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A Young Patient Remembers A Special Doctor

One of hundreds or thousands of kids who have grown up with annual well-checks and cold visits to the busy practice of Kaplan & Widelitz says farewell.

This week I heard that my main doctor’s assistant doctor, Dr. Widelitz, died. I was very sad when I found out about this. I will miss him very much and I hope he rests peacefully.

He treated all those sick kids for almost 40 years and made the sun shine even brighter when he smiled and told them that everything was going to be alright.

He was an amazing doctor and everyone in the office enjoyed having him around, and I saw him earlier this summer. Now I won’t ever see him again. It won’t be the same without him for me or any of us who knew Dr. Widelitz, but we can still remember him, honor him and keep him in our hearts forever.

My name is Ben Zelas, I’m 12 years old, and I will remember Dr.Widelitz for the rest of my life.

Ben Zelas is a Belmont Shore student and patient of Dr. Robert Kaplan, who was seen nearly as often by partner J who passed away at age 66.

Nancy Wride (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 04:25 AM
This piece about a special doctor is by a very special writer I know.
Maura Hudson August 10, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Great job, Ben...you wrote a very nice story. Dr. Widelitz was my 7-year-old daughter's doctor, and was her first visitor in the hospital upon birth besides family. He's held our hand through some challenging times and we sure do miss him.
Jeffrey K Seitelman August 10, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Fabulous writing, Ben. Dr. Widelitz was, along with Bob Kaplan, my son's Pediatrician. A kind, compassionate, professional, very bright and caring. He will be missed.

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