November 11, 1965 - June 4, 2018
In his program notes for his 2017 Hell in a Handbag production of Bewildered—a musical parody of Bewitched told from the vantage point of nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz—playwright Ron Weaver wrote of his two things he loved most beyond his friends and family: musical theater and classic sitcoms.
Weaver explained, "I've always been especially drawn to the shows where one person lives in the eye of a hurricane of insane or bizarre behavior."
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Weaver was born to Edward (Tiny) and Vera Kelley Weaver. Ron graduated from Catlin High School in 1984 and earned a Bachelor Science Degree from SIU and an MFA in Theater from University of Illinois.
He was employed by the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois for the past 16 years as the box office manager.
He loved movies, books, television and was an avid collector of Super Hero comics. He never missed one copy since 1980. He was known for his sense of humor and his wit, never at a loss of words, both concerning and kind. He was an advocate for abused women and was a registered organ donor.
Weaver, passed away unexpectedly at age 52 on June 4. The cause of death was acute Guillain Barre Syndrome—a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the nerves.
Ron is survived by his mother, and brother: Robert “Bob” (Lori) Weaver of Catlin. He is also survived by: nephew: Dane Weaver of Catlin; two nieces: Kathleen Carol (Willy) Orcutt of Hoopeston and Kaylea Elizabeth (Jason Arnett) Weaver of Oakwood; a great nephew: Leland Shields; and two great nieces Dailynne Orcutt and Lyla Orcutt. He was preceded in death by his father in 2001. He had many close friends in the Chicago area.