Jack Schweber, 83, of Edison died April 30, 2020. Born to immigrant parents on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, from a young age he suffered from a debilitating skin ailment that often made daily living activities a hardship. With the assistance of a Jewish charity, he moved to Denver at age 13, enrolling in a school for underprivileged children. In this new setting, his skin healed from the change in climate.
At age 18, his father Morris died suddenly, and he returned to New York to support his mother. Acquiring his bachelor’s degree in night school at City College of New York, Mr. Schweber worked days as a salesman, earning high grades to merit free tuition.
During the last 20 years of his professional career, he worked as a senior account executive for Digital Equipment Corporation — which, following two mergers, became Compaq Computers and later Hewlett Packard, where he won multiple sales awards and weathered several corporate downsizings.
Following his retirement, he divided his time between New Jersey and south Florida. He sang in the choir at Temple Emanu-El in Edison, led community seminars exploring diaspora culture and history, and attended adult education classes in fields such as Jewish history and science. He also frequently returned to America’s national parks and gave guided tours of the New York City neighborhoods of his childhood to family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Renée (Rosman), whom he married in 1966; and two sons, Matthew and Adam (Rachel Kramer).
Memorial contributions may be made to World Jewish Congress, Museum at Eldridge Street, or CDC Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.