Philip Francis Weber Jr. , 80, passed from this life on March 10, 2021. Philip was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 19, 1940. His parents were Philip Francis and Edna Skinner Weber. Philip lived in three states before he was two years old. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He began piano lessons in the fourth grade, and this quickly became his love. He studied music at University of Louisiana in Lafayette to earn his BA; then worked another year toward his Masters. He taught piano and cello in south Louisiana at private schools and colleges. He also taught many students piano privately over the years. Philip built a ferro cement sailboat, and he named it after his grandmother, Maude Skinner. The boat was his home. Later he moved the boat to the International Canal and docked it in Chalmette, Louisiana near New Orleans. A friend from college and one of his college teachers began the International Piano Competition in New Orleans, and Philip always helped. On Monday, August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina sunk his boat, the Maude Skinner, and Philip and his dog Squankie lost everything except their lives. They swam to a tree and climbed up. There was a nearby hotel that had one whole side ripped out. They swam there and got out of the water. By Friday, the water had receded some, so Philip was able to walk in waist deep water with Squankie on his shoulders to a boat that took them to a bus to help people evacuate. Philip and Squankie ended up in Oklahoma on an Army base in the middle of Saturday night. On Sunday, he called his sister who lived in Cisco, Texas, and Philip and Squankie were Cisco residents by Sunday evening.
A year later one leg was amputated with cancer from walking in the dirty water trying to escape Katrina.
When the Cisco Senior Nutrition Program first opened, Philip was asked if he wanted the meals. He answered that he wanted to help, and he did from the beginning.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, his sister Mary Frances Carnahan, and Squankie.
He is survived by his sister Dianne Fisher and her husband Clyde, and 4 nieces.
Memorial donations can be made to Cisco Senior Nutrition Program CSNP by sending it to: CSNP, 1498 I 20 Frontage Road, Cisco TX 76437
Philip was always grateful for nurses and other helpers who worked with him over the years.
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