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Author Topic: Rest in Peace - Ben Weider - 02/01/23 - 10/17/08  (Read 17296 times)
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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2008, 11:33:30 AM »

wow (im late to know but im shocked)

Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, October 18, 2008
MONTREAL -- Ben Weider -- Canadian bodybuilder, businessman and internationally-renowned Napoleonic scholar and philanthropist -- died Friday at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal.

His death came six days before he was to inaugurate the permanent gallery housing his multi-million dollar Napoleon collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

He was 85.


'In my home, 200 people a year see the collection. If I give it to the museum, several thousand people will see it each week, and it will live on," Ben Weider said.
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Font:****Weider published several books on Napoleon and contended that the French emperor was poisoned in exile on St. Helena.

In his more than sixty years of involvement in bodybuilding, as Founding President of the International Federation of Body Builders (I.F.B.B.). Weider and his older brother Joe anticipated, then led, the worldwide fitness revolution and legitimized the sport of bodybuilding.

The I.F.B.B., founded by the Weiders in 1946, has 173 member national federations worldwide and sanctions thousands of amateur and professional competitive events.

"I don't know of anyone who, starting with nothing . . . did as much as he did," said his biographer, Mike Steere. "To do what he did, to accomplish what he did in face of poverty and prejudice, is nothing short of heroic."

Ben Weider was born in Montreal Feb. 1, 1923, to Jewish Polish immigrants. He and his brother Joe dropped out of grade school to support the family. He worked in garment sweatshops and restaurants before enlisting in the Canadian Army and serving during World War II.

Originally, Weider wanted to be an architect, but because he was Jewish he was denied entry-level positions in Montreal architecture firms. He worked with his brother Joe to put out a physique magazine and helped him operate his mail-order business in weightlifting equipment.

Weider became the promoter and producer of physique contests and travelled the world as an ambassador of bodybuilding, introducing the sport overseas and organizing new national federations of the I.F.B.B. In 1947, Joe moved to New Jersey, later moving the U.S. Weider enterprises to Southern California, while Ben remained in Montreal.

Weider is survived by his wife, Huguette Derouin, and their three sons Louis, Eric, and Mark.

His funeral will be held Monday afternoon at Papermans and Sons funeral home in Montreal.



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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2008, 11:35:28 AM »

(thanx Max or whoever moved this/i shoulda checked before i started a thread)

but i was so shocked!

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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2008, 11:39:06 AM »

RIP Ben
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« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2008, 11:45:30 AM »

IMO Joe and Ben ARE bodybuilding!

as a bodybuilder all you ever dream about is going to Joe Weiders office and signing that contract!
before Muscletech and all the rest there was only "Weiders"
wow this is a HUGE blow to bodybuilding (Joe and Ben loved the sport)



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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2008, 11:46:54 AM »

wow 


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« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2008, 11:49:08 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2008, 11:49:34 AM »

before Muscletech and all the rest there was only "Weiders"

if you don't include Hoffman and Raider, of course
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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2008, 11:49:39 AM »

Show some respect in this thread.


Mr. Weider was very much involved with what was happening in the industry and followed things online. I had the opportunity to meet him at the Olympia this year and it was an honor and privilege. He leaves behind a legacy.


Rest in Peace.



  No doubt Ben did a lot for the sport and will be missed.  Seriously though, never thought about it until now, but when Joe does pass away, is the sport in good hands?  Who takes over?
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« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2008, 11:55:09 AM »

if you don't include Hoffman and Raider, of course
 
true but they didn't turn into the Empire that Weider did (in the 80's and Early 90's Weider was IT)
without Ben and Joe there would be no modern bodybuilding as we know it!

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« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2008, 11:56:30 AM »

This post by Shawn Ray pretty much sums it up!
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GodFamily Speed brother Ben.
Thanks for the memories and opening the doors for many of us make a living to mak ea living off your hard work and opportunities for us to compete.
Condolences to the entire Weider Family and Establishment.
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« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2008, 12:22:31 PM »

From watching the O I would have thought Joe would have been the first to go.

P.I.P.
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« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2008, 12:25:50 PM »

PIP, Ben. No matter what you think of him, the Weiders made BB what it is today.
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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2008, 01:03:35 PM »

RIP

PIP, Ben. No matter what you think of him, the Weiders made BB what it is today.

I agree
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« Reply #38 on: October 18, 2008, 01:10:57 PM »

RIP.
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« Reply #39 on: October 18, 2008, 01:11:36 PM »

RIP Ben
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« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2008, 01:16:54 PM »

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« Reply #41 on: October 18, 2008, 01:20:55 PM »

Ben is now in the great gym upstairs

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« Reply #42 on: October 18, 2008, 01:36:06 PM »

http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=63ae90bb-3688-4e55-a957-a9294b3f96a2
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« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2008, 01:37:38 PM »

thanks for the newsflash, don't check the board or stickys for a thread about this already.
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« Reply #44 on: October 18, 2008, 01:38:00 PM »

no, it's revisionist history. 

Right - people are going to use this opportunity to attach all sorts of falsehoods to his life and if you call anything into question, you're the one that's labeled as 'disrespectful', etc. etc. 


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« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2008, 01:42:00 PM »

Right - people are going to use this opportunity to attach all sorts of falsehoods to his life and if you call anything into question, you're the one that's labeled as 'disrespectful', etc. etc. 




I have no problem with Ben Weider, seems like a good guy, RIP.  But it is funny how when someone dies you aren't supposed to say anything bad about them.  If I thought person A was a piece of shit asshole his whole life why would I change my opinion because he is dead?
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« Reply #46 on: October 18, 2008, 01:44:12 PM »

Poor guy didn't live to see his dream of bodybuilding in the Olympics  Embarrassed
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« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2008, 01:54:40 PM »

PIP.
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« Reply #48 on: October 18, 2008, 01:57:36 PM »

Sad news. R.I.P.
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« Reply #49 on: October 18, 2008, 02:07:32 PM »

wow he seemed fine at the olympia, joe seemed to be in bad shape Undecided

rest in peace

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