William "Fritz" A. Wiedergott

Born: Wed., Mar. 28, 1934
Died: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017

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William A. ‘Fritz’ Wiedergott, 82, of Northborough and formerly of Southborough, died on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester. 
He was the beloved husband of Sylvia (Bloch) Wiedergott for 60 years.
Born in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, Fritz graduated from Allentown High School. Soon after he enlisted in the Navy, serving on the Destroyer the USS Stoddard during the Korean War. Upon his Honorable discharge, Fritz went on to attend Springfield College, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.
  For the next 40 years Fritz would become a popular and well respected member of the faculty at St. Mark's School in Southborough. He taught in the math department, was the Director of Athletics, a trainer, and coach of the schools Varsity Soccer, Wrestling, and LaCrosse teams, where he amassed an impressive record.
 An avid Skeet Shooter, Fritz was a World Champion in individual and team events. His overall excellence in the sport resulted in Fritz' induction into both the Massachusetts, and National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame.
   In addition to his wife Sylvia, he is survived by his children, Anita-Marie Edwardsen and her husband, Ronald; Teresa Wiedergott-Wilson and her husband, Steve; William A.Wiedergott, 3rd;  Karl Wiedergott; Heather Cartier and her husband, Roland; his grandchildren, Kristine Hart, Kelly Edwardsen, Ryan Wilson, Hannah Wilson, and Chace Cartier.
 All services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his memory to a charity of your choosing.
Arrangements are under the care of the Morris Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough.
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Shirley Mark
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
I was so saddened to hear of Fritz's passing.
I remember him as a great friend and true gentlemen to me and
My late husband Al Mark. Loved shooting skeet
With him.
I know he will be sadely missed by many.
Condolences to Sylvia and family.

Robert Hawkes
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Dear Sylvia,

I am so shocked and sad to hear of Fritz's passing. Thankfully, there are many years of pleasant memories of You and He at the club together and many years ago there with the children. May GOD Bless you in this time of need. My most sincere condolences to you all.

Bob Hawkes

Richard DeLibertis
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Teresa, my sympathies to your family on the loss of your Dad.

Debby [Sanders] Brossi
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Anita & family, I was so sad to hear of your loss. I have not seen your father for many years but I remember him and all of your family very fondly from our days at Algonquin. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Debby Brossi

James Kennedy (Class of '77)
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
During my time at St. Marks I had the utmost respect for Mr. Wiedergott. A man of high integrity and honesty. He was always fair and straight forward. He got you to dig a little deeper and bring out the best in you.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all his loved ones. It was an honor to know him.
Most sincerely,
Jim Kennedy

Elliott Scott, Class of '83
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Dear Mrs. Wiedergott,

I am deeply saddened by your loss. I consider myself very blessed to have had such a man in my life. He was more than just my coach and advisor, he was the mentor and role model that I desperately needed at such an impressionable time of my life. He has left an indelible mark, for which I am grateful. I have no doubt that there are many out there with similar stories. His career was spent building great men, and I for one will never forget what he has done for me. Thank you and Bless you!

With Deepest Sympathies and Highest Regards,

Elliott R. Scott
Class of 1983

Sandy Cross
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Sylvia and all the Wiedergotts.....Our hearts are broken that Fritz is no longer with us. There are so many great things one could say about Fritz who was the kindest and finest gentlemen we ever knew. We can only imagine how difficult it is for you.

Just know how much we love you Sylvia and how much we are going to miss Fritz. He was so special.

Dave and Sandy Cross SM P'97 '00

Raymond Shimkus
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
Fritz, you were a great positive influence to our lives. May the spirit of your happiness, integrity and attitude be a light for many others to follow.

