William C. Weidman

william c. weidman
Greece: Friday, May 1, 2009, at age 64, Bill stepped onto his soapbox in the sky after succumbing to cancer. A retired city school teacher and adjunct MCC professor, he will be remembered for his idealism, his passion, and razor sharp wit which were often applied to the politics of the day. Always the life of the party, he was a natural comic who endeared himself to everyone he met. A sports car enthusiast, he enjoyed rides with his grandchildren, Ethan and Spencer in his Honda S2000. And a more loyal fan of the New York Giants there never was. He is survived by children Jennifer, Sarah and Steven; brother James; nephew John, as well as lifelong friends in the Starbird family. Friends may call Wednesday 4-7 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.multiplemyeloma.org).

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  1. Dear Jen, Steve & Sarah, we were so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a nice person. Jeff was so glad he got to talk to him a few months ago. I know my sister so enjoyed her visit with him. Your Dad loved you so much, and was always there for you. I know you will cherish your memories. He is now in heaven with your Aunt Maryann, and I know they are watching over us now.

    If there is ever anything we can do, or if you just need to talk, please call anytime. We love you all, and we will be praying for you all during this sad time in your life. Love you, Jeff and Dor

  2. Dear Jennifer, Sarah and Steven – I worked at Nathaniel Rochester with your Dad, and fondly remember his witty remarks, passion and the verbal sparring that we exchanged daily. I also remember his ‘soap box’ that Phil Krasnoff made him gracing the top of the faculty lounge refrigerator for years!

  3. Dear Jennifer, Sarah, & Steven,
    I worked with your dad many years ago
    at NRCS. I remember him most for his
    passion in life. I always looked forward to
    his next topic. You kids were one topic
    I remember him repeating often.
    I hope that you will find comfort in your
    many memories.
    Sincerely, Kathy

  4. Dear Jennifer, Sarah, Steven, family, and friends, I am a retired teacher who worked with Bill at NRCS, and I will miss him. It is my prayer that you will find comfort in the good and loving moments which you shared with Bill. You have my love and caring. A friend, Virdell T. Robbins

  5. Dear Ms. Mann,

    I’m really sorry to hear what happened. Just want you to know that my whole family is thinking of you.

    Your student,
    Chris Vella

  6. I instantly smile when I think of Bill. He always livened up our math team and school meetings with a quick, comedic jab at whatever our latest task was from the district. I could hear him entertaining his 7th and 8th graders with stories that weren’t necessarily related to math. He got their attention! He knew how to lighten any situation and always made you laugh. I’ll miss him.

  7. I worked with Bill at Nathaniel Rochester in the early 1990’s. He was a natural comic with the joke of the day and a smile that was accomanied with a laugh that lit up a room. During my years at Nathaniel I have very fond memories of the family we were and Bill was a big part of those memories. My prayers and thoughts are with the family and I know that Bill is smiling down upon us.

  8. I worked with Bill at NRCS for several years. He was a concerned advocate and devoted peer who was a joy to be with. I will never forget listening to him share life stories and insights with a grounding sense of humor that made it easier to fathom the daily grind. Thank you Bill’¦

  9. It was nice spending time with Bill at the MAI gatherings. I will remember him driving up to the pizza place in Plattsburg in his sports car. He will certainly be missed at future gatherings.

  10. Jennifer, Sarah and Steven,
    We were friends of your parents way before you were born. Your father and I taught together in East Irondequoit in the early 1970’s and we often partied together at their apartment and the Starbird house on Ridgeway Avenue in Rochester.
    Your dad will be missed. Jost and Herpe Grob

  11. Jennifer, Sarah and Steven…Patty knew your father years ago when he worked for CP Ward and I worked with him at Nathaniel Rochester. We are both very sorry to learn of your loss. My fondest memory of your dad was from a round of golf we played together. He had hit a terrific drive, at least 250 yards, straight down the middle of the fairway. He hit his second shot about 160 yards, it hit the front of the green and was rolling toward the hole. As the ball came to rest about three feet from the hole a little white dog ran over and picked up the ball. Your father began to yell and the dog dropped the ball. He was very upset and I was trying to tell him, just put the ball back where it belongs. He said, ‘It just won’t be the same!’

  12. My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Mr.Weidman. Mr. Weidman was my math teacher in 7th and 8th grade at NRCS. He was one of those teachers that made a difference, I enjoyed his class very much. He always made us laugh, but yet listened if you needed him too. I am sure he is putting smiles on faces as we speak!!!

  13. My sister, brother, children and I all appreciate all of your thoughts. I come back to read them often to remember dad and all of the reasons why he is so special. Hope to see many of you Wednesday.

  14. Over the last 6 years, I have been fortunate enough to renew my friendship with Bill through our high school class reunions. Even in that brief time Bill enriched my life. Friendship is a priceless thing and I will never forget my friend Bill.

    Larry Meron

  15. Tessa and Eddy Handal send their most sincere regrets on this tragic day. Wishes courage to the family and Bill will always be in our prayer.

    Sincere Condoleances,
    Tessa and Eddy

  16. To Bill’s Family – My condolences to your family. I was very fortunate to be reunited with Bill after 40 years. His quick wit and smile kept us laughing often. He was that way in school and again in recent years. He was a fun man to be around. Bill will be sorely missed.

  17. To Bill’s family,
    I worked with Bill at #3 school. I am sadded at his passing and I will miss seeing his picture each month with the crew when they have lunch. I know that all is well with him. He will be missed by many friends.

  18. To Bill’s family,
    I worked with Bill at #3 school. I am saddened at his passing and I will miss seeing his picture each month with the crew when they have lunch. I know that all is well with him. He will be missed by many friends.

  19. To Bill’s Family: I was a classmate of Bills in Deposit, NY, our hometown. Bill was always the class clown and could always make me laugh. He was intelligent, friendly, and full of life. Bill was always the student who would ‘think outside of the box’. The last time I saw him was at our high school reunion and he was still as outspoken and crazy as ever. With my deepest sympathy in your time of loss. Phyllis

  20. To Bill’s family: Please accept my sincerest sympathy for your loss. Bill an I attended Deposit schools together, worked together on construction,and drank together in the bars of Deposit and Oquagua Lake. Just recalling the locations remind me of the antics,political conversations and spontaneous wit that were always part of Bill’s presence. I’m sure his past students are better human beings today because of their interactions with Bill.

  21. To the family of Bill Weidman:
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Donna Sereno, (former science teacher, NRCS)

  22. You have my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of a wonderful person. I have fond memories of Mr. Weidman at NRCS during the time he was here. I remember his smile and friendly presence. Being a new teacher, he was very nice to me. I will always remember him as one of our family members at NRCS.

  23. Your father was a very good math teacher, who I had the pleasure working with at Nathanial School. He frequently corrected me when I cleaned the graffiti written on the students’ desks.
    I pray that your peace and love for the Lord increases, knowing that your father’s spirit is alive and well. He too can grow in that peace as you continuely turn to God throughout your lives. God Bless You Deeply.

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