Skydiving accident kills Manhattan real estate investor and Brooklyn-based instructor
Mogul David Winoker, 49, made jump as part of friend’s 50th birthday celebration
A skydiving accident in upstate New York claimed the lives of a prominent Manhattan real estate investor and his Brooklyn-based instructor, authorities said Saturday.
David Winoker, a 49-year-old real estate mogul, who lived in Chappaqua, and 25-year-old Alexander Chulsky were killed in the Ulster County mishap on Friday.
Witnesses told The Journal News the pair plummeted to the ground near Modena after an apparent parachute malfunction.
Winoker, who ran Winoker Realty, was skydiving as part of a friend’s 50th birthday celebration.
The dive was organized by Skydive the Ranch, based in upstate Gardiner.
A friend of Winoker described the married father of three as the consummate family man.
“He’s just a wonderful, wonderful father,” David Simon told The Journal News.
“This really brings it home. It can happen at any socioeconomic level, at any time.”
A funeral service is set for 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford Corners.
The families of Winoker and Chulsky couldn’t be reached.
In an interview with the Observer last year, Winoker described the reasons for his 30-year-old firm’s success.
“What separates us is, really, our responsiveness and our attention to detail,” Winoker said. “We’re very, very hands on. … At the end of the day the business is really about people, and there’s no substitute for visiting a tenant, going to the building, and seeing the things first hand.”