Over many years, I worked at Snohomish Public Utility District, I formed a great respect and admiration for Bernie Weber, who was a most admired and talented artist in our community. Bernie liked to come into the old Karl’s Bakery on Wetmore Avenue almost every morning and there was always a lot of smiles and a uproar of laughter and obvious fondness for Bernie. How well he interacted with the younger and older Everett business community. He really was a true celebrity. I so valued and appreciated my friendship with Bernie. We shared many stories and had become friends.
I was so impressed with how Elizabeth Person, owner of Person Art and Design and now a famous artist herself, captured the essence and style of Bernie Webber’s highly admired collage inspired art work. With Ms. Person’s great portrait of Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson (“Departing mayor’s locally drawn portrait joins city’s pantheon,” The Herald, Dec. 13), Ms. Person captured a direct parallel and preservation of Bernie’s work! This achievement is a marvelous tribute to the mayor and to Bernie Weber. Mayor Stephanson can be very proud of Ms. Person’s stroke of genius and I am sure this wonderful accomplishment will be preserved and treasured.
My wife Linda just handed me a wonderful photo of Bernie Weber and the distinguished and admired Everett resident, wife of former U.S. Sen. Henry Jackson, Helen Jackson. Bernie gave this photo me many years ago. Helen and Bernie were attending a function at the Everett Golf and Country Club. It’s a great photo and finding that photo right now actually brought tears.