Scott Widak
1964 - 2012
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PLAINVILLE - Scott Widak, lifelong Plainville resident, age 47, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 7, 2012 after a courageous health battle. Scott was born on August 31, 1964, and graduated from North Attleboro High School. He was a dedicated artist and writer whose life story gathered international recognition.

Scott’s life story was that of rising above one’s limitations, making the most of each day, enjoying the simple blessings in life, and consistently expressing gratitude and kindness to those around you. Scott was incredibly loving to all that knew him. He adored “his best Mother in the world” with all his heart. Having been born with Down Syndrome, Scott faced an array of challenges yet he always had a warm smile to share or kind words for a family member or friend. He was complimentary beyond compare and one would always feel better after having been in his presence.

Scott’s story became an internet sensation and he was blessed with thousands of pieces of mail and gifts from all corners of the world; encouraging him during his most difficult days. Major media outlets such as CBS, Huffington Post, and Time headlined Scott’s story as an affirmation that there is a tremendous amount of good in the world in which we live and that random acts of kindness are plentiful. Scott was the beloved and cherished son of Statia Widak and the late Stanley Widak, Sr. Scott will be forever remembered by his devoted brothers and sisters; Stanley Widak Jr. along with his fiancée, Karen Kunigenas, Steven Widak, Susan Widak, and Sherry Widak, all of Plainville, MA, and Sharlene Smith along with her husband, Scott Smith, of Norton, MA, beloved nieces and nephews, Lindsey, Jody, Sean, Samuel, Tony, Anya, Ian, Joseph, Andrew, Steven, Stephanie, Stanley, and Jake; treasured great-niece, Shaylyn; dedicated life-long friends, Chuck and Stephen; and countless dear aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors whom were blessed to have known him.

Scott touched the lives of many people with his genuine kindness and love of a great time and to that we ask that you join us in a funeral from Sperry & McHoul Funeral, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass in celebration of Scott's life in St. Martha Parish, 227 South Street, Plainville at 10:30 a.m. A committal service will follow in Shepardville Cemetery, corner of Mirimichi Street and Route 152 (Taunton Ave.), Plainville.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation Wednesday, July 11, 2012, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sperry McHoul Funeral Home.

