Mark Winkler. Charlie Kaplan and Brother Jay

Jay, Charlie and Mark

So Healthy

My dear brother Jay was so alive and energetic during his life. He was never sick, never drank, smoked, or did drugs. But, at the age of 44, Jay, shockingly, died of bladder cancer. Of course, he will live forever in my memory. And because of Jay’s life and tragic death, I try to live each and every moment as if it may be my last.

Work like you don;t need the money, love like youve never been hurt, dance like no one is watching Jay Winkler signature

A Rebel

Jay was a barefoot enthusiast who hated wearing shoes. He made sure to sign every email with the motto you see above. We incorporated a snippet of it, and his love of bare feet, into the design of his tombstone.

In 1999 Jay was interviewed on CBC Radio about being a barefoot enthusiast. When you click below to listen to that interview, you’ll see that Jay was a very funny man!

Gravestone of Mark Winkler's brother Jay
Mark Winkler's brother Jay with wife Helen and their 3 daughters

Jay, Helen and their three daughters

Mark Winkler's brothers Jay and Lawrence

Jay and Lawrence