James Goldweber
(1947 - 2014)

James Goldweber

United States of America
March 10, 1947

United States of America
June 1, 2014

James Henry Goldweber, 67, retired Director, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Program Planning and Analysis Division, passed away peacefully at INOVA Fairfax hospital on Sunday morning June 1st, 2014.

Born to Simon and Helen Goldweber, Jim grew up in Somerville, New Jersey and later attended graduate school at Case Western Reserve University where he met his late wife Anula Amerasinghe Goldweber. He held strong political perspectives and was passionate about social issues. Jim enjoyed trips with his wife and children to Chincoteague, Virginia and New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Although he struggled with health issues over the last few years, he was vibrant and in good spirits in the days preceding his death. We are grateful that we and several of his friends were able to see him before he passed. We know that he appreciated your friendship, and especially your support when our mother passed away in 2007. We thank you for being part of his life and our family’s life.

Jim is survived by his three children, Asha, David, and Maya; and two sisters Jane Goldweber Harms and Barbara Wisoff.

The notice of Jim's passing published in the Washington Post can be found here: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=james-h-goldweber&pid=171247806&eid=sp_shareobit

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Jim was just a name until after his wife died and his role in caring for David became central. As a friend of his neighbours, Mandy and Eugene McCarthy, I got to know Jim in recent years as a kind and sensitive man. We had great fun in having tea parties for David's birthdays that seemed often to coincide with my visits to Fairfax from the UK. Jim's face would light up when he spoke about his family who were so important to him. And he often used to say how much he enjoyed the British TV show 'Doc Martin', so every time I see the reference I remember Jim with a smile and with fondness. My sympathy to all his family.
Monica Hicks (Friend via neighbours)
August 24th, 2014
Asha, Maya, David, my husband and I send our sincere condolences for your loss. May the Lord grant you peace of heart, and may Jim RIP.

Maria Ingham (Neighbor)
August 23rd, 2014
Living directly across the street, we saw a lot of Jim, especially after Anula passed away. He was devoted to all his children, and to David especially, whom he cared for at home, and then visited regularly in these past few years. Jim was always interested in those who were visiting us from overseas: my brother Philip, our close family friend Monica, and Roberto from Peru, who always asked after Jim and who has been saddened by his passing. He was generous always to those in need. Jim would 'escape' to Wegmans, his favorite haunt for food, and where he once was thrilled to meet up with Clarence Thomas, his former boss; they found a common bond, talking about family.
Less than 100 days has gone by since you left us- and so suddenly, when you appeared to be getting better. You are missed by many but especially by those who saw you in your final days. May you now rest in peace.
Eugene McCarthy (Neighbor)
August 22nd, 2014
Although we were neighbors for thirty years, I didn't really get to know Jim well until after his wife's death. At that time he was left with the daunting task of caring for his adult son, David, who had Down's Syndrome and who lived at home, as well as holding down his government job. We marveled at how well he coped with the myriad decisions that needed to be made and then how he handled the non-stop demands of his new situation. It wasn't easy, but he managed it well and never complained. Nothing was more important to him than his children and in his later years nothing gave him more pleasure than a visit or phone call from his daughters. Anula would have been proud of him. We miss you, Jim. Rest in peace. You've earned it.
Mandy McCarthy (neighbor)
August 22nd, 2014
I first met Jim and Anula in the mid-70's at one of the many holiday dinners hosted by the Goldweber family. Although we were the same age, Jim was already a serious young man with a family and a career while I was not. He treated me with respect and gave me advice like a big-brother especially when it concerned my future involvement with his sister, Jane. Jim was an informed source for what was happening in D.C. politics and government. He was a lifelong liberal who admired Norman Ornstein and Eleanor Holmes Norton. He could argue a point to exhaustion but he was always rational and humane. Jim's greatest boast was that whenever he saw Clarence Thomas the supreme court justice would ask about David. This act of concern about family impressed Jim because he also valued his family first. I will miss talking to him but will remember the good times we had together. Shalom
Kenneth Harms (Brother-in-Law)
June 21st, 2014
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