Woodstock, Vt. — Jon Weber of Woodstock passed peacefully on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, after a brave battle with cancer.
Born in Springfield, Mass., Jan. 9, 1947 to Sam and Sylvia Weber, Jon enjoyed spending time at his grandparent’s store Snyder’s Market which was around the corner from his home. He began music lessons at a young age starting with piano and then classical guitar. During his middle school years, his mother drove him weekly to Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Conn. to learn new techniques. He continued studying guitar at Classical High School and widened his focus to include Jazz, Blues and the electric guitar. Music became his passion; rumor has it that he frequently skipped gym class and went to the local burger joint where he could play Muddy Waters’ tunes on the juke box.
College years began at American University in Washington, D.C. He worked to improve his musical skills by forming a band and playing out as much as possible. Chuck Berry was scheduled to play at the school one evening; upon listening to the back-up band that had been hired, Mr. Berry was not impressed and asked if there were any others who could step in and play. Someone suggested Jon’s group and they ended up playing the concert together. After the show Jon received rave reviews from the master bluesman himself. This opportunity eventually led to a job playing lead guitar with “Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks” a well-known California group. Although Jon did not stay in California permanently, he forged a solid bond with the musicians he played with. In 2012, Dan Hicks invited him to the San Francisco Performing Arts Center to join the original band members as well as dozens of musicians known to be fans in a birthday celebration. The concert was sold out and Jon was thrilled with the opportunity to jam with his long-time friends once more.
After returning to the East coast, Jon settled in Woodstock and established a health food store in South Woodstock. He also worked at the Developmental Center sharing his music with kids and driving their bus. However, his focus eventually turned to making his living by playing guitar. He connected with various New England musicians and brought his music to many venues. One of his favorite gigs was playing at Bentley’s in Woodstock with Big Joe Burrell and Lady Eve; no doubt they are waiting for him to tune his ax and start the set.
Jon’s guitar career took a back seat as he got older; he began selling real estate as his family grew. He excelled at the business and was sought after to represent clients due to his honesty, knowledge and demeanor. However, he still played his acoustic at home on a daily basis as it was truly was his passion.
Jon is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Danielle; twin sister ,Nancy Bravin; brother, Robert Weber; aunt, Thelma Mather; many nieces, nephews and loving friends. Although he was taken from his loved ones too early, his impact on those near to him remains great. Many found joy in his music; others cherished his quick wit. Above all, his kind heart and giving nature will always be remembered.
Donations are welcomed in Jon’s memory at Zack’s Place, 73 Central Street, Woodstock, VT att: Dail Frates and Raising The Blues, LTD, PO Box 43, Sudbury MA 01776 (online donations at raisingtheblues.org)
A graveside service is scheduled at the Arundel Cemetery in Arundel, Maine on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. followed by a gathering at the Goose Rocks Beach family house, 280 King’s Highway, Kennebunkport, Maine. A memorial celebration of Jon’s life will be held in Woodstock at a date to be determined.
The Webers express heartfelt thanks to family, friends, fans and the DHMC Oncology and Palliative care teams for their generous support and sincere condolences.