William “Ted” E. Weber

GREAT DIAMONDISLAND – William “Ted” E. Weber, of Great Diamond Island, lived a good life! In his own words: “I learned how to row a boat, build a boat, plant corn from seed in cow manure, hay the field with a horse and wagon growing up on Cousins Island. I remember the warships in Casco Bay during the war. It was the Atlantic fleet. I would take my punt/skiff over to Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island. The soldiers would give us cigarettes, meat, and butter – which was rationed. We were not allowed to use a camera and take pictures. If you were on the water in the bay you had to have an ID on your left shoulder, your papers, and a flag that identified you as ok. I thought it was crazy nuts. Today, I have to wear a mask!” He said if he were to write his obituary it would read like this: “If you’re reading this, I’m dead.” He wanted his family and friends to celebrate his life with a party at his favorite restaurant, DiMillo’s, on the water in Portland” – Ted always loved a good party!He accomplished many great things in life. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1958, married his best friend, Betsy, and raised a family. He owned and operated several seafood businesses on the Portland waterfront and established Dinosaur Enterprises, the fuel business for the viability of Great and Little Diamond Islands. He never really retired and always made time for fun. He had a passion for lobstering and started when he was just 8 years old. Ted also had a great love of John Deere machinery like his 1970 backhoe, boat engine, gator, and zero-turn lawnmower. It’s impossible to summarize the life of a legend. He was a man of honor, integrity, strength, and great character. Ted was the calm amidst the storm, that one tree that stands tall and just bends with the wind. You could always count on him. He always took the time to help a stranger or a friend. He shared his traditions and life experiences with us. Ted instilled in our character to respect others, be kind, do the right thing and don’t be afraid of hard work. He believed a handshake was a contract and giving your word meant everything. He rarely had a mean word with anyone, and he didn’t mind if you disagreed. He has left a small piece of himself with all who knew him. Ted was known for his quick wit not excluding his knack for naming his boats like “Sachu” which was his way of saying “Is that you?” and “Yes, Dear” which was his secret to a successful marriage, and lastly “Seadonk” named after his good friend Dave’s Zebra-donkeys. He is survived by his son, William Jr., (wife Lorna), daughter, Elizabeth M.; grandson, John T. Jr. (Amanda), granddaughters Ashley (husband Nick) and Shelby (husband Tom); great-grandsons Timothy, Chance, and William; and his 160-pound Saint Bernard, Suzie. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth A.; sons Carl, John, and Thomas Weber.A celebration of life will be held at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Rd., South Portland on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. As we continue to struggle with the pandemic and as much as we would love for all to come, his service attendance will be limited. For those not attending a video recording will be made available at http://www.hobbsfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.In memory of Ted and his beloved wife Betsy, please consider a donation to the Ted and Betsy Weber Casco Bay Islands Scholarship. This USM Foundation scholarship will be open to students of any age who are residents of any of the Casco Bay Islands pursuing their education at the University Of Southern Maine. Donations may be sent to:USM FoundationP.O. Box 9300Portland, ME 04101-9300Reference: Ted and Betsy Weber Casco Bay Islands Scholarship Online donations can be made online at: usm.maine.edu/give.

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