Weber, Hon. Frederic G.
Judge Frederic Gordon Weber, known most commonly as Judge, age 94 of Fredon Twp., NJ passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side at home Thursday evening May 24, 2018. Born September 16, 1923 in Springfield, Massachusetts, he resided in Fredon Twp for many years.
Judge Weber is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Patricia Rittenhouse, Lee Whitby (Mark), Gretchen Lauzon (Dennis) and Heidi Weber. He is also survived by five grandchildren Andrew Rittenhouse, Charlie and Mia Lauzon, and Marah and Jamie Whitby.
Son of the late Charles and Mildred (nee Hewitt) Weber, Frederic was a graduate of Newton Elementary School and Newton High School (Class of 1941). High School Activities included: Member of Band, Orchestra, Glee Club, Mixed Chorus, Dramatics Club, Manager of Wrestling Team (State Champions) and earned his Varsity Letter in Wrestling.
His undergraduate studies began at Brothers College, Drew University Madison, New Jersey. While in college he was admitted to Tau Kappa Alpha – Nation Honorary Forensic Society and was a member of Band, Men’s Glee Club, Debating Team, the International Relations Club as well as Drama Club.
In 1943, Frederic left college to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II. He graduated Medical Technician School, O’Reilly General Hospital, Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Medical Field Service School at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. Frederic was later commissioned in the Medical Administrations Corps. In addition, he graduated from the School for Personnel Services, War Department, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. First Lieutenant Weber served as Chief, Reconditioning Service at Lovell General Hospital.
Following his service during WWII, he entered the School of Law, Rutgers, the State University in September, 1946. While in law school, Mr. Weber was initiated as a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, which he became a life member. He earned an LL.B. from Rutgers Law School in October, 1948 and then earned his Juris Doctor from Rutgers Law School in March, 1968.
Frederic was admitted to practice as an Attorney at Law in the Courts of New Jersey on May 6, 1949. He was admitted to practice as a Counselor at Law on June 12, 1952, specializing in Torts and Crimes. After admission to the Bar, he transferred to his Army Reserve Commission to the Judge Advocate General Corps. He graduated July 1952 from Judge Advocate General School, Fort Totten, New York.
In September 1949, Counselor Weber formed a partnership for the general practice of law with Albert G. Silverman, succeeding to the practice of Lewis Van Blarcom under the firm name of Van Blarcom, Silverman, and Weber, with offices in the Sussex and Merchants National Bank, Newton, New Jersey. He served as an active member of the firm until appointment to the Bench in April of 1972.
He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States in April 1957. Also, Frederic served as Secretary and Counsel to the late Senator Alfred B. Littell, 1950-51, when Senator Littell was President of the New Jersey State Senate.
In 1952, he was appointed Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey during the administration of Governor Alfred E. Driscoll under Attorney General Theodore D. Parsons. He was active in Rutgers Law School Alumni Association, serving as President 1961-1962, the Sussex County Bar Association, serving as President from 1969-1970 as well as a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Judicature Association.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Frederic was active for many years as a member and secretary of the Sussex County Ethics Committee, appointed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He also served as Vice President, American Trial Lawyers Association, New Jersey Chapter, 1962-1963, and as a member and chairman of the Fredon Township, Sussex County, New Jersey Planning Board, 1968-1972.
In November 1967, Counselor Weber was awarded the Silver Lifetime Membership of the Police Benevolent Association. He also served as Chairman, Sussex County March of Dimes and as Lay Leader, First United Methodist Church of Newton, New Jersey, serving on the Board of Trustees.
Mr. Weber was appointed Judge of the Sussex County Court August 1, 1972, by Governor William Cahill, and was appointed Judge of the Superior Court of the State of New Jersey by Governor Brendan T. Byrne, April 1, 1977, and reappointed Judge of the Superior Court by Governor Thomas H. Keane, March 31, 1982.
He retired from the Superior Court Bench in April 1989, subsequently being declared Honorary Lifetime Member of Sussex County Legal Secretaries Association on April 11, 1989.
He was a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey, the United Methodist Church of Newton (belonging to the 50 year membership club), The Newton Rotary Club, serving as Chairman of the High School Essay Scholarship Program; also a Paul Harris Fellow; the Newton Moose Lodge and the Branchville Businessman’s Club.
Judge Weber had also served as a member of the Board of Directors or Board of Trustees of: The Newton Library Association (Dennis Memorial Library), the Newton Cemetery Association, the Hull Scholarship Committee as well as Boards of Trustees: House of Good Shepard, the Newton Rotary Club, the Sussex County Y.M.C.A as well as serving as the Commissioner of The Sussex County Crime Stoppers, Inc. and the Board of Trustees of Upsala College as a Fellow.
In 1991, he was recalled to the Superior Court Commitment Hearings at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital and as an Intensive Supervision Program Panel Judge. In 1998 and 2001, he was the Law Day Honoree and was honored by the Sussex County Bar Association at the Law Day ceremony for years of service as well as with having his portrait hung in the Sussex County Court House. He was inducted into the Newton High School Hall of Fame in 2002. After retiring again from the bench, he served many happy years of counsel to Daggett and Kraemer.
Visitation will be held Tuesday May 29, 2018 from 4 to 8 PM in the Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home #156 Main St. (Rt. 206) Newton, NJ. Funeral services will be held Wednesday May 30th at 11:00 AM in the First United Methodist Church #111 Ryerson Ave. Newton, NJ. Military Honors and Interment services will follow in the Newton Cemetery. Online condolences to www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com.