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Services For Leigh Weimers To Be Held Monday

Beloved Los Gatos resident Leigh Weimers, 'Mr. San Jose,' is remembered as a great local journalist who worked at the Mercury News for nearly 50 years.

  • Deceased's name: Leigh Weimers
  • Age: 76
  • Date: Aug. 30, 2012

Leigh Albert Weimers was born in Napa on Nov. 11, 1935 and started his writing career working for the daily Napa Register.

He graduated from Napa High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism at San Jose State University in 1958.

Upon graduating in 1958, he went to work for the San Jose Mercury News, but nine months later he was drafted into the Army.

He served in Germany and continued to write for the Stars and Stripes, returning to the Mercury News two years later.

His career with the Mercury News spanned 47 years, ending when he retired on his 70th birthday. He served in various capacities at the newspaper including general assignment reporter, assistant city editor and founding editor of the lifestyle section. Beginning in 1965, he began working as a columnist.

Weimers served as founding chairman of the San Jose Police Foundation, as well as a member of the boards of directors of the San Jose State University Alumni Association, Rotary Club of San Jose, Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose Trolley Corporation, O'Connor Hospital Foundation, the Air Systems Foundation, Villa Montalvo Center for the Arts, American Cancer Society and the Stroke Awareness Foundation.

He received numerous awards for journalism and civic involvement, including the Spirit of the Arts Award from Arts Council Silicon Valley, the international Significant Sig award from Sigma Chi Fraternity, and the Tower Award, San Jose State University's highest service award.

He was also awarded an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Law School of San Jose and he founded the Silicon Valley First Festival, an annual online festival celebrating innovation that is held every New Year’s Day.

In retirement, Weimers continued to share his views with a weekly commentary on KLIV radio and a column in San Jose and Gentry magazines.  

He wrote a blog, Boomerometer, on aging for Baby Boomers.He also has contributed articles to regional and national magazines, is the author of "Leigh Weimers' Guide to Silicon Valley," published in 1986 and 1993,and co-author of "Silicon Valley: A 110-Year Renaissance," published in 2007.

Weimers, often referred to as "Mr. San Jose," died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012 at the age of 76, from unsuccessful heart repair surgery at Kaiser Santa Clara.

He is survived by his wife, Geri Stone Weimers, his daughters Kristin Weimers and Karin (Bill) Church and three grandchildren, Kellen Weimers, Marguerite Church, and Nicolas Church.

Services for Leigh Weimers will take place at 3:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 80 So. Market St., in downtown San Jose.

Diane McNutt September 15, 2012 at 01:04 AM
And he was a valued member of the Silicon Valley Reads Community Advisory Board. he will be missed in so many ways, by so many people but leaves behind a wonderful legacy and thousands of memories.
Larry Arzie September 15, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Our deepest sympathy for Geri and the family at the loss of a true gentlemen, husband and father. We will always remember him, he is hard to forget. A sour word in print he never wrote. He was always there at every event, Geri at his side, both with a smile and lust for life that we can only hope for. David/Justo
Joni Holland September 15, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Such a sweet, sweet man- a genuine class act. He will be missed.
Esmée St James September 15, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Being new-ish in town I did not have the pleasure of meeting Leigh and now that I've read about him, I wish I had. My deepest sympathy to Leigh's family and many friends.
Sally Ashton September 15, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Leigh was an intelligent, generous man and an ardent supporter of the arts. We have lost a champion and a gentleman, an unusual coupling. Love to Geri~
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 15, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Sounds like a Wonderful Man! My Condolences to his Family. Wow, so young....
Sheri Woodburn September 15, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Just read Leigh's final Mercury News column (Nov. 13, 2005). Great insights from a talented journalist, philanthropist and saloon pianist! Thanks for the memories Leigh. http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_21435834/leigh-weimers-last-column-san-jose-mercury-news?source=pkg
MichaelJ September 15, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I loved his column in the Mercury News. I also enjoyed him quite a bit on KLIV. Great journalist, not many left like him. RIP, Mr. Weimers, Mr. San Jose.
Beatrice Karnes September 15, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Such a clever writer. I loved his recurring column...What I learned on my way to looking something else up. My kids would have no idea what that means. They just type a question into a search engine. Blessings to his family.
Jeffrey Bachman September 15, 2012 at 06:56 AM
My deepest sympathies to his wife Geri and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the knowledge of all the lives he touched through his writing and service as a journalist bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Anne Ernst September 15, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I only met him a couple of times but was struck with how genuine and personable he was.
Mondy Lariz September 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM
A brilliant star has gone out. His voice will be sorely missed.
randy albin September 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
maybe leigh is similar to herb caen in some ways. he was always quite a writer in the mercury news. the sports columnist mark purdy is really good too. too bad to lose such a good guy
Mckenna Smith September 16, 2012 at 06:02 PM
May God bless you and your family during this time and always. Mckenna Smith
Peter S. Carter September 17, 2012 at 06:17 PM
What for the presence of Dr. Jerry Hanson on a Santa Fe vacation with the Weimers some thirty years ago, we'd have attended Leigh's services back then. Seems that the cocktail onion in his gibson got the best of him and it was only Jerry's quick and expert application of the Heimlich Maneuver (causing the onion to pop out very unceremoniously) that Leigh was able to continue on for several more decades. Very sad that we will never be able to share cocktails again with a most delightful friend. Peter S. Carter 45 Broadway
Larry Cargnoni September 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
It was wonderful to hear his voice and his thoughts on KLIV every so often post-retirement. Condolences to his family.
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