COOPERSTOWN — John H. “Jack” Weber Jr., 84, of Cooperstown, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 3, 2014, at his home.
Born Nov. 18, 1929, in Long Island City, he was the son of John Henry and Eleanor (Gernon) Weber.
Raised in Rego Park, Queens, he attended Forest Hills High School where he excelled in sports, lettering in soccer, baseball and gymnastics. After graduating from high school, he attended the New York Institute of Applied Technology for a year.
On May 28, 1952, Jack entered into active service with the United States Navy and proudly served his country during the Korean War aboard the USS Harder (SS-568), the second submarine to serve the U.S. Navy by that name. He received his Honorable Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States on March 25, 1954.
Just prior to entering the military, Jack married Helen Schlimmeyer, the love of his life who he met during his high school years while he was playing sports and she was cheerleading. They were married on April 29, 1951, in a ceremony at Ascension Church in Rego Park, and settled in northern New Jersey in the Borough of Waldwick where they raised their family.
A steamfitter by trade, Jack was a member of Steamfitters Local 638, and was employed for many years by Centrifugal Associates in New York City. An active member of the Waldwick community, he served as a member and at one time Chief of the Waldwick Fire Department, and was also a devoted communicant of St. Luke’s Church in Ho-Ho-Kus.
Through their good friend, Marjorie Landers, the Webers were introduced to Otsego County, and, after purchasing a second home and spending many weekends in the area, they became full-time residents in 1992.
After moving to Cooperstown, Jack became an active part of the community. A communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church he served at one time on the Parish’s buildings and grounds committee.