcerated 26 years for a murder he did not commit. Logan was freed and his case was featured in a segment of “60 Minutes” in which Harold appeared. Harold went on to lecture at many educational institutions about difficulties in the legal system as evidenced by that case. Harold was also active in the committee involved in reviewing the Chicago Police as well as the Constitution Society. What facts and figures fail to convey, however, was the breadth and depth of Harold’s extraordinary compassion for other human beings. Whether an innocent prisoner languishing forgotten in jail, an elderly relative alone, a young child misunderstood, or a nervous legal intern trying to fit in, Harold had a smile and comfort for them all. His colleagues describe him as “beloved” due to his unflagging efforts on behalf of others. Never too tired; never too busy, he was there for them all. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Carol Weinberg, his daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine Winston, his brother and sister in law, Marvin and Ellen Winston of New Jersey, and his nieces and nephews, Emily Winston, Sarah and Steve Platovskiy (Ava and Jake), and Jessica and Kevin Bulmer (Frankie). Charitable donations should be made to the U.S. Chess Trust, www.uschesstrust.org. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the chapel and interment are private. Harold’s funeral can be viewed on the Chicago Jewish Funerals website, live streamed on Wednesday, 2/17/2021 at 10 am CST, or later as indicated on their website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals-Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822, www.cjfinfo.com


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I am sending my heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth and the entire Winston Family.

Linda Jenkins

February 15, 2021
My condolences to his wife, daughters and his entire family. May you be each others strength.

annette berryhill

February 15, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Harold's entire family and to the clients he served so compassionately over the years. He will be sorely missed in the criminal defense community.

Chick Hoffman

February 15, 2021
Harold was an inspiration for all of us who had to work with him on police oversight matters. He was also a mensch, who will be deeply missed. You have our heartfelt condolencez in this time of loss.

David Melton

February 15, 2021
Elizabeth and Katherine I am sending you my deepest condolences. Your dad was one of my favorite people, ever. You guys are in my prayers.

Dorothell Harris

February 15, 2021
I worked with Harold at the Cook County Public Defenders office. He was a lovely man, and did a lot of good in this world. He will be missed.

Georgeen Carson

February 15, 2021
Rest on Brother Harold Winston, well and faithful warrior who stood against wrongful convictions and Chicago police torture that led to over 200 African American and Latino men to suffer behind the walls of Illinois prisons. Harold pushed even while sick, he stood when others did not understand him, and his hard dedicated work played a role in me being able to secure my freedom. At age 16 years old in 1981 I was tortured. I spent 28 years in prison and it would have been even longer had not Harold providing key information that helped to free me. I am so blessed to have known a person like him. I was sentence to natural life in prison and told that I would die behind prison walls, but he did not leave me behind. This is one of my hero's and someone that I believe all of you should have known. I will miss your smile! and dedication toward men and women that were poor and voiceless.

Mark Clements

February 15, 2021
Harold, I will miss your good humor, your laugh, your sharp intellect, your profound decency, your sparkling appreciation of life, and your insights at our book club. You made essential contributions to civil society and Tikun Olam (repairing the world). Truly a mensch (honorable person). Your memory will be a blessing. Warmest condolences to your beautiful family.

Roger Merel

February 16, 2021
What a loss to our office. I can't imagine the post-conviction unit without you there. My most sincere condolences to your family.

Christa Petty

February 16, 2021
I remember Harold's twinkling eyes, his incisive mind, his goofy laugh, his commitment to doing the right thing and his fearless speaking truth to power.

Marc Blesoff

February 16, 2021
Harold was an institution in our Office! His commitment to our clients, his deep knowledge, and his good humor will be sadly missed with his passing.

Andrea Lubelfeld

February 16, 2021
I will miss Harold. He was a mentor to me at LRD and always supportive. He called me just a few weeks ago to congratulate me on my new job and to say how much he would miss me at the PDs. I am truly grateful to have worked with him. My deepest condolences to his family.

Armando Sandoval

February 16, 2021
Harold was a Public Defender's Public Defender. He left no rock unturned in the search to uncover the truth for his clients. He will be deeply missed in our office. May his memory be a blessing.

Beth Tarzia

February 16, 2021
To the Family of Harold Winston: There are "no words" that can capture Harold except dedicated vision with commitment to the cause. He had a big heart for others or what you may say is a "servant" for those that the scales of justice did not weigh correctly and fairly balance. I will miss that laugh of his and only he knew what and where things were in that messy office of his. Lol
He has been missed, will be missed and forever a part of the Public Defender Family. Enjoy your rest, Harold

Victoria (Vickie) Haynes

February 16, 2021
First and foremost our heartfelt condolences go to Harold Winston's family..

Harold Winston's achievements in promotion of and advocacy for chess and its community are too numerous to cover. They define him as a leader and as a person.

We have worked with Harold in chess every year since 1974. We were impressed with his always going out of his way to include as many people and ideas as he could. Harold's patience, tolerance, humor and kindness to all, friend or foe, even under fire, defined him as person. Harold Winston will never be forgotten. It is hard to imagine anyone who can replace him.

RIP Harold.

Myron and Rachel Lieberman

February 17, 2021
I only worked with Harold on one case, but I saw him frequently at the criminal courthouse. Whenever I saw him, he was trailed by at least 2 mentees with whom he was sharing his years of experience and his passion for justice. He never lost his spark or tired of fighting the system for what he believed was right. He fought long and hard for Alton Logan, an innocent man who was freed from prison, largely by Harold's efforts. I hope his family and friends will find some comfort in the knowledge that Harold made an enormous difference in so many lives.

Susan Smith

February 17, 2021
My deepest condolences to Harold's family. I feel fortunate to have known him and will try to live up to his example of being a fierce advocate while still being one of the kindest men I've ever met. He will be missed deeply.

