We are saddened to share the news of the death of a true Lancer Legend – Vern Weber – who passed away Monday, January 21. “Mr. Gilmour,” as he was called by many, began his tenure at the Academy in 1958, and in the ensuing decades, impacted generations of families in his roles as teacher, athletic director, coach, friend and, perhaps, Gilmour’s greatest ambassador. He retired in 1997, his 39th year at the Academy, and remained involved with the school he loved until the end. Just before Christmas, members of his three undefeated football teams (1963, 1964 and 1968) gathered at Tudor House to celebrate and reminisce with their beloved coach.
Vern is survived by his five children – Larry ’73 (Dawn), Terry ’76 (Barb Mastrey), Tracey Stoffer G.O. ’78 (Kevin ’76), Tony ’80 (Amy) and Heidi Herten ’84 (James) – and his grandchildren, including Gilmour grads Hope ’13 and James ’15 Herten.
The funeral was held at Our Lady Chapel on Saturday, January 26. The family has asked that all donations be directed to the Weber Stadium renovation project at Gilmour or the Vern Weber Scholarship at Gilmour. To support either initiative, you can donate online at gilmour.org/giving, mail your gift to 34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040 (ATT: Advancement Office) or call the Advancement Office at (440) 473-8000 x1204.