With the peace of our Lord in his heart, James F. (Jim) Webber, 77, of East Hartford and formerly of Middletown, East Hampton, and Colchester, passed through the gates of Heaven on December 10, 2021. He had been battling cancer since 2013. During the last 7 months, he was blessed to have been given this extra time to have what Jim called “his living wake”. Many of his family and friends had the opportunity to share memories, events, and many funny stories, and to say “I love you and goodbye “or “see you later”.
Jim was born in Hartford, CT., on August 7, 1944. He was the only son of James L. and Mary (Huff) Webber Jr. Jim graduated from East Hartford High School in 1962. He attended the Ward School at the University of Hartford, as well as other technical schools. Jim was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows, the Masons, the Knights of Columbus, and the Ct. Builders Association.
On June 11 of this year, Jim celebrated 55 years of marriage to Yvonne (Butler) Webber. To call them a close couple is to minimize the very deep bond they shared.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Maryellen (Webber) DeShaw. Surviving are his wife Yvonne (Butler) Webber, daughter Carisa (Webber) Weaver of No. Kingstown, RI and, her husband Andrew (Drew); valued grandson Andrew (A.J.) Weaver II of No. Kingstown; three cherished granddaughters, Elizabeth (DeShaw) Baes-Valdivieso of Willimantic and her husband Roberto, Hanna DeShaw of Woodstock, and Mya DeShaw of Putnam and their father Jeffrey DeShaw of Woodstock; one precious great-granddaughter Raven Lynn Baes-Valdivieso of Willimantic: two sisters, Virginia (Webber) Harris of Radford, VA. and Katherine (Webber) Caplan of East Hartford; sisters-in-law, Lois (Butler) Mauro and her husband Joseph of Southington, Maureen (Butler) Mirando of Corona, CA, and Marjorie (Butler) Marine of Pittsburgh, PA; a very admired Aunt, Hazel Huff of Johnson City, TN; as well as many treasured nieces, nephews, and friends.
Jim did it all: from building, renovating, and repairing, to serving and caring. He didn’t miss a thing and leaves behind a legacy of a life well-lived. His ministry was always loving and caring for everyone he met. Those that knew him should know he wants you to celebrate his life and not mourn his death. So grab a good memory or adventure you had with him and smile. When tomorrow starts without him -- don’t think that you are far apart, for every time you think of him, he will be right there in your heart. Thank you for all your prayers and in his words, “Roll through life, be happy”. There will be no calling hours. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Seton (Saint Josephine Bakhita Parish) RC Church, 280 Brook St. Rocky Hill, CT at 10:00 am. Friends are invited to join the family at Casa Mia on the Green, 600 Cold Spring Rd. Rocky Hill for a celebration of Jim’s life, following the service.