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Richard J. “Dick” Vebber, 99, of 649 Lake Cove Pointe Circle, Winter Garden, Fl, passed away on December 31st, 2013 at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Center in Winter Garden, FL after being stricken with a heart attack on December 25th.

Arrangements are with the Bruce Funeral Home, Black River. Mr. Vebber was cremated, and a funeral mass will be held at the family’s convenience in the spring in Black River.

Born on September 18, 1914 in Carthage, NY, son of Raymond Vebber and Ethel Hayes, he graduated as class president and valedictorian from Black River High School in 1932. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.

He married Dorothy Schallack on July 29, 1944 in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Vebber resided in Black River until 2012 when he moved to Florida with his son and daughter-in-law, Karl J. and Sarala R. Vebber.

Mr. Vebber joined Stebbins Engineering Co. in Watertown, NY in 1945 and retired in 1977 as Vice President of Engineering after 32 years of service.

Among his survivors are his daughter-in-law, Sarala R. Vebber, Winter Garden, FL; his two granddaughters and their husbands, Kristen V. and Ashley R. Rumble, Windermere, FL, Amy V. and Rich L. Pierce III, Torrington, CT; four great-granddaughters, Madeline, Ella, Lily Rumble and Samantha Pierce; a niece, Sister Kathleen Clark, St. Augustine, FL, and two nephews, Raymond N. Vebber, Greensboro, NC, Richard C. Vebber, Black River.

Mr. Vebber was pre-deceased by his brother, Robert C. Vebber in 1988; his wife, Dorothy Vebber in 2008; his daughter, Conni A. Vebber in July of 2012; and his son, Karl J. in May of 2013.

Mr. Vebber was a true patriarch and a constant, steadfast presence in the lives of his family. His knowledge of current events and memory of past events was impeccable and he thoroughly enjoyed discussing them over a dry gin martini. He was a very wise, insightful man who will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Donations may be made to the Sarah House 100 Roberts Ave. Ste 10, Syracuse, NY 13207.

Condolences may be made at brucefh.com.

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