David Bennett
   Posted Tue February 07, 2017
On behalf of the entire Bennett family, our heartfelt condolences to all the Wiedergotts. There are a lot of great memories of those family get togethers at St. Mark’s so long ago. Although I did not play for Fritz, I used to write down all the Rules of the Day he would post for the lacrosse players. The one that stands out the most and has been a creed of mine through my career in education is “Don’t wish for it, work for It.”
David Bennett ‘75

Pamela Maurice Dietz
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
Anita & Family - so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Morgan Hall
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
Dear Wiedergott family,
My deepest condolences on the passing of Fritz. He was an incredible man and mentor to myself and others wandering the hallways and playing fields of St. Mark's. He found ways to challenge me and push me beyond what I thought was possible.

With great sympathy,
Morgan Hall

Geoff Apthorp SM Class of '79
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
Dear Sylvia, Anita, Karl, Teresa, Billy: I was deeply saddened to learn of Fritz's passing on Sunday. He was one of the most honorable and compassionate men I have ever known and I will always be incredibly grateful to have known him. He was a stable positive influence in my life during a very difficult time for my family. I was a lost soul when I got to SM, but Fritz and you all embraced me (and many others that I know about), as part of your family. I can never repay you all for that extraordinary kindness and generosity. However, I want you to know that have tried to "pay it forward" in my own way by emulating Fritz in my life since SM. His lessons live on in me - I aspire every day to meet the standard he tough me as an exemplary leader, coach, father and gentleman that he was. Fritz's generosity, kindness and complete commitment to excellence were simply without peer. I have neglected my obligation to stay in touch since SM and I sincerely regret that, but I have thought of Fritz and you all very often with great love and respect. Fritz was a great man, a great coach and a great friend who helped thousands of young people like me to be better people and live better lives. Love to you and yours. Geoff

John Rawlings, Class of 1980
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
Fritz was the most influential coach I ever had the pleasure of playing for. "Don't wish for it--work for it" is an adage that rings in my ear to this day. He was a giant, and I know he affected so many of us in profound ways beyond the playing fields of St. Marks. My heart goes out the the Wiedergott family.

Wilder Bellamy '70
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
We miss him greatly -- best of condolences to everyone in family.

Peter Robb (SM Class of 78)
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
My brother Lanse Robb (SM 80) forwarded this notice on to me today. Very sad news. On behalf of the entire Robb family, I extend our thoughts and best wishes to the Wiedergott family. SM was going through some tough changes in the 1970s and many of us were struggling just to make it to the end of each semester. My best memories were of afternoons on the playing fields under Coach Wiedergott. I was lucky enough to have six seasons on his lacrosse and soccer teams. We learned how to be athletes and young men. Fritz yelled at us because he cared. And then when he got quiet, you know you really screwed up. I wish I had recorded some of his pre-game speeches or his post-game comments with us sitting in the bleachers. We were damn lucky to have him there urging us on. SM was lucky. I still hear his voice and his laugh. Rules for the Day? Oh yeah. He was SM's own Bill Belichick. Thanks for everything, Coach!

jeff hulton
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
I was saddened to learn today while at MinuteMan that Fritz had passed. I first met Fritz while I was a "trap boy" at the Remington Gun Club Lordship some 50 yrs ago. I had the honor of scoring his round many many times over the years at The Great Eastern shoot.

25+ yrs later when I first joined MinuteMan in Burlington, I saw a familiar face sitting with his peers. I walked over and reintroduced myself to him. Such memories, such fun.
Fritz to this day is remembered as one of the greatest gentlemen of the sport. Everyone that knew him, met him or completed against him had nothing but wonderful things to say about him. Can any man leave a better legacy.
RIP Sir.
jeff hulton
ex Trap boy, Remington Arms Rep and longtime Skeet and Trap competitor

Jackie Brewer Garvey
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. May your memories help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Peter Grenache
   Posted Wed February 08, 2017
Dear Anita and family,
I am so very sorry and saddened deeply at the passing of your Dad this past Sunday.
You and everyone are in my heart and prayers at such a difficult time.
Find comfort from each other in this time of sorrow.


