TOPSFIELD, MA, and EPPING, NH - Robert H. Webber, Sr., 70, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 26, 2018, with his devoted family at his side, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.
The son of Evelyn (Southwell) Webber and the late William Webber, Bob was born in Amesbury, Mass., on September 16, 1947. He attended Amesbury schools, and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, class of 1965. He furthered his education at Worcester Polytechnical Institute, and Merrimack College. He started his career at Triad Engineering, in Burlington, Mass., developing the circuit board of the original "Pong" video game. With his love of Supermodified auto racing, Bob purchased Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., in 1980, and later purchased Hudson Speedway in Hudson, N.H., in 1989. He received much recognition, and many awards, from his auto racing peers. The highlight of Bob's life were his two grandchildren, Timmy and Jaime. Bob also enjoyed spending his winters in Aruba, where he was well known, and very active in the community. At Star Speedway and Hudson Speedway, Bob treated every racer as part of his extended family.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Jeanne A. (Croteau) Webber, of Epping, N.H.; a son, Robert H. Webber, Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Jennifer, of Topsfield, Mass.; his two grandchildren, Timothy Webber, and Jaime Webber, of Topsfield, Mass.; his mother, Evelyn Webber, of Newburyport, Mass.; a sister, Anita Faye Rossi, of East Boston, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his brother, Paul Webber, of Rowley, Mass.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to calling hours on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 3 to 8 p.m., at the Dewhirst and Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway (Route 28), Methuen, MA 01844. Funeral Services and burial will be private. A Celebration of Bob's Life will be held in the spring at Star Speedway in Epping, N.H., and will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Bob's Memory be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH 03833; Fifty Legs, Boston, P. O. Box 1086, Lithia, FL 33547; or Autism Society of Maine, 72 Main Street B, Winthrop, ME 04364. For directions, and online condolences, please visit www.dewhirstfuneral.com.
Published on January 30, 2018