James W. Webber, 81, of Inglis, FL, formerly of St. Petersburg, died at his daughterís home in Ocoee under the care of Cornerstone Hospice on January 15th, 2016.
Jim is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ann; son, Roger (Heidi) of Bayou Vista, TX; two daughters, Terri OíNeill (Jim) of Ocoee, and Linda Wilson (Jim) of Tierra Verde; five grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. He was predeceased by his oldest son, Scott.
Jim was born in Auburn, MA to the late Albert J. Webber and Pauline Knight Webber, where he lived until joining the United States Marine Corps at age 18. He later served as an Aviation Electrician in the United States Coast Guard, retiring in 1975 as a Chief Petty Officer and earning numerous commendations. After retiring from the Coast Guard, he owned several small businesses in St. Petersburg, including Jimís Babalu Bar and Grill. Jim and his wife enjoyed 13 years on the road as fulltime RVers, travelling the United States and Canada, and settled in Inglis in 1999. He was an avid HAM radio operator (N4LUW), and an active member of AMVETS Post 447 in Inglis, where he served as a Trustee, Canteen Advisor and Judge Advocate. Jim served for many years in the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Yankeetown, performing safety inspections and preparing meals for the crews. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services will be held on Friday, January 22, 1:00 p.m. at David C. Gross Funeral Home in St. Petersburg. Burial will follow with military honors at Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cornerstone Hospice (cshospice.org).