John Swan Weatherley, 62, lifelong learner

Obit-Weatherly-3-13John Swan Weatherley, 62, passed away peacefully at his home in New Canaan on March 5. Formerly a resident of Ridgefield for 23 years, John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Born in 1951 in Greenwich, John is survived by his wife, Susan Weatherley. He leaves his children James Simpson, Jebb Atkinson, Zoe Smith and Noel Miller along with five grandchildren and three sisters. His parents, now deceased, were Jack and Ruth Weatherley of Bridgewater.

John graduated Dartmouth College where he received a B.A. Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Anthropology. A life-long learner, John continued his studies at Princeton University where he attended graduate school and earned a M.S. in Anthropology. John was a Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity. His interests included the study of cultures, which led him to France where he attended the Universite Paris Sorbonne and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes.

From 1978 to 1989, he was owner of Weatherley Building Company in Princeton, N.J. John went on to serve as Managing Owner of Berwick Land Corporation of New York from 1989 to 2006. For more than 40 years, John served as an active member of The Gurdjieff Foundation of New York.

Aside from his service to others, friends will remember John’s generosity and his spirit for life, and his love of nature and the arts. As a couple, John and Susan enjoyed traveling and spent much of their time in Nantucket, Massachusetts and Rockport, Maine.

In celebration of John’s life, a memorial service is planned for the spring.

Charitable contributions may be made under John’s name to Doctors Without Borders, 333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor New York, N.Y. 10001-5004 or by calling 212-679-6800 or to the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, 101 Mt. Battie Street, Camden, ME 04843 at -207-236-7091.


—by the family

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