In his memory:
Jim Weaver Sr. AMHC
(L-R) Jim Trenoskie, Jim Weaver--On Liberty
Updated: February 8, 2016
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Memories and Tributes
- CPO James Arthur Weaver, Sr. (USN Ret.), 75, of Sanford, NC died on January 24, 2016 at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
He was born January 14, 1941 in Titusville, PA to the late Merle F. and Margaret Weaver.
In 1958, Jim graduated from Titusville High School in Titusville, PA and then enlisted in the United States Navy. He proudly served his Country for over 20 years. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer on February 17, 1978.
While in the Navy he served as an Aircraft Mechanic.
After retiring from the Navy, he worked in the seafood business and then joined the Civilian Service in 1982. At the time of his retirement he was a Program Manager for the Presidential Helicopter program at Patuxent River Naval Base, MD. He then retired after 22 years of Civil Service and went to work at Wyle as a defense contractor, supporting the H53 Program.
On October 18, 1958, Jim married his beloved wife, Millie Vanderhoof in Titusville, PA. Together they recently celebrated 57 years of marriage. He enjoyed building mailboxes, making people laugh, spending time with his family, and working with his son in the construction field.
In addition to his wife, Jim is also survived by his children James A. Weaver, Jr. (Patricia) of Valley Lee, MD and Debra Weaver of Lexington Park, MD; along with four sisters and two brothers, Nancy Drusko (Bob) of Titusville, PA, Jack Weaver (Jane) of Pleasantville, PA, Sue Enright (Ron) of Titusville, PA, Tom Weaver (Carol) of Elizabethtown, PA, Shirley Snyder of Titusville, PA and Peggy Miller (Randy) of Mercer, PA; his brother-in-law, Don Vanderhoof (Bonnie) of Townville, PA; four grandchildren: Jessica Richard (Nick), Jennifer Osborne (Scott), Jamie Seiss (Colin) and Jason Dubard; and six great-grandchildren: Danielle, Kiersten and Hunter Richard, Haley and Whitney Osborne and Declan Seiss.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Military Honors will begin at 5:00pm, directly followed by mass at Holy Face Church in Great Mills, MD. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made on Jim?s behalf to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD or the American Cancer Society.
"Fair Winds and Following Seas"
- (2/8/16) Jim was a fun guy to be around with---a great sense of humor. At the time we served together he was a senior Petty Officer. With a few more years of experience, he provided guidance and was well respected as a professional. One memory stands out that I call the "tail hook caper;" . . . it gave many of us who witnessed it a good laugh for a long time. As well as a great sea story [see below].
Pete Wallace AD2
"Just Tried to Help Sir."
It seems Ltjg George Gaughran, Det 65 [USS Enterprise] 1963, was occasionally plagued with difficulties in making his traps the first time and usually hit long, had to go around again and sometimes again for the same reason. Noticing the consistancy of this occurrence the ever helpful and sometimes creative
AMH2 James Weaver decided Ltjg Gaughran was in need of a little assistance with the problem of over-shooting the last wire.
One fine sunny Mediteranean day I came up on deck for a launch and there was a grappling hook attached to a length of rope strung out behind the tail hook of one of our RF8s. No one seemed to be paying attention to it and up walks Ltjg Gaughran to do his preflight. Noticing the extension to the tail hook he inquired as to who was responsible and what purpose the device was to serve? At this point Jim Weaver voiced that it was his new invention and was intended to solve Mr. Gaughran's overshooting problem. An unheard conversation face to face with Jim Weaver resulted in the invention being declined and quickly removed. We never saw that tail hook extension again, and yes, Mr. Gaughran still had an occasional problem
with short tailhooks.
John Sees PH2
Jim Weaver (center) with hat in hand--On Liberty
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