- 91 years old
- Date of birth: Jul 20, 1921
- Date of passing: Jan 27, 2013
|Let the memory of John be with us forever|
"Debbie and Mrs. Webster,
I was going through old pictures today and came across some from a youth retreat during my high school years in West Hartford, circa 1972. I have one of Mr. Webster playing touch football with a group of us where he was tackled and I believe broke a rib or two, but kept on playing. I googled his name and sadly found that he passed away. I wanted to express my sincere condolences and tell you of the many, many fond memories I have of your father and husband. What a great man. He had a profoundly positive impact and influence on my life, during his time as our beloved minister at First Church and to this day. He was one of the most genuinely kind and compassionate people I have ever known. His humor tickled all of us, particularly my father, who was at church every Sunday to hear Mr. Webster's insightful and dry-wit sermons. He made you want to listen. Knowing that he touched so many in such a profound way must give you great pride and comfort. We were all blessed in knowing him. - Judi Saylot-Adams, Hudson OH"
"Uncle John was a favorite in the Webster family, caring for his brother, sisters, parents, nieces & nephews with love, counsel and humor. Whenever a concern came up, John was the one to reach out to.
One of my favorites – and one I’ve told before - was the family children’s play we cousins provided for the family. Uncle John came in for unsolicited advice and convinced me to blow bubbles and dance, proclaiming I was Sally Rand. Little did I know, at four, that she was a stripper. I was the success of the show.
"(cont.) and reminded him of this. During that sermon, he mentioned that it was the first time, he had preached without having it all written out.
He has remained in my memory and will continue to do so. I can understand how he has so many tributes."
"Condolences to John's family. He died on my 84th birthday, so I am a bit younger than he. He was a councilor at Camp Manitou in Maine, a HS Congregational Camp. Well liked, but also a deep sleeper. One morning the boys in his tent tied him in bed and carried the bed in front of the main lodge where he woke up. When in Hartford, noticing John was at the West Hartford Church attended."
"John Webster was revered by my family in Williamsburg. In 1945 he had presided over the funeral of my grandfather, Charles P. Otis. Over 60 years later, in 2006, he spoke at the service for my father, Robert B. Otis. Words cannot convey the deep spiritual authority with which he celebrated my father's life and character. I was profoundly moved and comforted. What a truly beautiful man!"
"How sad I was to learn of John's passing, however, at 91 he lived a wonderful life. John was not just my pastor, but he was my friend, He presented and signed my Bible, he married me, he baptized my three children and married one of them. He always had a very special way of making your day better, no matter how rough it was. John I will remember and miss you always."
"How very sorry we were to read of the passing of our long time pastor and friend. John was such a part of our lives having officiated at our wedding, the baptism of our oldest daughter and the funeral of my dad, Al Bedlow, all in West Hartford, CT. Our paths continued to cross in CT, Maine and in Springfield, MA. He was an inspiration to us all. Our sympathy to Phyllis & family."
"Peace to my fellow travelers. Mrs. Webster and Mrs. Caimi, I pray that the long history of learning and teaching will continue. When the BDN carried your story I knew the name. Last month in ephemera from my late father's desk, a yellow section of the BDN listed both John P Webster and John C Howard as honored graduates of the BHS Class of '39. God gave them much and we benefited!"
"I spent many Tuesday mornings sharing in an ecumenical Bible study with John. I so appreciated his warmth, wisdom and wit. I have thought of him often in my ministry. John was a mentor and friend. My prayers go out to Phyllis and Deborah. John's light continues to shine in my heart."
"When I moved to W Htfd at 5 yrs old, John became my pastor and father figure. I used to sneak from the Sunday School into the “big church” to hear his sermons – his spiritual messages were inspiring to people of any age. As I grew older, he mentored me in my journey towards ordination, and came back to First Church in W Htfd to officiate at my wedding. John will be sorely missed!"
"Our sympathies to Phyllis and Deborah from Marcia Ann Smith Hall and Bob Hall. I was about 12 when John was the new junior minister at First Church in West Hartford and was given the job of heading up our Junior High Fellowship group. He was wonderful! A year or two later I was telling my father, a deacon, that John should succeed Elden Mills as senior minister. On 6/30/63 John married us."
"My father (Ted Boltz) was an associate minister when Rev. Webster was senior minister at the First Church of Christ Congregational in West Hartford. I'll always remember John's dry wit. There was always an amusing story included in his sermons. My thoughts and prayers go out to Phyllis and Deborah."
"Continued ... for those folks (as was my father) and that my father was a scoutmaster of a troop that John belonged to in Bangor, ME. Small world – six degrees of separation - ask not for whom the bell tolls. My sympathies to the family."
"The West Hartford News carried the news of John’s death in the March 7th issue which we still get although we’ve moved to NC. John officiated at my 1st marriage in West Hartford in 1956. My father was John Peters Vose (whose grandfather was John Andrew Peters, whose grandfather and great grandfather were both John Peters) and my recollection was the John Peters Webster was somehow named for"
"Jane (Claflin) and I were confirmed at First Church in West Hartford under John's guidance (circa early 1960's)...during those halcyon days of huge PF groups. John married us at First Church in 1968. We fondly remember his dry humor, thoughtful advice and wonderful sermons. We are blessed to have known and be influenced by this great man. Love to Phyllis and the family!"
"I first knew John when he lived in Williamsburg, Ma. His humor and caring helped a member of my family. I also read his book and at that time I did not know that he had such a full background as a minister. His spirit and love lives on in my heart. I will always be grateful for his healing energy and humility. My thought and prayers go out to his wife and family. Darlene Graham"
"John was an important part of my family life. I particularly remember my Aunt June's wedding, where I was part of the wedding party, although I was never asked to participate. I joined in when I saw John walk his sister down the aisle, trailing behind them yelling "Uncle Shonny, Uncle Shonny," My mother grabbed my hand very tightly and I stood next to my favorite uncle."
"Uncle John...More wonderful memories than I can count. I know he's smiling at all this and I can feel him around all of us in the family. I always looked forward, as did everyone else, to the family get-togethers in Burgy and at York. I think of him and all of our family members he is with now. Love to all.............Alan"
"I can imagine Dad's look of disbelief in regard to an online memorial, a long pause, followed by a wise crack. I am so blessed to have had such a kind, fun-loving, sensitive, and spiritual man for a father. Throughout his life and up to his death, he maintained his sense of humor, love of animals, and appreciation for all that helped him through his final illness. We will all miss him."
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