It was Monday afternoon, October 10th and an unusually temperate day. New York City's Cathedral of the Holy Trinity swelled from the presence of the city's most prominent members of society who came to pay their respects to their beloved Roger Webster.
New York Social and Journalist Roger Webster, a Greek American hailing from Minnesota (Webster was his nom de plume) was a greatly loved and cherished man. His funeral service, candid and steadfast, unearthed the breadth and depth of not only his accomplishments, but also of his life of tireless philanthropic commitments and selfless interactions with others.
A brief and poignant Greek Orthodox service allowed long time Business Partner and friend Jason Grant to speak and tell the brave story of Roger Webster, who, in 2007, was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer. Webster, a friend and collaborator with much of New York society, including R. Couri Hay, Muffie Potter Aston, Jean Shafiroff, George Stefanoplous (whose father, The Reverend Doctor Robert George Stephanopoulos, officiated) and many others, quietly passed on Tuesday, October 3rd.
Muffie Potter Aston
, R. Couri Hay
and Cece Cord
Immediately following Grant, Webster's sister Lynn spoke. With broken voice and overcome by emotion, she talked of Webster's early life and his love of the arts. She gave thanks to all in attendance for their love and support. Attendees of the service included: Sharon Bush, Grace Meigher, R. Couri Hay, Patrick McMullan, Cece Cord, Muffie Potter Aston, Gillian Miniter, Liliana Cavendish, Maggie Norris, Barbara Regna, Cassandra Seidenfeld Lyster, Tony Manning, Mark Langrish, and Susan Shin, among others.
Immediately following, a reception was held by R Couri Hay and Jason Grant at the nearby Fellowship Hall. Seen early on were many of Webster's fellow journalists--Ann Watt, Anita Sarko, Lee Frye, Rose Hartman, Chrissy Mataeva, Randall Stempler, Wendy Lerman, and Tia Walker. Over a famiy-style meal, attendees spoke fondly of Webster. Social Muffie Potter Aston, a close friend who worked on numerous projects with Webster, including the American Cancer Society and Memorial Sloan Kettering, was overheard saying, '"The downside came so fast! If ever you needed Roger, he was there for you." This was the type of man Roger Webster was. May he continue to be fondly remembered.
, Liliana Cavendish
, Rose Hartman
and Mark Langrish
Donations can be made to the Central Park Conservancy for a bench in Webster's honor or the Park Avenue Fund for trees in Webster memory. Contact Jason@websterlightgrant.com
for more information.