Jeff Weber – We’re so sorry buddy
by Brian Coll
Conshohocken is a little duller today, Jeff Weber passed away. He turned 50 in July and has been fighting an illness since August. I want to express my sincere apologies to his family for not knowing he was ill. I’m so sorry for your loss.
If you’re not familiar with Jeff, he worked at 7-11 since 1991, he graduated from Plymouth Whitemarsh in 1988. There are the details…. but none of that describes the nice guy he was. It’s been awhile since I had a late night chat with him… it would go from music to sports, to all things Conshohocken and then back to music. I really enjoys my chats with him.
Just this past week, I was thinking about some of the old 7-11 crew and you had Rita, who would announce to the world what items you were buying, even the products that were kept behind the counter… and then you had Jeff, who would just smile and pass you the bagged up magazine or other items that may have been behind the counter back in the day. Jeff was the perfect guy to work at 7-11 at all hours of the day.
I’m including the People of Conshohocken story I did on him a couple years ago. When I thought of the People of Conshohocken concept, Jeff was literally one of the first people I thought of. I’m so glad I got the chance to do one with him. He had fun with it.
When it was originally posted on our Facebook page, so many people commented how Jeff had been kind to them, how nice he was. It didn’t seem like there was a bad word spoken about the guy. One person had a truly heartwarming story about Jeff, it is that persons story to tell and not mine, so I won’t go into it further, but Jeff was a stand up guy.
A little side note… a buddy of mine Ben Mosakowski wrote and has performed the Conshy song… I won’t quote it exactly….but in the most recent live version of the song I heard Ben and Keith DeAngelis gave a shout out to Big Jeff at 7-11. Ben, I’ll have to go listen to it again.
We’ll miss you Jeff, the Coll family and I think I can speak for just about everyone who knew you, we’ll really miss you.
Here’s what I wrote in our People of Conshohocken story about Jeff:
So, when I first thought about doing these People of Conshohocken stories, one of the people I thought about was Jeff at 7-11. I’m sure most of us have seen him over the years but I’m also sure most of us don’t even know his last name…… Weber, Jeff Webber is our People of Conshohocken today. Now, I have to admit, I knew his last name was Weber at one point, but over the years it has slipped my mind, so when I caught up to him last night, I didn’t actually ask his last name, I have known him for years and years… and yet this morning I had to text a couple of friends and made sure I got it right before writing this.
So, when I caught up to Jeff my first question was how long have you been at 7-11…… his answer SINCE 1991! Holy crap, it feels like he’s been there forever because he has been there forever. When I asked him about his favorite Conshohocken memory, he may have had the best answer I have heard yet….. I’m still making them. I loved hearing that. I know Jeff loves music and I am sure some of his memories involve music or concerts, maybe even the Flyers… I wish I had another couple minutes with him last night, but he had to get to work.. I would have asked him about the craziest thing he has ever seen at 7-11, I’m sure late at night some crazy stuff has went down at that 7-11.
Recently I introduced a friend to another friend and I told her that he had met his wife at 7-11…. she told a story of the night one of our good friends went out with her eventual husband and that night also included a trip to 7-11. I’m sure there are other great stories at that 7-11 and with Jeff working the late night shift I’m sure he has seen it all.
Jeff, thanks for chatting with me last night. I am still shaking my head that you have been there since 1991. Sorry I don’t get there as much late at night anymore, I always enjoyed chatting with you and saying hi.
When we get details of his arrangements we’ll share the details.