John R. “Jack” Weber of Gainesville, FL passed away September 1, 2013, he was 94. He was born in Woodbury, NJ.
He is survived by his brother of 88 years, Charles (Evelyn) Weber of Glenolden, PA., two children; Russell (Penny) Weber of Gainesville, FL; Bruce (Kathy) Weber of Sultan, WA., and three grandchildren, Nathan Weber and Joanna Weber of Gainesville, FL. and Matthew Weber of Sultan, WA.
Also known as “Jack” to the Weber family, he was the sixth of nine children. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Peggy of 58 years and three brothers and four sisters, James Weber, Harry Weber, Bill Weber, Dorothy Morlachetta, Lillian Wilson, Margret Biernacki and Helen Abdill.
After graduating from high school he started a four year apprenticeship with the New York Shipbuilding Corp. at nearby Camden, NJ. When WWII broke out he wanted to join the military, but was told he had an essential job for the war effort; however being a very persistent man he was released from his job and in 1942 enlisted in the US Army Air Forces. After basic training he was sent to Port of Spain, Trinidad as an aircraft dispatcher. During his time in the AAF he married his high school sweetheart Peggy Clark in Woodbury, NJ. When his military service ended in 1945 he enrolled in the University of Miami and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. On graduating college he went to work for E.I. DuPont ending up at the Rochester, NY photoproducts plant where he spent 28 years with the company. Soon after retiring from DuPont they moved to Raleigh, NC and lived there for twelve years finally moving to Gainesville, FL in 1991. After Peg passed away he moved to the Gainesville retirement community The Village in 2005.
John was another of the original Mr. Fix It’s and could not find anything he could not repair. He was an avid golfer and reader and loved to travel all over the United States. During retirement he and Peg visited all of the lower 48 states by automobile and toured many historical landmarks and special places of interest. Failing eyesight eventually prevented him from many activities, although he enjoyed listening to music and Gator/Hurricane football games. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church.
The family will have a private graveside burial at Forest Meadows. A memorial service will be held in the chapel at The Village Friday, September 6 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32653.