Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger, Riverside

Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger, Riverside

Joseph Weisberger

Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger, 92, of Winthrop Street, Riverside, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2012 at Rhode Island Hospital.  He was the beloved husband of Sylvia (Pigeon) Weisberger.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Samuel J. and Ann Elizabeth (Meighan) Weisberger, he lived in Riverside for 56 years.

Besides his wife of 60 years, he is survived by a son; J. Robert Weisberger Jr. and his wife Gail Weisberger of Smithfield, a daughter; Judith W. Greene and her husband Gordon H. Greene II of Johnston and four grandchildren; Joseph R. Weisberger III, Justin Z. Weisberger, Anya N. Wroblewski and Robert T. Wroblewski Jr.  He was the father of the late Paula W. Wroblewski.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday Dec. 12, from the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:30 a.m. with a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Graveside burial with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Contributions in Chief Justice Weisberger’s memory to the Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger Distinguished Professor Fund at Roger Williams University School of Law, Ten Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI, 02809 would be deeply appreciated. Leave online condolences at


  1. I had the great honor of meeting Chief Justice Weisberge for the first time many years ago; It was in fact more years than I care to remember. Right from my first encounter with Justice Weisberge I recognized this man to be firmly committed to equal justice for all and not just for the few who could well afford it. Though I only had the fortune of speaking at length with His Honor on several occassions I do remember well how interesting and engaging he was. Our nation has lost a true Justice and a great human being.