Neil G. Wetzler
We celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Neil G. Wetzler, 55, of Waltham, MA (formerly of Wilmington MA). He died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Neil was surrounded by family and friends as he completed his journey to the light. Upon Neil’s passing, a dear friend of Neil’s, Reverend Bob Butler (formerly of Wilmington) gathered with family and friends to offer a time of reflection, consolation and prayer.
Neil’s love of family and friends was reflected in his intense loyalty, generosity, kindness, and dependability. He was always there when you needed him and most of his time in life was spent giving to others. Neil was a businessman, but in his free time he enjoyed leading inline skating tours in American cities, reading, watching movies, collecting historical and unique artifacts, cooking wonderful meals, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Neil was loved by many and those who knew him would describe him as “one of a kind.” Neil was a loving and caring son, brother, uncle, partner and friend.
Neil lived in Italy for an extended period of time where he learned to speak the language and immersed himself in the history of the country. Over the past 30 years, Neil made biannual trips to Annagh, Gort. Co. Galway, Ireland, the birth place of his mother. There he spent several months a year with his beloved Uncle Frank Walsh and his beloved Aunt Sheila Fitzgerald, in addition to time with his cousins. This time was precious to him and he was loved and cherished by many in Ireland.
Neil is survived by his life partner of 13 years, Kirsten Tolley of Waltham, MA, his parents, Richard and Philomena Wetzler of Wilmington, MA, his sister, Valerie Mazzola and her husband Stephen Mazzola of Londonderry, NH, his brother Brian Wetzler and his wife Elizabeth Wetzler of West Point, NY, his nephews, Brian, Marc, and Eric Mazzola of Londonderry, NH and Carson Wetzler of West Point, NY. His nieces, Kaela Mazzola of Charleston, SC and Sydney Wetzler of West Point NY, in addition to his beloved cousins, aunt, uncle and dear friends.
We want to extend our “profound” thanks to all those who participated in “Neil’s Care Team.” During Neil’s last few weeks with us, so many of you showed your true love for Neil and our family. Thanks to all those who spent nights and days with us as we provided 24 hour care to Neil in his home. You all graciously gave up time with your own families to help us make sure Neil was comfortable and his journey was peaceful. Thank you to all of those who brought us much needed home cooked meals, coffee and donuts in the morning, did laundry for us, took time off work, ran errands, visited and called frequently, sat and spoke to Neil when he could no longer speak, and helped us lift him when we needed extra muscle. Through all the exhaustion and tears, those of you on his team never let him down. We are forever grateful for your kindness through this very difficult time.
As per Neil’s wishes, there will be no public services. Following cremation, there will be a private celebration of his life. If you would like to honor his memory with a gift, we will be setting up a scholarship fund in his name at Hillsdale College, 33 East College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242. You can send a check or donate through their website. Please refer to his name when sending your donation.
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