Stanley Weston, a publisher who once owned The Ring
magazine, known as "The Bible of Boxing," and a man who befriended many
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,"
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
self-taught artist, Weston created illustrations that were mainly boxing- and
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."
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
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
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
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.