Jack WESTELMAN
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WESTELMAN, Jack
(aka Danny Wells)
April 7, 1941 - November 28, 2013
On Thursday, November 28, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. Son of the late Eunice and the late Eli Westelman. Loving and adored father and father-in-law of Matthew and Danna, and Adam. Loving "Zaizie" to Zoe. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Rhona Spanier and John Macdonald, Phil and Cookie, Joel and Janet, and the late Karen (Grant Reynolds). Unlike so many of us, Danny followed his dreams; The Catskills, New York, nightclubs around the world, Los Angeles, movies and television. He made them laugh and wowed them with his natural gifts. A very funny and talented man, he will be terribly missed by his family, Beverly, nieces, nephews and many friends and colleagues. Burial will take place in Los Angeles. Shiva from Dec. 4 to 8, 1330 Raimbault, St. Laurent, 2:00 to 5:00 PM and 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 12365 Lewis St. #101, Garden Grove, CA 92840 (714-663-7200) or The Actors' Fund of Canada, 1000 Yonge Street, Suite 301, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2K2 (877-399-8392) actorsfund.ca or the charity of your choice.


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Published in Monteal Gazette from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2013.
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May 19, 2014
Danny, my friend, so sad to hear of your passing. I owe so much to you. Helping me start my business, encouraging me to buy my first house and sending my wife, Diane to Bev's doctor. Also giving me advice on show biz. You were larger than life! You have an impact on my every day life. Our hearfelt condolences to Bev and your sons.
Art Nemeth
March 22, 2014
Thank you for the great memories. You didn't know it, but you were always there for me.
Romy Keyes
February 6, 2014
Mr. Westelman brought many hours of entertainment to a little farm girl in rural North Carolina. So sorry to hear of his passing. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Tiernee Deveaux
January 14, 2014
Danny my friend, you will be surely missed!
Louis Bolyki
December 10, 2013
Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Salman Sayed
December 6, 2013
A very talented and lovable individual, you will be missed. Rest in peace.
Andrew
December 6, 2013
I grew up watching Mr. Wells as Luigi on the Super Mario Bros Super Show. Both Mr. Wells and Captain Lou were and still are my childhood heroes. That show got me through some tough times. They will always be the Mario Bros to me. Thanks for the laughs and the memories.
Jeff Hub
December 6, 2013
Dear Phil and Cookie
My sincere condolences to you and your family on your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Colleen Bismuth
December 6, 2013
I have lots of fond memories as a child and when I think of you a smile always come to my face !!! You will always be in my thought and my heart forever ... Xox
Marlene Wasserman
December 5, 2013
I am very saddened by hearing of Jacks passing. We shared many great times when he was in the Aeons chapter of BBYO.I am very proud of his successes and accomplishments.
Bobby Levinson
December 5, 2013
I knew Danny in the late 1980's when his boy Matt played ball in the Encino Little League and I coached there. Danny and I had great conversations in the stands. His wit and warmth is something I've often thought of. Ran into one of my fellow coaches today at lunch who informed me of Danny's passing and we both exchanged fond remembrances. Peace to him and his family.
Steven Weiss
December 5, 2013
I will miss you lot. We love you uncle Jackie.
A Spanier-Levasseur
December 5, 2013
Thanks for all the happy memories.
John Kaelin
December 5, 2013
RIP Danny! I love watching The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and am very sad to hear you have passed.
B. M.
December 5, 2013
I loved watching Jack in various TV shows throughout the years, especially Mario Brothers. RIP good man, your legacy is a great one.
DS Davis
December 5, 2013
I'll always remember you from those hilarious commercials and as Luigi from the SMB Super Show. You were a very talented and funny man. Rest peacefully, good sir.
Simon Adams
December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Danny, I'll always remember you as Luigi
Dan Solimene
December 4, 2013
Danny was a wonderful man, and we did many commercials together. I loved his enthusiasm, his talent, and his stories. Those WONDERFUL Hollywood stories. Farewell, my friend. My heart goes out to your family.
Terry O'Reilly
December 4, 2013
I'll always remember him for his portrayal of Luigi as a multi-dimensional character with feelings back when me, and many people of my generation who grew up watching the Super Mario Bros. Super Show had little to worry about. RIP
Jay Lee
December 4, 2013
Thank you for all the laughs you brought us 80's kids as you acted Luigi in the Super Mario Bros Super Show. You and Mr. Albano were awesome and will always be fondly remembered.
Sandra
December 4, 2013
I've never forgotten our years writing music together and dreaming of "making it." You did just that by following those dreams. You will always have a place I my heart.
Harriet Shaffer
December 4, 2013
from chile... I remember you as luigi and i must say thank you for a beautifull childhood. R.I.P
December 4, 2013
"When you live a life worth remembering, you become immortal." Thank you Mr. Westelman.
December 4, 2013
Danny will be greatly missed here at Noble Caplan Abrams, by all of us. He was the epitome of a classy guy, always had a kind word for everyone he met. A pleasure to be around, a fountain of stories. He shared my love for Australian Shepherd dogs and we loved to swap stories of all the dogs we'd loved and lost. Sorry I never did get out for a game of golf with you, Danny. Hope you rest in peace.
James Crammond
December 4, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Westelman Family. Jack and I were in high school together and kept in touch all these years. I have fond memories of all of you.
Jo-Ann Gilman
December 4, 2013
Danny was a good friend for over 10 years and I loved him like family. He helped me with so much good advice in this crazy business of show. I am thankful for his friendship and always being there for me, coming to my shows, and all of his amazing stories of the good ol' days. I will miss my friend very much and the many great times we sat, ate and drank and talked and laughed for hours. I know he is up in heaven opening for Sinatra again.
TINO DEMITRO
December 4, 2013
For me you will always be Luigi. Rest in peace you will be missed Jack!
Xavier
December 4, 2013
RIP Luigi, My childhood wouldn't have been the same without you, My eternal gratitude.
Oliver Curtis
December 4, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss Phil, Cookie, Alicia and Heather. I remember meeting Danny once with Renee and he was so warm and funny. My condolences to the family.
Reissa Gibbs (Vineberg)
December 4, 2013
I just want to say to his family that he brought me much great joy as a child when he acted as Luigi in the Super Mario Brothers Supershow. I laughed and smiled for endless hours because of him.

