Saturday, March 23, 2013, Mr. Joe Weider was summoned to Heaven.
I am crying now because of my own selfishness and sadness knowing that in body Joe will no longer be a part of my life. But at the same time, I have tears of joy because I realize what a long and incredibly fulfilling life he had. Joe's life was filled with many spectacular events and accomplishments, and was bursting with love and devotion from his family, friends, and fans. There is not a man in our world today who has so positively touched the hearts and lives of so many people. He will continue to improve lives through his writings and teachings for eternity.
I was one of the fortunate few lucky enough to have actual one-on-one, up-close-and-personal moments with Joe. For each of those moments, I feel so blessed. He was the Trainer of Champions, but his lessons went far beyond the physical. He taught all of us athletes how to be true champions—both inside and out. For that I am blessed because I have modeled my life to reinforce his teachings.
Joe Weider, Cory Everson, Ben Weider, and Bev Francis, 1987 Ms. Olympia
He taught me that to give a helping hand to a person in need, or a quick smile, or even a simple "hello" could be a life changing moment for that individual. He judged no one, but honored all. He treated everyone with equal respect—whether it was a bus boy, or the President of the United States. He wanted everyone to succeed. He would give anyone the shirt off his back if it was needed.
I remember when he told me that success comes in many sizes and shapes. He also said that the richest, smartest, or most beautiful people are not the happiest or most successful. Instead, it is the person whose heart is always open and available to come to the aid of another.
Mr. Weider was there for me, no matter if he was helping me to make an important decision, or just there to hold my hand when I needed some gentle, fatherly advice. I can honestly say that am a better person for having known him. I will miss him immensely.
I will not say good-bye, but instead I will say thank you Joe, for letting me be a part of your family. You will always be a part of mine. I love you.
God bless you. Now it is time to get all the angels into shape!
See you in my prayers.