Daniel Weinstein

Obituary of Daniel Weinstein

Daniel Bernard Weinstein, age 94, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2020 in Potomac Falls, Virginia after succumbing to his age and COVID 19.


He will be cremated, and a Family Celebration of Life will be arranged at a future time.


Daniel was born in New York City to Irving and Dorothy Bernadine Weinstein on June 7, 1925.


Our Dad was from the old school - a man of principles. He was a good father whom we will miss. Dad was loving, thoughtful, considerate, loyal, kind, faithful, wise and successful. He is survived by his wife Betty Jo, his daughters Tracey Downey and Mary LaValley and his son Peter, his sons in law Jonathan Downey and John LaValley, daughter in law Sandy Weinstein, grandsons Beau Longstreth, Alex Downey and Peter Downey, great grandchildren Lilly, Beau and Madeline, and great great grandchild Tyler.


During WWII, he served in Burma in one of the most elite services, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) detachment 101. As a part of the OSS, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his service.


He was a mechanical engineer.  His association with Admiral Rickover at Westinghouse enabled him to participate in the birth of the nuclear industry. His accomplishments include several patents and significant contributions to the US Space Program.


He assisted in founding and served on the board at The Paideia School in Atlanta, Georgia where both his son, Peter, and his daughter, Tracey, attended.


Dad enjoyed hobbies such as fishing, boating, flying model airplanes and painting.  He served as a

a soccer league manager and enjoyed watching the sport.  He supported his wife’s interest and talent in the theatre community.


Dan retired from Norfolk Southern in 1987 and lived in Roanoke, Virginia with a second home in Floyd County.  His wife, Jo, wrote plays from the springhouse there, and they enjoyed entertaining family and friends.


His final years have been spent as a resident of Falcon’s Landing Military Retirement Community.  We wish to express our deep gratitude to the management and staff of The West Falls Center for their professional caring and kindness of Dan.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible donation to Falcon’s Landing Benevolence Fund, which helps pay an additional amount per hour and double time to staff during the pandemic.


Donation checks may be made to Falcon’s Landing Benevolence Fund noting COVID19 Emergency Fund on behalf of Daniel Weinstein in the remarks. Please mail to:


Hardy Lister, CFO

20522 Falcon’s Landing Circle

Sterling, VA 20165


We love you and will miss you Dad.



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