CLOSTER, N.J.– Mike Weber of Closter was known for his passion and loyalty, whether it was to his wife and children or to the legions of youngsters he coached in recreational baseball, football, wrestling and softball. So his death hit many around him hard.
"I lost a close and true friend this week," said Joseph Argenziano, who created a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $70,000 for the Weber family as of Friday morning. "His death makes me feel like we were all cheated of further memories with Mike.
"Mike was also one of funniest people I ever met. He would text me at all hours of the night, reminiscing about any number of amusing things that had happened over the years."
Weber, who died Tuesday, is survived by his wife, Pene, and four children: Lily, Carley, Nicholas, and Alexa.
Visiting hours were scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Moritz Funeral Home in Closter, followed by a private funeral.
Weber coached the Closter Cobras football team and in the Northern Valley junior wrestling program. He left a lasting impression on athletes from Haworth, Demarest and Closter, among others.
Weber was "one of the most loyal people I have ever met," said Argenziano, who coached alongside him. "Even when his son [Nicholas, now a freshman at Northern Valley Demarest High School] stopped playing football, he would come to the games to cheer on [those] he had coached over the years.
"Everyone who has ever had their lives touched by this man is better for having known him."