OBITUARIES / Stanley Weston, 82, Once Publisher of The Ring

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Stanley Weston, a publisher who once owned The Ring

magazine, known as "The Bible of Boxing," and a man who befriended many

legendary fighters, among them Jack Dempsey, Rocky Marciano and Ray Robinson,

died of cancer at his Rockville Centre home on April 11.

Weston, 82, passed away surrounded by family members, said a daughter, Toby

Weston Cone of Darien, Conn.

"He was an accomplished artist who painted 57 Ring covers as a young man,"

Cone said.

A youthful Weston worked for the original Ring magazine for 14 years when

it was headquartered in the old Madison Square Garden. A boxing historian and

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self-taught artist, Weston created illustrations that were mainly boxing- and

sports-themed.

Somewhat paradoxically, Cone said of her father, he "never liked going to

boxing matches but was extremely interested in the sport. He felt it paralleled

life in many ways."

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Born to Bessie and Jacob Weinburger in the Bronx, Weston made his first

foray into publishing in 1953 when he founded several boxing and wrestling

magazines. They eventually grew into the G.C. London Publishing Corp. and

Weston's magazine roster mushroomed into 30 titles.

"One thing I know how to do is, I know how to give the public what it

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wants," Weston said in a 1991 Newsday interview.

According to Nigel Collins, editor in chief of Kappa Publishing's boxing

magazine group in Ambler, Pa., which now puts out The Ring, Weston bought the

bankrupt magazine in 1989. He acquired it from an investor group headed by

former basketball star Dave DeBusschere and "totally revitalized it," Collins

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said. Weston sold the magazine to its current owners about nine years ago.

Collins briefly worked for Weston. "He was somewhat of an offbeat person, but

he treated me very well," he said.

David Gerhardt, who also worked for Weston on Long Island as marketing

director for his magazines, recalled, "He was a very personal kind of guy who

knew how to do things right."

Weston, who was a retired Air Force major, served in both World War II and

in Korea. His boxing memorabilia collection was huge and boasted such items as

Joe Louis' trunks and boxing gloves worn by Jake LaMotta. Weston ran his

publishing business from a five-story office building he built in 1984 on Maple

Avenue in Rockville Centre.

He was a resident of the village for 54 years. Weston was married to the

former Hope Patrick for 38 years. She died in 1980.

Besides Cone, Weston is survived by another daughter, Barbara Harris of

Fernandina, Fla.; a sister, Anita Todd of Pembroke Pines, Fla.; a longtime

companion, Teresa Clemente of Lido Beach; four grandchildren; three

great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held April 14 at Gutterman's Funeral Home in

Rockville Centre. Burial arrangements are still incomplete.

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