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Jon Webster, 1964-2020
From philosophy to motorcycles to The Bean porch
August 14, 2020

J
on Webster was often seen riding around town in his golf cart, joined by a Plott Hound named Baroness Olive Von Oyl. Jonathan Franklin Webster passed away August 7, 2020 at Carolina East Medical Center. He was 56.
Jon Webster
Jon Webster


In recent years Jon was known for his golf cart rides and hanging out on the Bean porch.

Less known locally is Jon’s background.

He was born in Durham NC in 1964.

Jon attended Durham public schools… but in 1978/79 his schooling switched to Theodor-Heuss Gymnasium in Goettingen, Germany (in the German education system Gymnasium is the most advanced of the three types of German secondary schools).

In 1986 he graduated from Amherst College with a BA in philosophy, then spent the next three years studying philosophy at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Upon returning to the States, Jon worked in Information Technology for a number of companies until he was forced to retire due to ill health.

Jon continued to study philosophy throughout the remainder of his life.

Jon and Baroness Olive Von Oyl

His group of friends flew under the moniker ‘RGM’ (the letters ‘RGM’ stand for Radical Gang Members – a name John gave the group in sixth grade). This network of close friends included childhood friends Andrew Wallace, Bill O’Shea, Bo Harrison, Charles Jones, and John Ward who shared his love of skateboarding, music, cars and motorcycles for the almost 50-year span of their friendship. Jon enjoyed cruising with friends on his motorcycles. The motorcycles had names – Guzzilla and The Webster Boogie.

He is survived by his father Bob Webster and stepmother Gay of Oriental, brothers Malcolm Webster and Alec Webster, their spouses, nieces, and nephews.

Due to the Coronavirus, a celebration of Jon’s life will be at a future date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPVFD and EMS, PO Box 429, Oriental NC 28571.

Posted Friday August 14, 2020 by Keith N. Smith


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