Jonathan Gulden

February 17, 2021
I want to offer my deepest condolences to Dr. Weinberg and the family. Harold was a great man who cared deeply about his clients and was always kind and generous to his colleagues. We are all better for having known him.

Kulmeet Galhotra

February 17, 2021
Harold was just an all around good man. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, he cared deeply for the work that he did because he believed in justice and fairness. He was always there to help others in the office when they needed it. I will miss him greatly.

Kevin Ochalla

February 17, 2021
I extend my condolences to Harold's family. He was an extraordinary person, and the world is a better place because of him. I am honored to have known him.

Richard Labrador

February 17, 2021
Harold will be missed by his clients and fellow attorneys and staff at the Public Defender's Office. My condolences to his family.

Eileen Pahl

February 17, 2021
Harold will be missed. The tributes to him at the funeral service were all well deserved.

Barbara Stern

February 17, 2021
I met Harold 25 years ago when I was working on capital post-conviction petitions with Dick Cunningham. Harold was always kind and generous with his time and ideas, and I will miss him.

Stephen Journey

February 17, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Harold's family. I am deeply saddened by his passing, he was a great mentor to me. He was always willing to guide me in the representation of my clients and shared his love of opera with me. Sometimes I would help him translate letters or conversations with his clients and always admired how caring and respectful he was towards them and how they truly appreciated him. I will miss him dearly.

Elizabeth Ribbeck

February 17, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Dr. Weinberg and her family and friends.

randee adams

February 17, 2021
I am sorry to hear about your loss. I ALWAYS enjoyed our visits and his "crazy" laugh. My sympathy to you Carol, Elizabeth, and Katherine

martine Nelson

February 17, 2021
Harrold was a inspirational person. He personified tireless commitment to his clients and to the cause of public defense. He will be greatly missed.

Ali Flaum

February 17, 2021
My sincere condolences Harold's family. He is a legend in the Chicago legal community, an inspiration to so many, and he will be greatly missed.

Josh Tepfer

February 17, 2021
Harold was a titanic figure in his field, so respected and beloved by those he worked with and those he worked for, an irreplaceable source of wisdom and generosity. We were so lucky to have known him! Wishing comfort to his dear ones.

jeanne bishop

February 17, 2021
We will miss you, Harold, and the tireless work you did on behalf of so many who were falsely charged and convicted through police torture and false confessions. I and the Chicago Alliance got to know you first in the defense of Mark Clement, who was tortured by the police as a teenager. I know that he and many others owe their freedom to the work that you and the movement did. Your work in keeping the Police Accountability Collaborative together through the years was part of this struggle. You have left much that needs to be finished, but I promise that we will carry it on with your memory.

Ted Pearson

February 17, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Carol, Elizabeth, and Katherine. I wish you comfort during this difficult time.

Mara Krufka

February 17, 2021
Who can forget Harold's appearance on 60 Minutes in the wake of his heroic work on behalf of Alton Logan, an innocent man wrongly convicted of murder. But the public side of Harold's work was only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. He saved people. In so doing, he did G-d's work. May his memory be for a blessing.


February 17, 2021
My condolences to Harold's family and friends. There was no kinder person in the Illinois criminal justice and post-conviction community. Fighting in a system that encourages people to be, at best, indifferent to one another, Harold was unfailingly positive and encouraging in ever situation in which I encountered him. May his memory be a blessing.

Tara Thompson

February 17, 2021
Harold taught us all in the Office by example. He reminded us that our best efforts were often the only assets that our clients still possessed, and that their trust in us was sacred and never to be compromised. Beyond that he was also a witty colleague and a warm hearted friend. He so enriched our lives.

Tom Herres

February 17, 2021
I had the great fortune to work alongside Harold for many years. It is not possible to convey the sorrow left by his passing. He was absolutely the heart of our division -- a beloved professor, and friend, always so selflessly available for a "professional consult" in the most difficult cases, and always with good humor. He will forever remain with us, inspiring us. My condolences to all.

Suzanne Isaacson

February 18, 2021
My condolences to Harold’s family. His deep dedication to his clients and to improvement of the criminal justice system was inspiring.

Alan Goldberg

February 18, 2021
My deepest condolences to Harold's family...who he loved deeply. Harold was such kind, honest and sensitive soul. He always had time to teach, mentor and help his colleagues and friends. I was lucky to have worked with him in several different capacities in the office and will miss his laugh and optimism. He was truly one in a million.

Parul Desai

February 18, 2021
Dear Winston Family,
Harold was my supervisor in Post Convictions. His dedication and determination to provide the absolute best legal defense for our clients was an inspiration to all of us who knew him. He was an amazingly brilliant mentor and wonderful friend. Even after I left Post Convictions, I would call him for legal advice and immediately, he would give me a case (one time it was a U.S. Supreme Court case from 1960's) which would provide the basis for the entire legal argument. It was an honor to know him...
Leslie Rogoff, Assistant Public Defender

Leslie Rogoff

February 19, 2021
My heart pours out to Harold's family. His loss sends out many ripples across many networks. Harold was my first office mate when I joined the office in the mid 90's. I was a young attorney and learned so much about dedication and duty just from being around Harold every day for a few years. In addition to his life's work, he would beam when sharing stories about his wife or his daughter, of whom he was always so proud. It was always a joy when I ran into him in the courthouse. I will miss him dearly, but genuinely feel honored to have had the time with Harold that I did.

Richard Paull

February 19, 2021
I will so miss seeing Harold in our office. I always knew that when he came down the hallway and settled into the chair across from me in my office an interesting discussion would ensue. He was funny, helpful, and someone I thought we would have with us for years to come. Sadly, we miss him much now.

Karen Dimond

February 19, 2021
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