Thomas S. "Hawk" Weaver Sr., a retired supervisor for the city Department of Public Works' Bureau of Solid Waste, died of pneumonia Thursday at Genesis ElderCare Multi-Medical Center in Rodgers Forge. He was 82.
Mr. Weaver was born in Baltimore and raised in the Wilson Park neighborhood. He attended city public schools and later earned his General Educational Development diploma.
He began working for the sanitation department in the 1940s and retired as a supervisor in the early 1980s.
A resident of Cherry Hill for more than 60 years, he had been married for 42 years to the former Betty Wright when she died in 1983.
Mr. Weaver enjoyed packing up his 1955 Ford Fairlane and later a green Nash Rambler with his children and grandchildren for a day's adventure.
"He liked taking us on exciting trips to places of natural interest like Luray Caverns in Virginia, or to places that were historic," said his son, Thomas S. Weaver Jr. of Cherry Hill.
Mr. Weaver also was a willing player for alley baseball games. "He'd always play catcher for both teams and would bat left-handed," the son said. "He was as good a batter left-handed as he was right-handed."
While not a member of a church, Mr. Weaver studied the Bible. When disciplining his children, he would assign them a passage to read.
"He'd ask if you understood it and if you couldn't explain it, he'd send you back upstairs to read it again until you did get its meaning," the son said. "He also was an advocate of what he called his `APA Law,' which was attitude, personality and appearance. He'd say if you learned his APA Law, it would `take you a long way in life.'"
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Power of Faith Church, 5242 Park Heights Ave.
Mr. Weaver also is survived by three daughters, Gloria Washington of Bowie and Joann Matthews and Patricia Weaver, both of Baltimore; a brother, Clarence Weaver of California; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
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