In Memoriam: The Ven. John Jacob Weaver

Posted on July 11, 2008

The Ven. John WeaverMarch 8, 1911 to July 5, 2008

This world will not be the same without our dear father, John Weaver, son of Nora McNelly and Jacob Parker Weaver of Dayton Ohio.  He was a graduate of Otterbein College and attended the Episcopal Divinity School in 1939, and was ordained an Episcopal priest.  He married Miss Jean Sawyer of Glendale, Ohio in 1948.  They had five daughters: Mardie Daul, Liza Brickey, Jean Farmer, Linda Maloney and Sarah Jones.

Weaver was the Rector of Trinity Church, Troy, Ohio, from 1939 to 1947, except for a leave of absence during the war years.   During WW2 he was Chaplain in the United States Army and served in the European Theater of Operations for the duration of the war.  During this time, among other duties, he was Chaplain to the American Forces Network, broadcasting his sermons to the troops each Sunday for three years.  He also broadcasted regularly over the Allied Expeditionary Forces Program of the BBC.  He was the liaison officer between the United States Army and the Church of England and was Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend Geoffrey Fisher, on many momentous occasions, including the enthronement of 1945. On VE Day, John preached at Westminster Abbey in London. He is an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was awarded the Legion of Merit for distinguished service to the United States Government.

From 1947 to 1964, John Weaver was the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Detroit, Michigan.  He opened the doors to people of all color when he first arrived in 1947.  He chaired the Measure I Campaign which provided Open Housing to people of all racial backgrounds.   Reverend Weaver was involved in the healing ministry, which later developed into a fuller expression of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In 1966 Weaver and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and he became the Archdeacon of the Diocese of California.   He was the Director of Metropolitan Planning, a think tank composed of people from businesses, academia, scientists, artists and religious leaders.   For many years he volunteered as the Chaplain to the Burlingame Police.

He will be greatly missed by not only his five daughters, 11 grandchildren, niece and nephew,  but also his deep and valued friends who hold him in such high esteem.  His signature greeting, "Oh Happy Day" will be remembered by one and all.  The funeral service will be Sunday, July 13th at 2pm at the Bishop's Ranch, 5297 Westside Road, Healdsburg.   Donations in memory of him can be sent to The Bishop  John T. Walker School in Washington DC. Project Director~James Woody (202)257-9020.