Laddie was born on 26th July 1904 at the family home at No. 18, The Strand, Bromsgrove. On one side of the house was The Nags Head public house, and on the other side was a fish and chip shop next to the Old Lodging House. Behind these properties were cottages which were converted into workshops and offices for the growing building company.
His mother, Lizzie, died of consumption shortly after the birth of his brother1.
Later the family moved to 'Ambleside', which was situated at the bottom of Stourbridge Road. Next to 'Ambleside', the family business had another builders yard. By walking through this yard, which happened to be next to the builders yard of Giles, the family could cut through a path by Kings newsagent and across The Strand to their other premises.
Laddie and Ralph went to the school in Stourbridge Road opposite 'Ambleside', and their father married Lily Pickering at All Saints, Bromsgrove on 4th August 1913. Lily died on 29th January 1931, but her nephew Robert (Bob Pickering) continued to live and work in Bromsgrove. Bob and his wife eventually shared the same nursing home as Laddie when they were all in their ninety's.
Laddie's best friend when he was young was Kenneth Shakespeare (Shakes), and when in the late 1920's Shakes emigrated to Canada, Laddie would have liked to go to Canada also, as his ambition at the time, was to build bridges. Unfortunately, at the time, the family building business was in trouble, and so on leaving school in 1921 he stayed to help his father. In 1931 Laddie took over from his father as chairman and managing director, and turned the business into a limited company, William Weaver Limited. Later, when asked about the secret of the success of the firm he replied, "hard work, efficiency and application to duty".
He was a lover of motorcycling and in 1924 won the Madresfield speed trials. He played for and captained the Bromsgrove Rugby Club 1st XV.
Laddie met Ena Flora EDWARDS at the Red Lion at Astwood Bank, probably in 1928, since the first photograph that Ena gave Laddie is inscribed "Love Ena - 1928". They were married in 1933, and bought a semi-detached house, 'Pensarn' in Rigby Lane, Bromsgrove, where their three sons were born. The youngest was born just weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War, and shortly after the family moved to 'The Homestead', School Lane, Lickey End, Bromsgrove, a delightful home with deeds dating back to 1600; and this house was probably responsible for many of the future family homes being half-timbered.
He was appointed to the jury of the Court Leet in 1937 and was marshal of the Court for 20 years.
During WWII he was appointed area leader of the Works and Buildings Emergency Organisation of the Ministry of Works in Civil Defence Region No. 9 which included Redditch and surrounding districts. He was also made a Special Constable. He served in various employers' associations, and hospital management, employment and education committees.
In a newspaper article of 1975: "Mr Weaver is a surprising and remarkable man in many respects. Surprising that beneath his quiet, unassuming manner, here was a man who excelled in sports, found time to play a leading part in many organisations and bodies and created records in the process. And remarkable in that he had the business acumen and resilience to steer the firm through the depression years in the 1930's."
His wife, Ena, died in 1983. For many years he continued to live at their home on Worcester Road, visiting his sons and their families in and around Bromsgrove.
Laddie died in January 2000 having lived to see the beginning of the Millennium. He was buried at All Saints Church, Bromsgrove.