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September 13, 1932 ~ February 24, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old
We mournfully announce the passing of Herbert George Weber, 90, of NYC, NY. Herb passed away on February 24, 2023, after a hard fought battle with heart and kidney disease.
Born to John and Regina Weber, Herb took his first breath on September 13, 1932.He is survived by his two older sisters, Trude Schlotfeldt and Charlotte Hecke.
Herb was a force to be reckoned with from the get go, active in local sports and always open to some adventure with his friends while growing up. He attended Demarest high school, and following a stint in the US Army, took acting classes in Manhattan and went on to a long career in Broadway theater.
He proudly served in the military in the time between WWII and the Korean conflict. Like Elvis, he was stationed in Germany, which also happens to be the birthplace of his parents.After being discharged, and perhaps influenced by Marlon Brando’s role (“I coulda been a contender”) in On The Waterfront which was filmed in his hometown of Hoboken, he attended acting school.For a time there he even changed his name from Herb to Mark, with the hope of becoming an actor.In those years Herbie as we called him, would show up at family gatherings in his signature red Nash Metropolitan convertible.One year he took off on his BMW motorcycle for a cross-country trek.
Acting classes and his natural ability in drama and show business led him to a lengthy career as an Actors’ Equity card holder in the NY theater scene.On the way he got friendly with established actors including Carrol O’Connor and Ben Gazzara. The latter, a winner of two Tony Awards, would ask for Herb as his “dresser” whenever he appeared in a play on Broadway.
Upon his retirement from the theater, he fulfilled a life-long dream by sailing around the world on the QE2 which, at the time, departed from and returned to pier 58 in Manhattan, just a few blocks from Herb’s apartment on 45th St. That rent controlled apartment, where he lived for most of his life, was Herb’s proudest possession.
While Herb never married, he lived a full life with theater friends and family ties.His nieces (Joan, Charlene, and Lori) and nephews (Carl, Leo, Peter, and Steven), and especially Joan who is the oldest, meant a lot to Herb.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Herb’s name to The American Heart Association.