Wilson Webb, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 at his home in Leesburg, Va.
Born July 27, 1936 in Summit, N.J., he was the son of the late Farrand and Lela Webb. He lived in Summit until he attended Temple University – Tyler School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA. In 1960 he worked in the display department of the Hecht Co. in Arlington, Va. After moving to Rockville, Md,, he was display manager at EJ Korvettes in Rockville, then served as design director for Garfinkels and Jellefs, both in Washington D.C. In the 1970’s he established his own company, Merchandising Concepts, to design and build interiors of retail stores, until 1997. He also served as a reservist in the Marine Corps for 6 years.
He lived in Costa Rica for two years, where he owned and operated a small art gallery, while producing and displaying his own artwork. When he returned to the U.S., he studied art at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, furthering his career as a professional artist. He moved to Winchester, Va., where he owned and operated the Blue Mountain Gallery. He traveled extensively, painting with his partner and fellow artist, Ellen Burgoyne, throughout the United States, Costa Rica, France, Germany and Canada. He participated in various painting groups in Montgomery County, MD, Shepherdstown, WV, Hagerstown, Md., and Loudoun County, Va. After being diagnosed with Myelofibrosis in April 2013, he moved to Leesburg, Va.
He cherished the outdoors, and had a keen interest in camping and canoeing, which began when his children were small and continued throughout his life.
He is survived by his beloved partner, Ellen Burgoyne; one daughter, Donna Buckeridge, and husband Mark, and children Annie Adams and Michael; three sons: David Webb and wife, Kim, and children Brittany and Brandon; Todd Webb; and Matt Webb and wife, Tina, and children Emma, Addison and Chase; and one brother, Robert Webb and wife, Joan.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Arts Council, or to Capital Caring Services, Loudoun and West Fairfax counties, Va.