Donald Richard Webber passed away on October 5, 2022, at the age of 88. Donald was born in Massachusetts to Donald Everett and Margaret Hunt Webber. He grew up with three younger sisters: Shirley, Marilyn, and Lorraine. He spent his high school summers working as a cook in Maine. After growing up in Medford, MA, his family moved to Westfield, NJ the summer before his senior year in high school. His high school yearbook described him as "quiet, good-humored, and easy-goingâ¦ able to take any amount of kidding without getting angryâ¦ laconic speaker, Boston accentâ¦ charmingly crooked smile." He was also a member of the school literacy club.
He earned a B.S. in industrial engineering from Johns Hopkins University where he pledged Phi Kappa Psi, and later graduated with his Master of Science degree from Newark College of Engineering (NJIT).
In 1956, he married Patricia Louise Freeman. They met in Westfield where she worked as a teacher. They enjoyed sixty-five years of marriage with three children, Mark Webber, David Webber, and Katy Webber. His first son Mark was born in Tacoma, WA while Donald served in the U.S. Army. He also served in Alaska before returning to New Jersey, where he lived for the rest of his life. After working briefly for Western Electric he worked at Booz Allen Hamilton for twenty-five years, retiring in 1989 as chief of the operating council.
In 1968, the family purchased a summer house on Lake Waynewood in Pennsylvania. There, he enjoyed many summers fishing and sailing and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and close friends.
In retirement he spent many days golfing at Echo Lake Country Club, trout fishing in New Jersey and North Carolina, and hunting waterfowl on the eastern shore of Maryland. He also enjoyed playing bridge with his wife and friends. He has four grandchildren: three granddaughters Kelly Webber, Sara Webber, and Megan Webber (children of David and Erica Webber) and one grandson Jack Webber (son of Mark and Diane Webber). He is affectionately remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Don's Service of Remembrance will begin at 10:30 AM Saturday October 8, 2022 at St. Paul Episcopal Church, Westfield, where his burial will follow in The Garth of St. Paul's Church. Arrangements by Gray Funeral Directors of Westfield. Please go to: www.grayfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences.