James A. Weissburg
June 15, 2015

Funeral Information

June 21 2015 - 12:00 pm
Beth Jacob Cemetery, Craigdell Road, New Kensington, PA 15068

WEISSBURG, JAMES A.: On Monday, June 15, 2015 of Whitehall, PA, died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes, at Neville Place, his home in Cambridge, MA, where he has lived since September 2014. He was born in Allegheny Hospital in 1931. He was the son of Alex Z. and Lillian  (Klein) Weissburg of Tarentum and Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his wife, Estelle (Herlick) Weissburg, of Houston, TX (formerly of Whitehall and East End (of Pgh, PA). He also leaves daughter, Rachel Garner and James Garner of Katy TX, son David Weissburg and Lindy Cassidy of Lexington, MA, and Steven Weissburg (the late Daria Donnelly) of Cambridge, MA, as well as six grandchildren, Leah and Monica Garner of TX, Evan and Lena Cassidy Weissburg and Leo and Josephine Weissburg, all of MA, his brother, Melvin Weissburg and Anita Burke of Annapolis, MD, many nieces and nephews. James graduated from MIT in the class of 1952. He worked on the Redstone Rocket project in Huntsville, AL and for Chrysler Motor Company in Detroit, Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, at the Bettis Atomic Power Lab, where he was instrumental in the design of the reactors for several early nuclear submarines and Wachter and Associates Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering. He also worked on the clean up of Three Mile Island. As he liked to tell people, he was both a Nuclear and a Rocket Scientist. Before moving to Cambridge, MA, he was a longtime resident of Whitehall, PA and he was a founding and longtime member of Beth Israel Center in the South Hills. Graveside Services and Interment will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 12 Noon at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Craigdell Road, New Kensington. All are welcome. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. www.schugar.com


 

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Jim was a resident at our community, Lighthouse Pointe, from the time we started working here. He was such an interesting and amazing man. I've never met anyone like him and imagine I never will again. It was an HONOR to know him and without a doubt will never be forgotten. It was a very sad day when he left Lighthouse Pointe and even more so to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to the family. We miss him greatly.

By Michelle Desiderato - June 18, 2015