Early morning blaze destroys structure

A Philipstown man died on Monday (Nov. 4) when his mobile home was destroyed in an early morning fire.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said Louis J. Weber Jr., 72, died in the fire at 3 Fourth St. in the Post Road Mobile Home Park off Route 9, just south of Route 301. The park has 43 units, according to the website of its owner, Lois Realty LLC.

The North Highlands Fire Co. responded to the alarm at 3:30 a.m. and was assisted by the Cold Spring and Garrison fire departments. The Sheriff’s Office said an autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death and the Putnam County Fire Investigation Team is looking into the origin of the fire.

Weber was born on Aug. 5, 1947, the son of Louis and Fortunata (Coppola) Weber and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial before his retirement, according to an obituary posted by Clinton Funeral Home.

He is survived by his children, Courtney Bozsik (Frank Jr.) of Wappingers Falls and Louis J. Weber III of Cold Spring; his grandchildren Kyler, Noah and Frankie; and his siblings, Robert Weber, William Weber (Gigi) and Dolores DiFiore (Mario).

Behind The Story

Type: News

News: Based on facts, either observed and verified directly by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources.

Turton, who has been a reporter for The Current since its founding in 2010, moved to Philipstown from his native Ontario in 1998. Location: Cold Spring. Languages: English. Area of expertise: Cold Spring government, features

8 replies on “Philipstown Man Dies in Mobile Home Fire”

  1. As a family member, thanks so much for your consideration in posting the picture of his burnt trailer. Super considerate. I’ll remember it always now.

  2. How incredibly insensitive to surviving family members who maybe were trying to avoid seeing such horrific images of a fire where their beloved family member perished. Way to further traumatize people who are already in a state of shock and mourning. So distasteful and disrespectful.

  3. Mr. Louis Weber Jr. (Butchie) was a great man who will be missed. I am happy and fortunate to have known him. Thank you for the very kind words about my father, Joseph Weber, last summer Butchie. Uncle Lou Weber Sr. spoke highly of his eldest son. Rest in peace, Butchie. Your nephew, John R. Weber

  4. My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Mr. Weber. As a neighbor, I am deeply saddened by his tragic passing.

  5. How horribly crass to post this pic! I have to agree with Courtney. Very distasteful indeed. My condolences to the family.

  6. Condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Having lost family members, one in particular, to a similar circumstance, I know that emotions can run amok and sensitivities are heightened. Time is our greatest ally when we lose someone close, so having said that, may your sadness and pain pass quickly while your golden memories last forever. As I see it, the media, this newspaper, has a job to report that is two-fold: (1) Reporting the days news and keeping the public informed and (2) Obituaries, where there is the announcement for friends and family and anyone else wishing to pay their respects to someone’s passing. The handling of the announcement of the passing was concise and informative for family and friends, and the reporting of the news for the general public was on par with newspapers handling daily news,even one so tragic in nature. May the passage of time allow peace in your hearts and minds to replace any bitterness you may be feeling at the moment.

  7. I remember my dad telling me when I was little that my cousin Butchie saved someone’s life. I do not remember all the details. I remember my dad had a newspaper article about what occurred.

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