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Gainesville - Dr. Thomas Joseph Weber, 44, of Gainesville, Florida passed away on Friday, April 5th, 2013.

"Tommy" was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on March 10th, 1969. He moved to Gainesville, Florida in 1972 as a child. He attended P.K. Young and Glen Springs Elementary schools, Westwood Middle School, and was a member of the inaugural International Baccalaureate Program class at Eastside High School, graduating in 1987, where he played on the Varsity Soccer and Tennis teams. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and graduated in 1991. He then returned to Gainesville to attend the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he graduated in 1995. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida and practiced general dentistry for six years before returning to his beloved Gainesville to start his own dental practice which has been serving the community for the past 13 years. Tommy's interests primarily involved activities surrounding his family and extensive group of friends. His passion for water sports at his family's home on Lake Santa Fe in Melrose, Florida brought him immense joy. He and his family entertained many Gainesville families there for decades. He was an active parishioner at St. Augustine's Catholic Student Center throughout his life and served as Chairman of the Stewardship Council. Professionally, he was a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and Alachua County Dental Association. He served for the ethics peer-review board for the Alachua County Dental Association and he provided donated dental care for the PACE Center for Girls. Dr. Weber was on staff at North Florida Regional Medical Center and served as the Team Dentist for the University of Florida Athletic Department.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Dr. Ann Thigpen Weber, his daughters, Sarah Ellen (10), Katherine Elizabeth (8), and son, Thomas Joseph, Jr. (6), his parents, Dr. and Mrs. F. Thomas Weber of Gainesville, and siblings Dr. Timothy A. Weber (May) of Tampa, Dr. Emily Weber LeBrun (Marc) of Gainesville; nieces and nephews; Joseph (Laura) Thigpen, Elise and Andrew Weber, and Annabelle and John Henry LeBrun; mother-in-law Betty Stelle Thigpen and brother-in-law Dr. Lee Thigpen (Cathy) of Crestview.

Tommy will forever be remembered as a loving husband to his best friend and love of his life, Ann, and the most devoted and beloved father to their three children. He was a faithful and adoring son, a caring and generous brother, a playful and funny uncle, and a kind and thoughtful friend to so many. He greeted everyone with a smile and lived the Jesuit philosophy of daily service, always placing the needs of others above his own.

Family will receive friends Sunday, April 7, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm at WILLIAMS-THOMAS WESTAREA FUNERAL HOME 823 NW 143rd St. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, April 8, 2013, 12:00 pm at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1738 W. University Ave. with Fr. John Gillespi, Fr. David Ruchinski, and Fr. Jose Mesa as celebrants. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Central. In lieu of flowers, donations in Tommy's memory may be directed to the Stewardship Council of St. Augustine's Catholic Church or the College of The Holy Cross.

For Further Information WILLIAMS-THOMAS WEST AREA, 352-376-7556.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2013
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