Erle Cameron Webber Jr. lost his battle with the disease of addiction Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., with his family by his side. Erle was born in Portland on Jan. 4, 1951, the eldest son of Erle C. and Dorothy H. (Hartwell) Webber.

He attended Cumberland schools, becoming an all-star athlete in basketball and baseball. While in high school, Erle became an Eagle Scout and won the paperboy of the year award sponsored by the Portland Press Herald.

Erle attended Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where he earned his bachelor of science degree in pharmacy. His employment included working at the family-owned Falmouth Pharmacy, and later working for Chartwell Health Care in Boston.

Erle had many interests. He enjoyed all sports, including skiing, biking, golf and racquetball. He was a diverse and avid reader with a keen interest in a good fiction novel of courtroom drama. Erle had very dear friends, old and new, with whom he shared many good times. He loved his family and spent holidays and other occasions enjoying visits. With an interesting sense of humor, he enjoyed making people laugh — which he did. He was a smart, handsome, charming man whom people felt drawn to. When he looked you in the eye and said “I love you,” you knew he meant it.

He is survived by his favorite sister, Gayle W. Yost; his brothers, Mark H. Webber and his wife, Dina, and David A. Webber and his wife, Lorie; and his aunts and uncles, cousins, and seven nieces and two nephews.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, there will be a funeral service at the Cumberland Congregational Church located in Cumberland Center from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a luncheon in the Parish Hall.

On Sunday, Feb. 21, there will be a gathering of friends and family in the Old South Cafe (Chapel) at the Old South Church located at 645 Boylston St. in Boston from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the Festival Worship Service from 11 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made toward a scholarship fund to benefit a Greely High School athlete pursuing education in the field of pharmacy. Donations, payable to David Webber, may be sent to 1203 Larado Court, Riva, MD 21140.

Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting