Sidney  Weil, Jr.
Sidney Weil, Jr.

September 12, 1926 - May 26, 2016
Born in Cincinnati, OH
Resided in Cincinnati, OH


Sidney Weil, Jr., died at home on May 26, 2016 at the age of 89. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 12, 1926, to Sidney and Ida (Ackerman) Weil.

Mr. Weil grew up in Avondale, a Cincinnati neighborhood, and attended Cincinnati Public Schools, graduating from Hughes High School. After a stint in the US Army (1944-1946), he earned Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati.

After becoming a partner in the law firm Nichols, Wood, Marx & Ginter, Mr. Weil was a founding member of Beckman, Lavercombe, Fox & Weil, now known as Beckman Weil Shepardson. He remained an active presence in the firm until his death. Mr. Weil also taught law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law for 17 years while engaged in his full-time law practice.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Weil became active in the Democratic Party and rose to Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party in 1964. He continued to play a leadership role in the party until 1981. During that time, he led the party to its first City Council majorities in decades and orchestrated a progressive coalition of Hamilton County Democrats and the Charter Committee of Greater Cincinnati. He has been described as "the intellectual soul of the Democratic Party in Hamilton County" by current party chair Tim Burke.

Along the way, Mr. Weil also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio (for nearly 30 years), as a member of the Hamilton County Board of Elections and of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees. He was also Vice Chair of the Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial Commission and Chair of the Tall Stacks Commission, which commemorated Cincinnati's early history as a major center for river transportation and commerce. After moving his family to the Clifton neighborhood in 1969, Mr. Weil played a central legal and organizational role in fighting redevelopment of the Esquire Theatre on Ludlow Avenue into a fast food restaurant. The theater became an anchor of Clifton's commercial and cultural resurgence. Mayor David Mann proclaimed October 25, 1982 'Sid Weil Day' in the City of Cincinnati.

Mr. Weil enjoyed reading, watching movies, pets, and travel, including vacationing with his extended family in Sanibel.

Mr. Weil is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Weil (nee Coomer). They have two sons, Rex, an artist and university professor, who lives in Washington, DC with his wife Catherine, a law professor; and Bruce, a teacher and specialist in the education of students with visual impairments who lives in Cincinnati with his wife Laurie, a flute teacher. Mr. Weil was a devoted grandfather to Sonia and Frances Weil (Washington, DC) and Julia and Mei Li Weil (Cincinnati). He is also survived by his niece, Laurilyn Harris of Cincinnati. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Ruth.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 536 Linton St. Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Equal Justice Initiative, 122 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104 or Farm Sanctuary at or the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence at




Memorial Service
First Unitarian Church
536 Linton Street
Cincinnati, OH, OH US 45219
Saturday, June 11, 2016
2:00 PM