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Published in Legacy on Jul. 8, 2012.
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April 20, 2013
May the Lord bless you and keep you Scott. My family prays for yours.
Stephen Jarrell
December 19, 2012
Christmas time Honey Bear Scotty aka S W
susie Widak
December 18, 2012
Love u Scotty
December 16, 2012
Rest in peace. Your story touched me. Just wish I'd had the chance to send you a letter. Sweet dreams xxx
Verity Armstrong
December 14, 2012
Scott was, and still is, a true inspiration. His story truly touched my heart, and I wish his family all the love and happiness in the world <3
Ashley & family
August 22, 2012
Dear Statia and family! I knew Scott when he was very young and what a joy! I am so sorry for your loss. Much love to all of you! Sotty, rest in peace.
Shirley Wood-Fontaine
August 12, 2012
Love u sweet brother Scottie
August 6, 2012
To the Widak Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Scotty's passing. I know ya'll loved him soooo much. A big hole for your family. An angel for you now. May you always remember the wonderful memories he created for you. He will always be part of you.
May he rest in peace.
Debbie Roberts
Debbie Roberts
August 1, 2012
I remember taking the bus with Scottie when we were little. He always got off the bus and ran up to his house every afternoon. What a precious person he was and gone just way too soon!
Susan Higgins
August 1, 2012
Scotty will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences.
Susan & Jon Shaffer
July 30, 2012
I was very touched by Scott's story. I hope to love and smile as much as he did. Blessings and thoughts are with him and his family. RIP.
Dee Montoya
July 27, 2012
Our deepest condolence for your loss. Earth angels are sacred and a blessing. Scott was so blessed with a supportive and loving family.
July 23, 2012
Your life impacted mine although we never met. I know your goodness and kind ways will never be forgotten. God bless your dear family always.
Beth Knapp
July 23, 2012
to the great Scottie Bear Widak
susie widak
July 23, 2012
Scottie be partying with the angels in heaven! You were a blessing for us all.
Judy Cooney
July 23, 2012
July 23, 2012
Mom and Scotty in Florida
Dearest Beloived in God's hands...he took you home...we love you...we miss you...we will never forget your bright light in our lives!! Sdotty...our angel!
Sherry Widak
July 23, 2012
Dear Scott Wildak, they live in our hearts and memories. God bless her soul.
Otte Renate
July 16, 2012
thank u Father Bill Saint Martha's Church Plainville MA
susie widak
July 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to the Widak family for their loss of the sweetest son, brother, friend ........Mrs Widak you are such a strong amazing woman, so admired by those of us who wished we had the patience, the perceverence, and endless strength and conviction to your family. It is evident how loved you are. To all of SW'S siblings and families so sorry for your loss from my family to yours. Rest in Peace Scotty.
Susan Libbby-Rossi
July 14, 2012
Sweet angel
July 13, 2012
May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand Scotty Widak. My love to all of the Widaks.
Michele Rossi McElwrath
July 12, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to the family, you will always be in your mother, brothers and sisters hearts, and you always will be remember as a very special and lovely person as you always were......
Nancy Cuddington
July 12, 2012
Rest in Peace, Scott.
Michael Hogan
July 12, 2012
Scott you will always be awesome
Donna McGrath-Widak
July 11, 2012
rip scott...
barbara warren
July 11, 2012
my thoughts and prayers to the widak family,bless u all...
barbara warren
July 11, 2012
My brother Ronnie Hall has talked about Scott for as along as I can remember...whenever Ronnie was getting "a gang together" Scott was always one of the first names mentioned! Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you! He will never be forgotten and forever be part of our gang!
Ginny-Lynne Hall-Keneally
July 11, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest sympathies.
Cathy Greene
July 11, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the whole Widak family. Scotty was a ray of sunshine and an amazing man. As Barbara Mahoney's sister, I have many fond memories of her New Years Eve parties with Scott and his friends. They really knew how to enjoy life. His life was amazing!
Virginia King
July 11, 2012
My deepest sympathy to the Widak family. Statia you were the love, strength, hope and happiness that Scott needed everyday of his life, so that his life was great and had those gifts to pass on to all those he met. May God give you (Statia) the strength to be at peace knowing that you was such a loving, kind and wonderful Mom to Scott.
Sheila McVeigh
July 10, 2012
My thoughts and prayers to all the Widak family. I will always remember him.
Madelyn Moffat
July 10, 2012
I will always cherish my memories of Scottie. We had a great time together playing mini golf, riding go-carts, and playing pool. He made quite an impression on everyone he met wherever he went, from waitresses to doctors. Who will remind me when my registration is up on my car now!? My sympathy goes out to Scott's family and all who knew him.
Teresa Devlin
July 10, 2012
With Our Deepest Sympathy & Love,

Kathy Portway & Family
July 10, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time.
A parent should never have to bury their child.
Captain Howard Levy
July 10, 2012
RIP Scotty. Statia, you are my role model for taking care of a child with special needs - and when I think of the life I want for Mia, Gianna and Bella, I look to the wonderful life you and your family gave Scott. Love, Kim
Kim Rossi Stagliano
July 10, 2012
Scott's legacy was shared by thousands and even though I never had the privilege of meeting him, I am blessed to have known of him. He was a reflection of all that is good in his fellow man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and many friends.
July 10, 2012
deepest sympathies...
Walker family
July 10, 2012
My Family extends its sympathy to the Family and Friends of Scotty Widak. Scott, always an upbeat guy and a good sense of humor. Always got a smile and nice remark from him even in his last days. God Bless you Scott, you can now rest.
Tom Secky
July 10, 2012
My deepest sympathies to the Widak family at this difficult time.
Tina Laliberte
July 10, 2012
My sympathies to the Widak Family. My memories of Scott are of him always smiling!! Prayers to you all during this difficult time. You will all now have a special guardian Angel!
Debbie (Stone)Antonitis
July 10, 2012
Our thoughts and Prayers to the Widak family at this very sad time. Rest In Peace Scotty. Jerry,Cindy & Jeremy
Cindy Fisher
July 10, 2012
Our thought's and Prayer's to you all at this somber time in your life. I was Scott's bus driver for a few year's and I have a great story of one of the day's I was unable to drive the bus, my husband Bob drove for me instead. Well, when he stopped to pick up Scott, Scott was NOT getting on that bus until Mrs. Skinner came back. The next day he told me that I needed to call him and let him know if I wasn't going to be there. He was a burst of sunshine then and he will be a bigger burst now. God rest his soul. God Bless to all of you.
Elsie and Bob Skinner
July 10, 2012
My heart and thoughts are with you all....Scotty was such a treasure...we are all better people for having known him...
Debbie Donovan
July 10, 2012
I am carrying a heavy heart for the loss of classmate, townie, and the happiest man I ever knew. My mom (Elsie Skinner) would pick Scottie up on the bus and he would put a smile on your face even if you did not want to smile. He shared his happiness with all of us. He will be miss by all who were blessed enough to have known and shared his love. Scott you will be forever in my memories.
Kim Jillson
July 9, 2012
I just listened to Scott's nephew on CBC radio in Toronto and had to send my sympathies to his family.. I am sure heaven above is already coloured with his artwork...
July 9, 2012
To Stanley, Steve, Sherry, and Sharlene....I never met Scott but from reading I know he was an angel who was loaned to all of you! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Pat Rocha
July 9, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Scotty's passing. I have his "shark" drawing framed in my office & have treasured it since he gave it to me. May you find peace & comfort through his memory & through each other.

