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Norman Weisbecker, Textile Exec, Sailor

Longtime Greenwich resident and World War II veteran Norman C. Weisbecker, an executive in the textile industry, died Wednesday. He was 88.

Weisbecker graduated from Bryant University and the Maine Maritime Academy before entering the U.S. Navy as an officer in July 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater, primarily on the attack ship USS Ormsby for four years. Weisbecker received a number of commendations, including the Presidential Unit Commendation, Naval Unit Commendation, Philippine Liberation Medal and the American Theater Ribbon.

Upon completing his Naval service, he met his wife Jane, who had just completed her service in England as nurse in the U.S. Army. They were married in 1946.

In 1976, Weisbecker and his wife, Jane, moved to Greenwich from High Point, N.C. Weisbecker enjoyed sailing along Long Island Sound.

He was executive vice president and director of merchandising at Guilford Mills Inc., a textile leader. After he retired in 1988, Weisbecker founded a textile consulting firm located in Cos Cob that worked with many clients, including Vera Bradley.

"My father was an exceptional human being," said his daughter, Jane Weisbecker Arnone. "He was a proud member of America's Greatest Generation and fought with great distinction for his country in WWII. He was a dedicated husband and the kind of parent I hope to be."

Weisbecker is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jane; daughters Ellen Weisbecker and Jane Weisbecker Arnone; sons Lee and Will; and eight grandchildren.

Calling hours will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leo P. Gallagher Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Memorial donations can be made in Weisbecker's name to the Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 W. Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851.

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