Mike Anderson
   Posted Thu February 09, 2017
I am so sorry to hear that Fritz passed. One of the most influential people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing - and I am only one of the many! He was a leader and teacher of how to approach any task at hand. He held everyone to a high standard by not only articulating how things were to be done, but also why, and could convey a message with a look and a couple of words, because when he spoke, you knew it came with meaning. Without a doubt he lives on in all of us who had the privilege of knowing him. "The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." Fritz is that man on the mountain. I wish you all the best.

Don and Linda Buzzell
   Posted Thu February 09, 2017
Dear Sylvia and Family

We will miss Fritz, a dear friend and good neighbor. Wishing you strength for today, hope for tomorrow

Teresa Newton-Moineau
   Posted Sat February 11, 2017
My heart is broken, Fritz, Sylvia were my "other parents" Anita, my best friend growing up along with Teresa, Karl, Billy & Heather. I love all of you & so grateful of the times I got to spend with Fritz & Sylvia in Northboro & staying in touch for so many years....my whole life time. Fritz & Sylvia always treated me like I was another daughter. So incredibly blessed
to have had that in my life. Fritz, you will be in my heart forever & Sylvia, Anita, Teresa,
Billy, Karl & Heather.....you've never left my heart. You are ALL in my thoughts & prayers always.....

Jan Batty
   Posted Sun February 12, 2017
Sylvia and family,
So sorry to hear by Fritz as he was a good friend and fellow shooter with Bill (who also recently passed). They go way back and I remember the times we would all get together at Worlds. I know Bill and he spent many hours doing computer and skeet events and will be missed. Please let me know if you need anything. Again, my sincere condolences to the family.
Jan Batty

Rick Mattioli
   Posted Fri February 17, 2017
To the Weidergott Family:

The lessons learned from Fritz certainly helped me become a better human being, soccer player and coach, which I carry with me today..As a Townie, he was an incredible mentor, and accepted me into your lives and home so many years ago..

Tom McKean
   Posted Mon February 20, 2017
While I never had Fritz as a coach, he was a positive force at St. Mark's during my four years there and I got to know him better after graduation. He was someone who emphasized that effort as much or more than skill was important for success. St. Mark's was a better place due to him.

Paul Mott
   Posted Thu February 23, 2017
Forty-five years ago, as a youngster at a summer camp, I felt singled out unfairly by this man. Yes, I was horsing around when I was supposed to be paying unflagging attention, but I was not the only one. It seems so unfair for a twelve year old, and so when I told my dad about this at the end of the camp, my father told me to go ask him why he picked on me. I still do not know why I would do such a thing, but I did, and his answer shocked me. He told me that I was one of the most talented players at the camp, one he said he imagined could become a professional soccer player one day if I tried hard. Huh!? Ten year later I was an All-American collegiate soccer player, and I did go on to have a professional career. TO THIS DAY I remember that incident and how Fritz Wiedergott helped me achieve my dreams. I am most grateful to him, and though but one of many, many young people that sing his praises, I wanted to join you in remembering what a fine man he was.

George Seeley
   Posted Sat February 25, 2017
Please pass this on to Firtiz Wiedergott's wife, Sylvia:


Fritz was my contemporary and our rivalry as prep school soccer coaches was very competitive. Belmont Hill lost so consistently to St. Mark's early on that one of my teams tried organizing the writing of little pre-game "psych" poems to try to conjure up a win. It didn't work.

Fritz was a well-recognized legend at St. Mark's. The kind of able, enthusiastic and high principled school man every institution needs. I did not always agree with him, but I certainly admired him. His passing is quite personal for me."

George Seeley
Belmont Hill School

George Seeley
   Posted Tue February 28, 2017

Fritz was my contemporary and our rivalry as soccer coaches was very competitive. Belmont Hill lost so consistently to St. Mark's early on that one of my teams tried organizing the writing of little "psych" poems to try to conjure up a win. It didn't work.

Fritz was a well-recognized legend at St. Mark's. The kind of able, enthusiastic and high principled school man every institution needs. His passing is quite personal for me."

George Seeley
Belmont Hill School