Susan Chenard, Social Worker
Compassionate Care Hospice
July 9, 2012
Dear Sharlene,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Scott sounded like an amazing person and a great gift to all of you who knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

Miss you!

Heather Thomas
July 9, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Scott's passing. I remember him well from my years in Plainville. He always had a smile to share. My thoughts and prayers are with the Widak family.
Sherylene Bowes
July 9, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Barbara and Paula Dumont
Paula Dumont
July 9, 2012
Scotty was such a sweet guy, and I will always remember how happy he always was, and how he always made everyone smile. He was blessed with an incredible family. God Bless You all.
Cindy Lewicki
July 9, 2012
So sorry for your loss.

Love, Fellow Redditor
July 9, 2012
Susie and family I do remember Scottie, and may he be as good in heaven as he was here..
Diana Kettell-Burke
July 9, 2012
Did not know you Scott, but seeing your story online made me happy to know you felt so much love throughout your life - and that there are such random and kind people left in this world to send you such thoughtful letters in your final days - I only wish I could have came across your post sooner so I could have sent you one myself :) RIP
July 9, 2012
Scott is a very gentle and kind human being who will be rememered in our family's heart. God bless him.
Tom Wiercioch
July 9, 2012
We have all thought of Scotty often with fond memories. Our thoughts are with you.
The Hartfords from Appletree Drive.
July 9, 2012
Dave Walker
July 9, 2012
One of Gods children being called for more important work yet to be done, deepest sympathy from the Kozak's.
David Kozak
July 9, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family on the passing of Scottie. I hope my letters made him smile.
Wendy Everett Haraldsen
July 9, 2012
Thinking of you all at this time of sorrow.
Helena Shearman-Chutjian
July 9, 2012
To my great aunt and her family , I send my deepest sympathies Scotty was a smile every time you saw him, his spirit and joy came through everyday and taught all of those who knew him that there were no boundaries in your life other than the ones you make yourself.
Gina Jones
July 9, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow, may he rest in peace.
Marge and Fred Gariepy
July 9, 2012
Rock on, man.
Name Notneeded
July 9, 2012
To the entire Widak Family. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one Scott Widak. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May he rest in peace as he was born one of God's Children. Bob Hurley and his colleagues at Teleflora.
Bob Hurley
July 9, 2012
With all the warmth of this candle your friends from Reddit shall never forget you. You brought out the best in us. Much love =*}
Ana B
July 9, 2012
Gott segne Sie und Ihre Familie in dieser Zeit der Trauer.
July 9, 2012
Gott segne Sie und Ihre Familie in dieser Zeit der Trauer.
Renate Otte
July 9, 2012
Bless you Angel
July 9, 2012
My favorite memory is Scotty chasing me around Aunties to tickle me when I was about 8 and he was so fast all I could do was run to lock myself in the bathroom. Though I have to say every bit of time spent with Scotty was a good time and memorable. He was always fun to be around and such a joker. God gave our family the the best gift of all, he gave us Scotty. We will miss him and never forget what a blessing it was to have had him in our lives. My deepest sympathy to Auntie and her wonderful family. Love You All Barbara
Barbara Lewicki
July 8, 2012
Tina Stracuzzi-Robella
July 8, 2012
My thoughts go out to Scott's family.
Pat Moffat
July 8, 2012
Heaven is a better place with my sweet brother Scotty. He will be forever missed. I love you SW.
Sharlene Smith
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