John W. Weeks beloved husband to Katharine Claflin Weeks for 71 years, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 31 at the age of 93. He was the son of the late Beatrice D. Weeks and the late Sinclair Weeks. Weeks, a graduate of Milton Academy and Harvard University, class of 1943, commanded Battery B of the 101st Infantry Battalion of the 26 Yankee Division in World War II. His battalion played a pivotal role in defeating the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge. Weeks was decorated with the Bronze Star and Purple Heart and promoted to Major at the end of the war. Post war, Weeks worked at the First National Bank of Boston for three years before going to Cuba to manage the family sugar and cattle business from 1948 to 1960 in Cienfuegos. When all U.S. property was confiscated by Fidel Castros rebels in 1960, Weeks departed Cuba and managed another sugar business in Aguirre, Puerto Rico from 1961 to 1967. In late 1967, Weeks brought his administrative skills to the Museum of Science in Boston where he was Deputy Director under Bradford Washburn until 1981. Among his accomplishments was the development of the museums West Wing, completed in the early 1970s. Weeks remained very active during his working years, including roles as Director of First Bank of Boston, Belmont Savings Bank, Cambridge Savings Bank, Reed and Barton Corporation in Taunton, Director and Treasurer of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Trustee of the North Bennett Street Industrial School in Boston, Trustee of the Escuela Agricola Panamericana in Honduras and Director and President of the Belmont Historical Society and the Weeks Brick House Association in Greenland, NH. He and his wife Kitty also founded the Belmont Hill Club in 1966. In the early 1980s Weeks retired to Marco Island, Florida where he enjoyed tennis, golf and croquet and visits from his family. He leaves his wife Katharine C. Weeks, daughters Katharine and husband Gordon White of Marthas Vineyard, MA, Martha Sinclair of Damariscotta, ME, sons John W. Weeks Jr. and wife Patricia of Marblehead, MA, David C. Weeks and wife Marie of Ellicott City MD, Sinclair Weeks and wife Julia of Belmont, MA. Stephen D. Weeks and wife Mary of Belmont, MA, Robert F. Weeks and wife Anita of Arlington, MA, a late sister, Frances Lawrence, sisters Martha Sherrill of Providence, RI, Beatrice Bast and her husband Robert of Ambler, PA, brothers Sinclair Weeks and his wife Mary of Concord, MA, William D. Weeks and his wife Frances of Cohasset, MA, 18 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Following a private family burial, a memorial service will be held on Friday morning, November 8th at 11:30am at the Plymouth Congregational Church, 582 Pleasant Street in Belmont, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1952.
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Published in The Belmont Citizen-Herald from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12, 2013