Vernon E. Weber
January 27, 1932 – January 21, 2019
VERNON E. WEBER, 86, died Monday, January 21, at South Franklin Circle, Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Beloved husband of 60 years to Beverly Weber (deceased); father of Larry Weber (Dawn), Terry Weber, Tracey Stoffer (Kevin), Tony Weber (Amy) and Heidi Herten (Jim); brother of Eugene Weber (deceased) (Ruth); Mark Weber (Dana) and Bill Weber; grandfather of Sara Tanzer (Cory), Katie Weber, Drew Stoffer, Hannah Weber, Hope Herten, Julia Weber, Annie Weber, Noel Weber (Alec), Geoff Weber, James Herten and Halle Weber, great grandfather of Theo Tanzer. Vern, known as “Mr. Gilmour,” served as a multi-sport coach, teacher, administrator, fundraiser and school spirit leader for 38 years at Gilmour Academy. He retired from the school on his 65th birthday, but remained involved until his death. This past December he celebrated with his undefeated football teams: 1963, 1964 and 1968, with a reception at Gilmour. From 1960 to 1969 his football record was 77 wins-14 losses-and 2 ties. His 25 year record was 139-82-11. He also served as head coach in basketball, golf, track, cross country and swimming. In 1974 he was Independent football coach of the year and in 1978 he was Independent basketball coach of the year. He was Gilmour’s athletic director from 1960 to 1979. Vern was immortalized in the 1978 movie, “Animal House,” as Dean Vernon Wormer, as the film’s screenplay was written by a former Gilmour student, National Lampoon Magazine founder, Doug Kenney. He grew up in Solon, Ohio where he was an outstanding athlete for Solon High School, earning 12 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was All-East County League in football and basketball and in back-to-back seasons he led off the Solon State Championship 880 relay teams. He played fullback and linebacker at the University of Dayton where he met is wife, Beverly. He followed up his 1954 graduation from Dayton with a master’s degree in physical education at Ohio State. He served in the Army in Korea for 16 months where he was on the coaching staff of the Far East Army team that won the Torii and Rice Bowls. When he returned home, he started his coaching career as defensive coordinator at Chaminade High School, which won the Dayton city championship in 1957. He then started his long coaching, teaching and administrative career at Gilmour in 1958. In 1983, Gilmour named their football stadium Weber Stadium in his honor. At the dedication, they said Vern was “a rare man, whose many athletic laurels never distracted him from his primary job of helping young people grow.” In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Weber Stadium renovation project at Gilmour or the Vern Weber Scholarship at Gilmour. To support either initiative, you can donate online at gilmour.org/giving, mail your gift to 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040 (ATT: Advancement Office) or call the Advancement Office at (440) 473-8000 x1204. Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 PM Saturday, January 26th at Our Lady Chapel of Gilmour Academy, 2045 SOM Ctr. Rd. Gates Mills, OH 44040. The family will receive friends at Gilmour Academy Tudor House, 34001 Cedar Rd. Gates Mills, OH 44040, FRIDAY 3:00 - 8:00 PM. Private Entombment Monday at Knollwood Cemetery. Online guest book and condolences www.diciccoandsonsfh.com
- Visitation Friday, January 25, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, January 26, 2019
- Private-Entombment Monday, January 28, 2019
Vernon E. Weber
January 28, 2019
Mr. Weber and Family,
Gilmour Academy is special, it is family, it is love and provided me with the most important learning experiences of my life. We were led by Mr. Weber and teachers that supported and gave us the one thing needed in life to succeed, Belief in Ourselves. You really didn't understand at the time, how significant and how lucky you were to be a part of this institution. The men I went to school with, which included Terry and Larry Weber, are inspirational gentlemen.
I played split end in football and during the football games I would be told a play to run by Coach Weber. I would run into the game and tell the quarterback the play. That quarterback was his son Terry and for that brief moment in time, I was the middle man between two great men that changed my life.
I want to thank Mr. Weber, his wife and the Weber Family for everything they gave me. They are leaders, friends and provided an example for how we should lead our lives.
The man that gave his family and all of us that foundation is not gone. A part of him lives on in me, his family, and all who had the chance to know him.
Mr. Weber, you made the world a better place and made me a better man, Thank You so very much.
Charles Scaravelli and The Scaravelli Family
Susan and Stuart Crampton
January 26, 2019
To all Vern's Family and Friends,
Vern was a wonderful presence here at South Franklin Circle, always greeting everyone with a warm smile and happy "Hello"! His ability to build community was an inspiration to all of us. His vibrant personality has made a lasting impression on us and we will truly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with all who mourn his passing.
In heartfelt sympathy ,
Susan and Stuart Crampton
January 25, 2019
As our parents reside at South Franklin Circle, we had the opportunity to become acquainted with Vern. My brother will miss Vern keeping track of the number of times he went to the buffet at Sunday Brunch and we will all miss Vern announcing himself at Sunday Brunch with "The Eagle has landed".
Vern was a great presence at South Franklin Circle.
The Cesar Family
January 23, 2019
Vern played a major role in my coaching career, originally as the football coach of an opponent when I was coaching at Chanel and Hawken, and then especially during the years I was his assistant at Gilmour. I learned a lot from Vern about coaching football and track and also about life. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, especially Larry and Terry who were student/athletes at Gilmour during my time there. RIP my friend.