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Warren 'Puff' Weaver

May 29, 2010|By MARLO BARNHART
  • Warren "Puff" Weaver is shown at work in the early days of Antrim Way Motors (now Honda) in Greencastle, Pa. Weaver founded the dealership in 1955.
Submitted photo,

Editor's note: Each Sunday, The Herald-Mail runs "A Life Remembered." Each story in this continuing series takes a look back -- through the eyes of family, friends, co-workers and others -- at a member of the community who died recently. Today's "A Life Remembered" is about Warren "Puff" Weaver, who died May 8 at the age of 87. His obituary appeared in the May 10 edition of The Herald-Mail.

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- For the many people who met and did business with Warren "Puff" Weaver in the last 55 years at Antrim Way Motors (now Honda), they were only getting a small part of the picture of his life.

Puff was first and foremost the husband of Jane Hamilton Weaver since 1941. Together, they have journeyed through a world war, its aftermath and the starting of a new business while raising a son and daughter.

When Puff died, he was in the process of moving into a new home on one level so his wife could return from Quincy Home and resume their life together under one roof. It was his dream but, as Cherie Weaver explained, it was not to be.

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The wife of Puff's grandson Greg, Cherie said the couple had a wonderful relationship, one she aspires to emulate with Greg.

Constant work at the new house interfered with Puff's kidney dialysis schedule and he weakened, she said. At the funeral, Greg told all in attendance that he hoped to be that kind of husband.

The nickname "Puff" was attached to him when, as a boy, he was playing football and got the wind knocked out of him after a tackle.

"He was gasping for air so they started calling him that," Cherie said.

Cherie first met Puff and Greg when she was a newspaper advertising representative assigned to the dealership. Now, Cherie works at the dealership handling the ads and running the gift shop.

"Greg and I were married in 2002 ... Puff was Greg's best man," Cherie said. "They always had a more father-son type relationship -- real confidants," Cherie said.

Boyhood memories for Greg include riding on the armrest of the family car all the way to the beach.

As he grew older, Greg and his grandfather would enjoy dress-up dinners at Airport Inn and brunches in Georgetown and outings on Greg's boat in Deale, Md.

"Once, when my grandfather bought himself a white Acura when he was in his 70s, I got one, too, and we'd race," Greg said.

Within the community, Puff was known for his kind smile and ability to greet all kinds of people, Greg said.

"He was very friendly but also humble," Greg said.

Greg is vice president and in charge of day-to-day operations at the business. Greg's father, Steven, is president of the dealership.

Puff's daughter, Pamela "Pinky" Knepper, is the oldest child. Pamela, 69, said her parents met at Pen Mar as teenagers. She, too, enjoyed going to that park with her husband, who passed away in 2006.

"I loved to dance," she said.

Pamela said she ate dinner with her father nearly every night toward the end. She said her past is filled with wonderful family memories.

"We have lots of lovely pictures to show for it," she said.

Puff set Pamela up with her first two llamas in 1991 when she started a new business.

"Dad gave so much and he did it so quietly," Pamela said. "He was a kind and gentle father."

Now, she has 13 of the animals.

"I may get into weaving. After all, Weaver is my maiden name," Pamela said.

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