James Mark Widrick, known to those close to him as Jim or Woody, passed away on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28, 2019 at the young age of 53.
It has left all those who knew him shocked, stunned, broken, and at a loss for words. He was loved and adored by anyone that had an opportunity to get to know him. He had a larger than life personality that would fill a room with laughter; his full belly boisterous laugh was contagious to all.
His amazing personality, sense of humor, and his ability to tell stories was truly legendary. Jim’s passion for life and his family was evident to all. He fought to live right up to his last breath and even then was determined to live. His life was cut way too short, with so many plans still made for the future.
Jim was born January 21, 1966 to Douglas Leon Widrick and Frances Heinsohn Widrick in Lowville, New York. At the age of 8 his family moved to Bangor, Pennsylvania where he was raised Mennonite on his family’s dairy farm, Heinsohn Farms.
Upon graduating Bangor Area High School, he was offered a baseball scholarship for pitching which he turned down in favor of moving to Northern California where he became a commercial real estate broker, a status he maintained throughout his life.
He gained a love of baseball from his father and continued to pitch for a semi-pro baseball team in California for many years. While living in San Rafael, California he met the love of his life and best friend, his future wife of 29 years, Marty Gordon Widrick. Together they raised three amazing children, Katarina Widrick, Joshua Widrick, and Blake Widrick. All three hold the incredible sense of humor, integrity, love, and passion for life that Jim instilled in each of them.
In 1998, the family moved to Mansfield, Ohio. For 28 years Jim worked in the pump and equipment industry where he was considered a friend, mentor, and role model to many. Jim and Marty owned numerous rental properties and it was always Jim’s plan to write a humorous book about the years of being a landlord, “You’ve never been a landlord until you’ve spackled bullet holes.”
Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Marty Widrick; his three children, Katarina Widrick, Joshua Widrick, and Blake Widrick; his mother, Francis Widrick; three brothers, Peter (Amy) Widrick, Timothy (Karen) Widrick, Michael (Danielle) Widrick, one sister, Mary Ellen (Greg) Caracappa, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Widrick.
His bear-like hugs and hands large enough to palm a basketball were unforgettable. He was a lover of sports, fishing, traveling with Marty, and hanging out with those he loved. A perfect evening for Jim was sipping an old fashioned at the Trophy Lounge with family and friends.
He was taken far too soon, but his legacy will continue to live on in those he leaves behind. The heavens are now blessed to have an amazing angel. Memorial Service, followed by a Reception, will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 2 PM, Mosaic Church, 296 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio.