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Reverend Leo J. Wimett

Born: Mon., Dec. 11, 1933
Died: Tue., Oct. 16, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 18, 2012
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
Location: St. Mary's Church

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
Location: St. Mary's Church

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North Bay-Rev. Leo J. Wimett, 78, of Route 49, Pastor of St. John’s/St. Mary’s in North Bay and Verona Beach, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at the rectory.  
      He was born December 11, 1933, in Utica, NY, a son of Leo J. and Lillian LaPointe Wimett.
Father Wimett attended Sacred Heart Elementary School in Utica as well as St Paul’s Missions Seminary in Minnesota. He graduated from St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester. He was ordained in Syracuse on February 2, 1960, and said his first mass on February thirteenth at St. Francis de Sales in Utica.
     Father Wimett’s first appointment was as parochial vicar of Holy Cross Parish in DeWitt from 1960 to 1966.  He was parochial vicar at St James in Johnson City 1966 to 1969, at St James in Syracuse in 1969 and at St Ann’s Church in Syracuse from 1969 to 1976.  He served on the diocesan finance committee and was the chaplain for the Ladies Auxiliary, Our Lady of Peace Council for the Knights of Columbus.  He also served as chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in Johnson City from 1965 to 1970. Father Wimett was the pastor of St. John’s/St. Mary’s in North Bay and Verona Beach since 1976, and he said it gave him a remarkable chance to get to know the families in his parish.  He said, “Now, I’m marrying some of the kids I baptized.”  Countless parishioners state that Fr. Leo will always be remembered for his touching and inspirational homilies.
     Father Leo liked to travel with his sister and other companions.  He was often seen at area restaurants enjoying a meal in the company of his close friends.
     Many remember Fr. Leo as a gourmet cook.  He displayed his culinary expertise, which he gained from countless cooking schools, including some in Tuscany, Italy and in New Orleans   He especially liked to prepare Italian dishes. .
     He is survived by a sister, Linda Gozy, Whitesboro, NY, three nieces, Kimberly Testa, Valerie Starczewski, and Bridget Flynn, two nephews, Jeffrey Gozy and Sean Flynn, and many special people whose lives’  he touched and who cared for him deeply, as if he were family.  Father Leo was predeceased by his parents, a stepfather, Joseph Nudo and stepsister, Sue Nudo.
     A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at St. Mary’s Church, Verona Beach.  Interment, St. John’s Cemetery, North Bay, NY.  The Vigil Service for a Priest will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday, at St. Mary’s Church.
     Calling hours will be held Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and again Friday, 4-7 p.m., at St. Mary’s Church, Verona Beach.  Arrangements are under the direction of the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc. 109 Main St., Camden, NY.
     In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to; St. John’s Church, Rev. Leo J. Wimett Memorial Fund, PO Box 289, North Bay, NY 13123.

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Peggi & Dick Lane
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
Father married us 29 years ago. He was a lovely man. So sorry to hear about his passing.

Maureen Dourney
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
The sudden passing of Father Wimett has shocked all of us fortunate enough to have known and loved him. He was a spiritual leader who will be sorely missed by all of us fortunate enough to have known him. He was such a giving, caring person. The children would beam as he shook their hand, touched their head as he left church at the end of Mass. Just being near him made you feel loved and cared for and about. We have lost a very special man, but he will always be near us. Sincere sympathy to his family members.

Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared, and the love they brought into our lives. Father Wimett has truly made this world a better place. May he continue to watch over all of us from Heaven.

Jim & Rose Boehlert
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
Condolence and regrets the passing of Fr. Wimett. Jim & Rose Boehlert, Vestal & Sylvan Beach, NY.

Bill & Sue Beal
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
I too treasured Fr. Wimett''s homiles and masses. We lived in Sylvan Beach a while and moved but still had all 5 of our children baptized by Fr. Wimett. He will be missed and our prayers go out to him and his family.

Joe & Dianne Agne
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
Joe and i loved Father Wimett and was always there for us and many other people.He will be so missed by us and so many others,and we will never forget all is kindness he showed us over all the years. Condolences to all his family. Gone but will never be forgotten!
Love Dianne & Joe

Chris & Martha Murphy
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
We only knew Father Wimett for a short 12 years,but we will remember him always. A truly good man....
Chris and Martha Murphy

MaryEllen Dixon
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
You married my siblings, you baptized my son, you delivered the most beautiful eulogy at my Mom's funeral. Your sermons were always well delivered and loved the opening jokes. You enjoyed your life and calling, loved that you lived life to the fullest. In gratitude and respect that you thought enough of your flock to continue to serve the parish of St John's in light of the decision to close it upon your retirement, you never abandoned them. May you continue to watch over them and welcome them home when their time has come. Give Mom a hug from us! Love and Blessings are yours now and forever.

MaryEllen Dixon & sons

Bill and Connie Elliott
   Posted Thu October 18, 2012
This poem by Ron Tranmer says it all.

We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to loose you, you did not go alone; for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

You will forever be in our hearts. Bill, Connie & Aunt Bea

Tim & Colleen Moylan Family
   Posted Fri October 19, 2012
Father Leo and Family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Karen Buckland
   Posted Sat October 20, 2012
Father Leo was not only our priest and pastor for 26 years, but also a dear friend. He presided at many of the religious events in the lives of our sons, and I will never forget how he surprised my family by concelebrating at the funeral Mass of my father in Liverpool many years ago. That was just a small part of the wonderful person he was. Although our sons are now grown and living elsewhere, and we have moved away too, we will always cherish our time spent with Father Leo. He lives on in so many beautiful memories.

Historical Association of Vienna, Judith Hoener Secretary
   Posted Wed October 24, 2012
We have lost another pillar in our community. Father Leo Wimett, the peoples'' priest. A spiritual leader to all who knew him. His warmth and love knew no boundaries. Forever in our hearts. Prayers and sympathy to his family.

Judith Hoener

Don and Kathy Jacuk
   Posted Mon November 05, 2012
In 1972, Father Wimett baptized our daughter and six months later helped us bury her. Although I have not seen him since that awful day I have always remembered his kindness and gentle compassion. I'm sure that God has asked this special child to help lead Father to his eternal reward.

Cecil Congleton
   Posted Thu November 08, 2012
I just found out today that I have lost the man who brought me into the Catholic Church. I will really miss him very. very much.. Him an Eilean McCann started my Catholic Life. I am a convert to the Catholic faith and I remember that wonderful day at St. John of North Bay. I can`t express enough how much I`m going to miss him. I know he is with the Lord now and Father Wimett is smiling down on all of us. He made the final journey home to his Heavenly Father, the place he always talked about. Father Wilmett, I will be thinking of you everyday and thanking my Heavenly Father for sending you to me. Bless You Father Wimett.

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