TEGA CAY --
Former Tega Cay Mayor Edgar Weaver died on Monday, Nov. 5.
Edgar Weaver would sit in a rocking chair on the porch at the Glennon Center, greeting Lions Club members as they arrived for meetings. When he fell ill recently and went to a nursing home, Weavers presence was sorely missed.
He was always there saying hello, said Lions Club member Sue Gulasky. I really missed seeing him there in that chair.
Weaver, 87, died on Monday, Nov. 5.
His contribution to Tega Cay cannot be overstated, friends and city leaders said. Weaver was the mayor of the city from 1990 to 1994, a time when it was still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Hugo in Sept. 1989.
The city incurred around $1 million in debt from the hurricane and Weaver was able to get FEMA to reimburse approximately $750,000 of the cleanup cost, said former Mayor Steve Hamilton.
He worked tirelessly at that. It was a huge undertaking, Hamilton said.
Weaver spent much of his career working for General Electric before retiring to Tega Cay in 1980. He later took a position as Vice President of Research for J.A. Jones in Charlotte.
His business acumen was part of what made Weaver a great city leader, said long-time Tega Cay resident Henry Eldridge.
I respected him a lot as a mayor because he brought a business approach to the city. He was able to secure funds for the city when it was very difficult, Eldridge said.
Hamilton, who succeeded Weaver as mayor, followed the example Weaver set, he said.
He was a terrific organizer. A man who knew how to get the job done, Hamilton said.
He remembers Weaver was instrumental in bringing county water into the city. City residents previously relied on well water.
We had good water in the city for the first time because of him, Hamilton said. It was huge. He had to organize it, and it was a pretty big job.
Throughout his time in Tega Cay, Weaver remained active in the Lions Club and in city politics.
He was recently given the Diamond Award for his long service in the Lions Club.
But more than his service to the community, Weaver was just a great guy, Eldridge said.
Former mayor Bob Runde described Weaver as a fine gentlemen.
He was highly respected as Mayor, Runde said. He was never overly excited about anything. Always calm and cool and thought everything through, and you had to respect him. And I did.
In recent years, Weaver was enjoying golf and reading, said daughter Nancy Slobber, and just enjoying retirement.
And although his health kept him from being as involved in the city as he once was, Weaver continued to attend Lions Club meetings until very recently. He wanted to be involved as long as he could, Runde said.
He was fragile, but hed come with his cane and, you know, he stayed involved. And he stayed a gentlemen right to the end.