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Spencerport: Born June 14, 1946, died, Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at age 66 peacefully, after a very courageous and dignified walk with leiomyosarcoma. O.J. grew up in Rochester and was a graduate of John Marshall High School, Monroe Community College, State University New York at Brockport and SUNY Oneonta for post graduate courses. He was a decorated US Army veteran who served in Vietnam from 1969 - 1970. He also was a dedicated social studies teacher, with strong convictions and expectations, who inspired his students to go the extra mile! These qualities earned him the Teacher of the Year award twice in his career. He had tremendous curiosity, faith in the human race and a great sense of humor. He was an avid bicyclist, having traveled with Kath and Jason on separate fun trips. He also very much enjoyed most types of music- especially the lyrics and voice of Bob Dylan. He was a man of true integrity who had no enemies and many friends. But, most of all, he will be remembered as a man who loved and adored his family. And they, him!
Survived by his loving wife, and best friend, Katherine; his children, son, Jason (Erin Malone) Vidas of LaFarge, WI; daughter, Kristen (Jason) Kathman of Jamestown, NY; and son, Matthew (Emily) Vidas of Syracuse, NY; and his grandchildren, Katie (Kate Marie Kathman) and Tommy (Thomas Daniel Kathman), who filled his heart with special and immense joy and love! O.J. is also survived by his parents, Arturs and Nina (Kalnins) Vidas, brother, Ilmars Vidas, sister, Anita (Paul) Najder, sisters-in law, Connie Vidas and Wendy (Michael) Mayer. Nieces and nephews, Joshua, Elizabeth, Brett (Christine), Stephanie, Alexander (Jamie), Nicole (Rick), Lindsay, Sarah and Alex. Beloved Godchild, Allison Luebbert (Victor Alves); Grand-nieces and Grand-nephew, Ava Marie, Cardin and Rory and many dear friends. He was pre-deceased by his brother, Peteris, sister-in-law, Lynnette (Winnick) Vidas, and father and mother- in- law, Paul and Dorothy (Welch) Rowland.
His family wishes to publically thank Dr. Deepak Sahasrabudhe, Lynn Sievert NP, and the many other wonderful providers of care at the Wilmot Cancer Center; Dr. Will Allago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Jim Bingham for suggesting Dr. Sahasrabudhe; and the immense love, support and prayers of friends and family. The acknowledgement of which often moved O.J. to tears of gratitude and love.
Mr. Cutie, you are, and always will be, deeply loved and deeply missed. We are so grateful to have had you in our lives! WE have been SO blessed!!! You are our hero!! Thank you, God!
Friends may call Friday (Dec 21st) 4-7 PM at Vay- Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Memorial Service with Military Honors will be held Saturday 10:00 AM in the chapel of the funeral home. Private Interment at Pine Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the
or Veteran's Outreach, in O.J.'s memory. For more information or to sign O.J.'s guestbook, please visit MeesonFamily.com.
Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral & Cremation Chapels
1075 Long Pond Road Rochester, NY 14626
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Dec. 20, 2012