Alan Crawford Webber, 85, Normandy Veteran and Bandleader, 1925-2011

Alan Webber had three great passions in life—first wife Joyce, with whom he had two children, Russell and Jennifer; second wife Marianna, who sustained and loved him for 32 years; and his enduring obsession with New Orleans jazz. The latter was with him until the end.

On April 12 Webber was at home, practicing the trombone for his regular Tuesday evening gig at King’s Court Tavern in Leesburg, Va., when he collapsed with a ruptured aorta. The following evening, with loved ones by his side and a jazz version of his favorite hymn, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” fading to its last notes, he died. — David Lauterborn

Listen to one of Al’s great stories.


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