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.
To sign an online guestbook for Scott, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.
Published in Legacy on Jul. 8, 2012.