WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield resident Dan Weiniger, owner of Home Video Studios in Scotch Plains, father of Eliza Weiniger and husband of Jan Weinger and advocate for LVAD (left ventricular assist device) that saved his life after a heart attack in 2015, died Tuesday. Weiniger was awaiting a heart transplant.
Friends and fellow local business owners Helen Delpopolo and Kristy Ball have set up a Go Fund Me page to help his daughter, now a high school sophomore, go to college.
“I knew Dan from a networking group called BNI,” Delpopolo said. “We became friends and he always helped and boosted my business or anything else I was doing along with a lot of other peoples’ small businesses.”
In 2016, Weiniger told TAPinto Westfield about some of the ways the community helped him, too, raising more than $8,000 to buy him a whole-house generator so that he would have a guaranteed source of electricity for his LVAD , which needed to be recharged daily, and helping him create videos to spread awareness of the life-saving devices.
When Ball, the owner of L&B Printing in Scotch Plains, heard that Weiniger needed to stay near other people due to fear of bleeding from the blood thinners he took, she invited him to move Home Video Studios into her space.
As friends and family grieve, “We're working together to make Dan’s wish come true,” Delpopolo said. “Make sure his daughter is taken care of.”
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