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WIDMEYER, William "Neil"

Published:Dec 14, 2015

Event Date:Dec 11, 2015

 

William "Neil" WIDMEYER

WIDMEYER, William "Neil" Passed away peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015, surrounded by the love of his family. Neil was an adoring and devoted husband to his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth Roselyn "Lynn" (nee Hipwell). He was a loving and heroic father to children Kim Welch, Kelly (Jon) and Greg. He was the remarkably proud and hands-on "Big Guy" of grandkids: Zachary, Megan, Madeline, and Emily. Neil took immense pride in his family and doted on them all. He was a fun-loving friend with an infectious smile, genuine kindness and empathy. Academics and athletes mourn the loss of Dr. Neil Widmeyer, affectionately known as 'Doc Wid", who was a pioneer in the field of Sports Psychology. He taught for over 30 years at the University of Waterloo and was an inspiring professor and a valued mentor to countless graduate students. His research and teachings brought great insight into topics such as team cohesion as well as aggression and violence in sports with both professional and amateur athletes. Additionally, Doc Wid was part of the Guelph Storm hockey organization for 21 years as their Sports Psychologist, helping players in all aspects of mental preparation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian National Team boxer and 2016 Olympic hopeful, Mandy Bujold would be appreciated greatly. As Mandy's Sports Psychologist, Doc Wid boasts he's "always in her corner". Contributions can be made on-line at www.mandybujold.com or at the funeral home with the options of cheque, cash, and debit. Neil's family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, December 17, from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. The funeral service will take place Friday, December 18th at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of the Henry Walser Funeral Home followed by a reception. Immense gratitude to our honorary sister, Dr. Alison who helped us all traverse this difficult path with her loving guidance. Thank you also Dr. Stevens and Dr. Hakim, whose bedside manners are professional and caring. Doc Wid would want you all to remember that, "Attitude is everything." Visit www.henrywalser.com for Neil's memorial.

 

Category: Obituaries & Death Notices

Newspaper(s): Waterloo Region Record

Location: Kitchener

(4) Guest Book Messages

By john | DECEMBER 17, 2015 06:16 PM
a very great man loved by all .I had the privilege to join him for s few golf gsmes and dinners .I will always remember his infectious laugh . He will be missed . My sympathies to Lynn and family J barclay and family
By Rainer | DECEMBER 15, 2015 01:34 PM
I was Neil's doctoral thesis advisor at the University of Illinois in the 1970's, but more importantly he was my friend. He was a fine student, but an even better human being. It has been a joy to watch his successful career as a sport psychologist and professor at the University of Waterloo. My sincerest condolences to Lynn and his entire family. Rainer Martens
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