Richard E. Weber, Jr., 57, of New York City died on Thursday, March 19th 2020 in Mt. Sinai Hospital in NY.
Richard was born in New Brunswick and had lived in Metuchen for 14 years before moving to Manhattan in 2010. He studied political science at both a bachelor’s and master’s level, graduating from Wake Forest University and Drew University, respectively, before obtaining his juris doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He began practicing law in New Jersey in 1991 and in New York in 1992. Richard was most recently a partner at the law firm Gallo Vitucci Klar.
Richard was actively involved in the Metuchen political scene, serving as a Councilman from 2002 to 2010 and on the Metuchen Historic Preservation Committee from 2008 to 2017.
Richard also dedicated considerable time and effort to the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, where he served as a board member for the association’s judicial committee for 6 years and donated monthly pro bono work to their legal clinic.
Possessing a keen eye for beauty, Richard was known for his fashion sense and flair for interior design, which he indulged in frequent thrifting, antiquing, and the restoration of four Metuchen houses. In his spare time, Richard could be found socializing with his many friends and acquaintances, enjoying the city’s restaurant scene, engaging in informed political debates, or relaxing on a warm beach.
Richard is survived by his parents, Richard E. Weber, Sr. and Linda Lou Maddalena; his partner, Antonio Shaw; his former wife, Virginia Smith of Hightstown; his son, Andrew Weber and his fiancée, Stephanie Basso; his two daughters, Chloe Weber of NY and Fiona Weber of NJ; and his cat, Jules. His wit, humor, and vibrant spirit will be greatly missed.
There will be a private ceremony in the Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, 568 Middlesex Avenue (Rt. 27) Metuchen.