Jack Casimir Wiza
February 26, 2000 – May 29, 2018
WIZA, Jack Casimir- It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Wiza announces his passing on May 29, 2018 at the age of 18. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Elizabeth Wiza of Scituate, his father, Joseph Wiza, his wife Jennifer of North Grafton and his brother Nick, 15, also of Scituate. He is also survived by his step sister Carleigh and step brother Tanner.
Jack will be forever remembered by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Kemp of Concord, MA, his maternal aunts and uncles, Carolyn (Eric), Margaret, Robert, Amy (Joseph), and Katie (Ryan) as well as by his paternal aunts and uncles, Rachel (Ben), Mark, and Alison. Jack’s memory will be cherished by his many cousins. Jack will be forever in the heart of Lisa Page, his private duty nurse who has been by his side for 15 years, and her family and friends.
Jack had profound disabilities and several medical complexities. Although he was not able to talk, he spoke volumes through his eyes, expressions, and vocalizations. Jack loved his brother Nicky, his dog Emmie, school, Elmo, his cozy bed, and playing under his toy bar. Jack giggled at the sing-song rhythms of nursery rhymes, loved his books, and being read to by his mama.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday June 6 from 4pm to 8pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, June 7 at 11am at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate, MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA (www.floatinghospital.org) or to Pediatric Specialties at Boston Medical Center (www.bmc.org/giving).
- Visitation Wednesday, June 6, 2018
- Funeral Mass Thursday, June 7, 2018
Jack Casimir Wiza
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June 6, 2018
I remember meeting Jack and Liz for the first time when I was out strolling the neighborhood with my own newborn son, in the late summer/early fall, of 2000. It was so nice to be a newcomer in the neighborhood and meet Liz and Jack who were also out for a stroll. That began our beautiful friendship. Liz and I would soon bring our babies together weekly, first at her home, then at mine, and many times it was just connecting by phone....talking through usual mothering occurrences and questions, then eventually, supporting each other through the many challenges our babies brought forth...…..I learned from Liz and Jack the true meaning of unconditional love and devotion...…..Liz is indeed the strongest person that I have ever met.....her love, support and commitment to Jack and her family is like nothing I have ever seen...….her strength has given me hope and comfort during the dark moments of my life, and for that I am a better mother, sister, friend....being...
I am profoundly saddened by Jack's passing....Know that during this time you are deeply loved and honored and remain in my prayers.
June 6, 2018
You will be missed, sweet Jack. My heart goes out to all the people whose lives you touched with your gentle strength and beautiful spirit. My sincerest condolences to Liz, Joe, Nick, and Lisa.
June 1, 2018
I remember visiting him and buying him a blazer shirt. He looked at me me and smiled. He was stronger then any person met. He is smiling down on us. He is home and free to be Jack. God bless his family and friends.
June 1, 2018
It is with heavy heart that I write about Jack in the past tense, though he is with us in spirit always. While it is usually the able-bodied who comfort the disabled, it was Jack who often provided comfort to everyone around him. His innocence, his contentment were so pure, that he brought a deep sense of peace and calm to whomever would stop to ruffle his beautiful hair, stroke the so-soft skin of his arms, or clasp his graceful hands for a time. While so many worked hard to care for his physical needs, he repaid in spades with love, freely given. A life well-lived.
One cannot talk about Jack without mention of his mother, Liz. It is only through Liz's courage, strength, persistence and advocacy that Jack led a full and meaningful life. In addition to being a loving mother, Liz became an expert in acute care. She may not have an MD, but she earned a medical degree in Jack. A quote from Arthur Ashe comes to mind: "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." Liz leads a life of service and I have no doubt that she will continue to use the strength and skills that she learned through Jack's care to help others.