‘He’s a good guy’ – Weber’s brother speaks about father’s death
A family of six children is celebrating the first anniversary of their father’s passing.
The Calgary, Alta., couple, all of whom are in their 50s, say their father, Weber Weber, was a good man.
“We had a lot of great conversations, but he wasn’t a bad person,” says his son, Scott Weber.
“He was kind of a father figure to us.”
The Weber family lives in the Calgary suburb of Sherwood Park, near a park where the family has a home and where their parents once spent summers.
Scott Weber says his father was a loving father, and that their father was always a little rough with them.
“I think it’s been pretty hard on them, because he was such a nice guy,” he says.
Scott Weber says he and his father had been struggling to stay in touch with each other.
Weber’s father, who was living in Canada, had recently died and was gone for months, leaving the family without a way to communicate.
“They didn’t really know what to do,” he recalls.
“They just kept calling and texting.”
After his father died, the Webers began calling family members.
“We were just really desperate,” says Scott Weber, adding that they called the Calgary hospital several times a day for help.
“The doctors were like, ‘He can’t be with you anymore,'” says Scott.
“And the hospital said, ‘We can’t help you.'”
He says his dad told them he would be at a friend’s house to pick them up, and they were hopeful.
But after a few days, the family received a call from a friend who said his father would be unable to be there.
Scott says the doctor told the Weber family that his father’s health was failing.
“That’s when we really thought, ‘Oh my god, what is happening?'” says Scott, who is now 50.
And they just went, ‘What is going on?'”
Scott Weber said.
The Webers say they’ve been dealing with grief since then, and have started an online petition calling on the hospital to provide him with a medical care package.
“So far we’ve raised $2,000,” says Jason Weber, whose brother also lives in Sherwood.
“It’s really been overwhelming.”
Scott Weber also says his brother has been a constant presence in the Weber household, encouraging his siblings to talk about their father and encouraging them to take pride in their achievements.
“As soon as he died, it was all about him,” says Ryan Weber.
The family is also looking forward to their father being buried in the community.
“That’s the main thing,” says Brandon Weber.
Brandon Weber says it will be important to make sure his brother, who died five years ago, is buried in a respectful manner.
“For him to be here, we want him to have a place where people can remember him.”
The family says they’re still looking for answers, and hope that the RCMP will take over the investigation.
“I hope that they can figure out the cause of his death, because we’re still trying to piece it all together,” says Adam Weber.