CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – The Rev. Dr. John P. Webster, born July 20, 1921, in Bangor, died Jan. 27, 2013, at his home.
He was ordained a Congregational minister in 1946 and served as pastor of churches of United Church of Christ, Williamsburg, Mass., Wilton, and West Hartford, Conn., throughout a span of 30 years. Mr. Webster was a graduate of Amherst College, Bangor Theological Seminary, Hartford Theological Seminary, Andover Newton Theological School and Institutes of Religion and Health, New York City, where he completed a three year residency in pastoral psychotherapy in 1976. Mr. Webster served on United Church of Christ Board of World Ministries, the trustees of Hartford Seminary Foundation, Bangor Theological Seminary and Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute, and as the moderator of the Connecticut Conference of United Church of Christ. He was a poet and the author of the book “Rekindle the Fire – Antidote to Burnout.”
Mr. Webster is survived by his wife, Phyllis Smith Webster; their daughter, Deborah Caimi; their son-in-law, Paul Caimi; and two grandsons, Matthew and Anthony John Caimi, all of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Another daughter, Joan Elizabeth, died in 1965. He was also predeceased by his brother, Daniel Webster; and sisters, Alice Sinclair, Betty Webster and June Brown.
A memorial service will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Center Church, South Hadley, Mass. Online tributes may be made at www.ForeverMissed.com/john-peters-webster.