I am truly sorry for your loss.
Robert Polzin
December 4, 2013
RIP Luigi, you made my childhood awesome. Thank you.
Chris Matott
December 3, 2013
Rest in peace, and may you be reunited with loved ones in eternal paradise.
Caroline C.
December 3, 2013
Rest in peace, Jack. Your lovable portrayal of Luigi on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show brought myself and my sister many laughs, and you will be missed.
Caroline C.
December 3, 2013
I always watched Danny act alongside Captain Lou Albano when he was in my favorite TV show, the "Super Mario Bros. Super Show!" Fantastic animated series, and Danny brought so much humor and dynamism to the Luigi plumber character he portrayed.

Danny Wells was a great man and I hope his legacy continues to live on. It's truly a sad loss.
Peter Vinardi
December 3, 2013
As a young child, I adored the Super Mario show, such that Danny and Lou were the only childhood heroes I ever had or needed. I'm so grateful for all the joy he brought me back then.
Anthony R
December 3, 2013
Growing up in the 80s I knew Mr. Westelman as Luigi on the Super Mario Bros Super Show. His role as Luigi meant a great deal to me, as the show brought me great comfort from being very badly bullied. It was my escape from the cruelty others inflicted on me. I will be forever grateful for all of the laughs he gave me at the end of horrible days. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person or sending him that fan letter I had wanted to for years, just know that he will always have a place in my heart, and he will always be one of my childhood Heroes. My deepest condolences to you the Westelman family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeff Hubbard
December 3, 2013
Surely his memory will be a blessing to everyone who loved him and everyone he loved.
Stuart Davidson
December 3, 2013
Brought very happy times and memories to my childhood. I still watch the Super Mario Bros. Super Show to this day.
Dennis Morgan
December 3, 2013
I grew up watching him and Lou on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, truly saddened by his passing.
Derek M
December 3, 2013

To the Westelman family:
It is with great sadness to hear of Jack's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss - Jack brought many moments of joy and always filled the room with laughter - he will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
Marilyn & Norty Birman
Marilyn & Norty Birman
December 3, 2013
I'll never forget the joy of watching you and Lou on the television as a child. Thanks for all the treasured memories.
Matthew T
December 3, 2013
Danny was a wonderful man. Always a kind word and a great story! He will be missed
Lindsey Gardner
December 3, 2013
So sad, thinking of all of you.
Kari Kirzner
December 3, 2013
I did not know him personally and only found out today (too late, unfortunately), that he was a Montrealer. May he rest in peace. Thank you Danny for playing Luigi in Super Mario Bros. Super Show, you were perfect in the role. May you have lots of brotherly quabbles with Captain Lou, wherever you are now. The Year of Luigi ends on this sad note...
Sarah S
December 3, 2013
RIP Luigi
Jack
December 3, 2013
To all of Jackie's children, brothers,sisters, in-laws, we are very sorry for your loss. We will remember him as the joker, always a kibitzer. This will be his legacy to all of you and the family
Rachel & Fred Litwin
December 3, 2013
MY CONDOLENCES
December 3, 2013
So sorry to hear. Danny was a ray of light with a sense of humour that will certainly be missed. I had the pleasure of working with him at NCA as Richs Assistant. RIP Danny...you are and always will be great great man.
Reena Rampersad
December 3, 2013
My Darling Jackie I will miss you so much. You were always there for me when things were tough and fun to be with in good times as well. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Love Estelle
December 3, 2013
Hours of fun with Danny in Studio! He told me a few jokes I still use to this day. He was a joy to work with and a pleasure to have known. My condolences to the Family.
MarceL Jeannin
December 3, 2013
Jack will be deeply missed.
RIP.
Moe Rosenhek
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