South Whitehall's longtime Public Works Director James H. Weber, who is credited with maintaining the township's picturesque park system in summer as well as keeping township roads clear in winter, has died.
Township Manager Jon Hammer notified township employees in an email.
Weber, who also filled in as acting township manager last year as commissioners conducted a search, died early Thursday.
"Jim will be sorely missed," Hammer said. "In many ways he was South Whitehall Township, and his legacy will remain in the beauty of our park system, which he worked so hard to build.
"South Whitehall Township owes a lot to Jim. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word, and I’ll never forget, and will forever be grateful to, his kindness to me and my family when I started here as township manager.
Weber started working for South Whitehall on Aug. 19, 1974. He became public works director on May 4, 1998.
"He touched so many lives in such a positive way," Hammer said. "Our prayers are with his family at this time. “