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Hedley "Ted" Weeks

November 7, 1929 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Hedley "Ted" Weeks Obituary

Hedley “Ted” Weeks, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away peacefully on February 5 at his home of 68 years in Mountainside, NJ. He was born November 7, 1929, in New York, NY, to Richard B. and Magdalene (Noll) Weeks. He grew up in Rutherford, NJ, where he graduated from high school in 1946. He then attended Rutgers University and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He also enjoyed singing in the Rutgers Glee Club and continued to attend their annual Christmas program. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the Army as an officer. While stationed in Germany, Ted made a decision that would have a major impact in his life and for those around him. He volunteered to attend cooking school in Bad Tolz, Germany, where he learned to love cooking and baking. His family and friends have benefitted greatly from this passion.

Upon his discharge from the Army, he went to work for Weeks Stevedoring, now known as Weeks Marine, a very successful marine services contractor started by his father and grandfather. He met the love of his life, Barbara “Bobbie” Rollka on a blind date. They were married on January 30, 1954, and lived in Teaneck, NJ. In 1956, they moved to a new house on Meeting House Lane in Mountainside and spent the rest of their lives in that home. He was an active member of the Community Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, taught Sunday school, and sang in the chancel choir. He was also very generous with his financial support of the church.

Ted pursued life with great enthusiasm. He loved hiking, camping, cross country skiing, swimming, bicycling, gardening, and tinkering on his cars. He and Bobbie were also avid travelers. They visited 24 foreign countries and much of the United States in their 68 years together. In 1976, they bought a weekend home in Tuxedo, NY. Coincidentally, both Bobbie and Ted had attended summer camp nearby during their youth. They spent countless hours birding, hiking, skiing, and canoeing in that area during the 40 years they owned “The New York House”. They also attended numerous sporting events, concerts, and plays in which their daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were participating, and were faithful fans of their daughters’ adult softball teams.

You can’t talk about Ted without mentioning his love of dogs. From his childhood dog, Butch, to dogs rescued from the Weeks Marine pier, to ones adopted from St. Hubert’s, it seemed he couldn’t live without a dog by his side. He often commented that you need a dog because they are the most happy to see you when you get home from work. Of course, Bobbie was very happy to see him, too.

Perhaps the greatest contribution Ted made, that few people even know about, is his 30 years of service to the Plainfield chapter of Habitat for Humanity. During that time, he was the head of the Family Selection Committee. He spent countless hours counseling potential homeowners on how to create and follow a budget and prodded them to get their required volunteer hours in. More than 35 families moved into new homes under his tutelage.

Ted was predeceased by Bobbie in 2021, his daughter, Lindsay, in 1982, and his grandson, David, in 2023. He is survived by his daughters Kathleen Flath (Jim), Kristy Boyce (Wayne), Laurie Thomas (Pat), and Leslie Weeks; grandchildren Evan, Ben, Michael, Jamie, Julianne, Lindsay, Ronnie, and Craig; and great grandchildren Mira, Charlie, Lily, Danny, Ella, Sofia, Mackenna, and Emmy.

A memorial service will be held for him at the Community Presbyterian Church of Mountainside, 1459 Deer Path, on March 9 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the Middlesex/Plainfield Habitat chapter or to the Community Presbyterian Church.

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Memorial Service
Saturday
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
Community Presbyterian Church
1459 Deer Path
Mountainside, NJ 07090

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