Robert S. ("Bobby") Webber
October 16, 1929 - September 12, 2005
The Portsmouth Herald, Thursday, September 15, 2005
HAMPTON -- Robert "Bobby" Webber, whose kindness and knowledge in the antiques business made him one of the most well respected men in Hampton and nationally in the clock business as well as all facets of his antiques trade, died Monday, September 12, 2005 at the Dover Rehabilitation and Living Center. He was 75.
Born Robert Sumner Webber October 16, 1929 in Brookline Massachusetts, son of Hyman G. and Sadie Rosen Webber.
He moved with his parents to Hampton in 1940s, to the historic 1753 Ensign Philip Towle house and barn, where he operated his antiques business, H. G. Webber Antiques.
Mr. Webber was an expert appraiser and clock auctioneer.
A Fellow in the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, he was nationally known as an authority in value of antiques, clocks, and as a professional auctioneer for over 55 years.
He served in the US Army 1951-53 in Army of Occupation stationed in Germany His duties included being a supply truck driver and with his intellect shining, he was transferred into the education division of his battalion as a mathematics instructor for a time.
WE REMEMBER: He was twice past commander for the Hampton American Legion Post No. 35, a 40-year member of Saint James Lodge #102 in Hampton, NH, and a member in Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Masons, Valley of Portsmouth/Dover. He was also a member of the New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association and National & NH Auctioneers Association.
He was known for his showmanship and humor as well as his honesty and integrity. His word was as good as gold, most deals being sealed by a handshake.
He had a heart as big as his barn. Generous to a fault, he did many things quietly without acknowledgment or fanfare. He was known as "my friend" by men who don't use that term lightly. "His word was like gold." "He was a real good guy and as long as I'm alive, I'll miss him."
"Bobby" was a man who loved to laugh and had many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Edith (Jacobson) Webber, whom he met in Cardiff, Wales where he went to buy antiques. He was the proud father of twin sons, Harlan Webber, and his wife Katie of London, England and his business partner, Harvey Webber of Hampton. 2 cousins Marilyn Young of Kennebunk, ME and Alan Webber and his wife Marilyn of Middleton, MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Dorothy (Webber) Shubert.
SERVICES: All are invited to celebrate his life on Sunday from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. at St. James Masonic Lodge, Tide Mill Road, Hampton, NH. American Legion and Masonic Services will be held at 12:30 P.M. Please bring your stories and photos to share. A private family service will be held with interment in the High Street Cemetery, Hampton. Arrangements are by Remick & Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, Hampton.