Son’s trib­ute to death-scuf­fle Manny

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEON SY­MONS

THE SON of an 84-year-old North Lon­doner who died last Thurs­day from in­juries sus­tained in a scuf­fle with a group of teenagers has paid a mov­ing trib­ute.

Men­del “Manny” Web­ber had been due to go on hol­i­day to New York with his fam­ily the day af­ter the in­ci­dent that led to his death, his son Howard told the JC in an exclusive in­ter­view this week.

“His bags are still in his flat, packed and ready to go,” said Mr Web­ber, who is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Post­watch, the con- sumer coun­cil for postal ser­vices, and for­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Crim­i­nal In­juries Com­pen­sa­tion Board.

Mr Web­ber had con­fronted a group of youths who were throw­ing around a can of de­odor­ant at a bus stop in Forty Lane, Wem­b­ley, on Oc­to­ber 18. Dur­ing a strug­gle, he fell and hit his head on the ground. He never re­gained con­scious­ness and died in North­wick Park Hospi­tal.

Howard Web­ber said: “He was very re­source­ful, in good health and very ac­tive. On his 84th birth­day, we did a 10-mile walk to­gether. He was also a great trav­eller. Last year he went to Aus­tralia via Hong Kong to see an un­cle who lives there.”

Af­ter his wife and elder son died within 18 months of each other in 2003 and 2005, he took up bridge. “He was bril­liant at it and within a cou­ple of years was tak­ing on play­ers of county stan­dard. On his last bridge week­end, he won an award for the most promis­ing player.”

Born and raised in Padding­ton, Mr Web­ber worked in the ac­counts de­part­ment of a boiler firm be­fore serv­ing in the army in North Africa and Italy dur­ing the war. He then be­came com­pany sec­re­tary for a small su­per­mar­ket be­fore be­com­ing a taxi-driver.

He mar­ried Josephine in 1949 and the cou­ple set­tled in Wem­b­ley 20 years ago. They were mem­bers of Mid­dle­sex New Re­form Syn­a­gogue in Har­row.

Af­ter Josephine died from ovar­ian can­cer and son David, a hospi­tal phar­ma­cist, died sud­denly from a brain hae­m­or­rhage, aged 52, the fam­ily “wanted to do some­thing to com­mem­o­rate their lives”.

They set up the Josephine Web­ber Me­mo­rial In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Ham­mer­smith Hospi­tal’s on­col­ogy unit, where Josephine was treated.

The Royal Free Hospi­tal in Hamp­stead, North-West Lon­don, where David Web­ber worked, has ben­e­fited from pa­tient-in­for­ma­tion re­sources while the fam­ily also en­dowed a lec­ture and trav­el­ling fel­low­ship at the school of phar­macy at Lon­don Univer­sity, where he trained.

A 13-year-old boy ap­peared at Brent youth court on Mon­day charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm with­out in­tent. He was re­manded on bail to ap­pear again on a date later this month.

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