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Robert B. Weiss

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1922-2015 Dedicated Public Servant Robert B. Weiss, 93, an innovative leader, humble, courageous, smart, witty, energetic, enthusiastic, and always ready to help, passed away in his home at The Arbors at Hop Brook in Manchester on Sept. 20, 2015. He had a wonderful attitude toward everything in life. Bob, former Town Manager of South Berwick, Maine, Windsor, and Manchester was the dearly loved husband of Gloria (Weiner) Weiss for 68 years, and the adored father of his children, Peter (deceased) and Edith Weiss of Israel, Jay and Janice Weiss of Meriden, and Wendy and Roy Videll of Manchester. The youngest of 7 children of Esther and William Weiss of Medford, MA. Bob was born into a closely bonded and fun-loving family. Bob earned Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with distinction in government from Boston University. His education was interrupted when he volunteered for the Army in World War II. After serving 4 years overseas in the China, Burma, India Command, he resumed his studies, and caught up with Gloria. Together, they walked down the aisle one Sunday for their graduation, and the very next Sunday, they walked down the aisle again for their marriage. Following their marriage, they moved to Philadelphia where Bob earned an M.G.A. (Master of Governmental Administration) with honors from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. During his 41 years of public service, Bob left a lasting legacy for good government in each if the 3 communities he served as Town Manager. In South Berwick, Maine, he changed corruption in government to honesty in government. With his skill for economic development he brought Combustion Engineering, thus opening a whole industrial tract for Windsor, and was instrumental in bringing the Buckland Mall which proved to be a catalyst for Manchester, explosive retail development. Although he was invited numerous times to join private industry, he chose to remain a dedicated public servant, loyal to the betterment of local government for his entire career. Even after retirement, he accepted the position and worked for 12 years as Field Director for CCM (Connecticut Conference of Municipalities), a non-profit agency. His heart really lay in providing human services for the community. The recipient of many awards of appreciation and honors in his lifetime, the apex was the naming of the Robert B. Weiss Center, especially appropriate since it houses the Human Services Department of the Town of Manchester. Bob participated in a variety of adjunct faculty teaching assignments in government for the University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, and Manchester Community College. An excerpt from the Wharton Alumni Magazine: "Robert Weiss was an innovator in several areas of management. In today's world, where the Internet serves as a utility, providing computer power to millions of people worldwide, his pioneering work in 1967 led to the establishment of one of America's first inter-municipal computer utilities. It was years ahead of its time. The result of his skill and work continue to fuel the multi-billion dollar economy of North Central Connecticut." Bob found great relaxation in gardening, reading, tennis, and skiing. In spite of this dedication to the communities he served, he practiced "Family First". Besides his wife, Bob is survived by his children and his grandchildren, Rachel, Michael, Golan, Wesley, and Troy, many loved nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved son Peter (in Israel) and all of his siblings: Selma, Matilda, Dudley, Sherman, Marshall, and Sumner. The family is grateful to his aides from Caring Hand and most especially to Johnny Jean-Baptiste who cared for Bob as if he were his own grandfather. Funeral Services will be held today, Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Beth Shalom B'nai Israel Synagogue, 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester. Interment will follow at Beth Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery, Autumn Street, Manchester. Donations may be made to: AFMDA (American Friends of Mogan David Adom/Israeli Red Cross Ambulance) 352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400, New York, NY 10001 http://www. afmda.org Beth Shalom B'nai Israel Synagogue 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 06040 Funeral arrangements provided by Hebrew Funeral Association, West Hartford. "I slept and dreamt that life was joy, I woke and found that life was service, I acted and behold - service was joy."

Published in The Hartford Courant on Sept. 22, 2015
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