TED C. WEILL
- WORLD WAR II VETERAN
- (FOUNDER) UNIVERSAL WEARPARTS, INC
- 1996 CANDIDATE FOR SENATE
- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (2008)
- MISSISSIPPI REFORM PARTY (FOUNDER/CHAIRMAN)
“Ted Weill was a huge asset to the Reform Party, both in Mississippi and nationally.
His determination and vision helped keep many of us moving forward when times were rough.
He will be sorely missed, but the legacy of his work in this organization lives on.”
CHAIRMAN (REFORM PARTY USA)
“I first met Ted at the Reform Party Convention in Dallas
where we were both running for the Reform Party nomination to be their
Presidential candidate. Ted truly believed in trying to do what was best for the country
and it is what had driven him to spend so much time, money and effort
on his campaign and in support of the Reform Party. Because of his drive, I agreed
that rather than run against him for the nomination, I would step aside and agreed to be
his running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.
I truly hope the Reform Party that Ted cared so much about will be
able to continue and grow without his strong support.”
(WEILL’S RUNNING MATE IN 2008)
REFORM PARTY NEWSLETTER 1/5/2010
In Memory of Ted Weill
It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Mr. Ted Weill of
Mississippi on November 20, 2009. Ted was a giant of a man, a
mentor, and a friend.
Ted was born in 1925 in Michigan. In World War II he defended our
nation, serving on the USS Pennsylvania. He earned four battle stars
during his enlistment.
But placing his life in the service of our nation during wartime was
not enough. Ted also served as president of the Walthall County
Chamber of Commerce, president of the Walthall County School Board, on
the Executive Council of Boy Scouts, and President of the Wathall
County Animal Rescue League.
In addition, he founded Universal Wearparts, which represented the
American ideal of a small business. He employed many people in
Mississippi and Louisiana, and he treated them not as ‘human
resources’ but as friends and family.
Not being satisfied with all this, he served as the backbone of the
Reform Party in Mississippi for over a decade, serving as State
Chairman, National Committee representative, National Convention
delegate, and in 2008 our candidate for President.
God bless you Ted. Without your steady hand and support, we would
not have weathered the recent years. Those are tough shoes to fill,
but we’ll try to make you proud.
When I was in better health, I was promoting the idea of third party types
abandoning the standard, over used Eagle and Eagle Head icon for Teddy Roosevelt,
the Bull Moose and ‘Theodore’ Bear symbols. I got a bunch of thrift store stuff
teddy bears, and put REFORM baby sized tee shirts on them. I mailed these samples
all over. Not one thank you telephone call, not one thank you card or letter, not
Except for Ted! His Mississippi group sent boxes and boxes of similar promotional items.
Right now one of the REFORM shower gloves hangs in my shower.
Ted Weill, a different breed of cat.
-Donald R. Lake,
former ‘publisher’ [Communications Committee Chair]
Reform Party California
I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Weill during the 2008 Convention in Dallas.
He actually bought me dinner and that Sunday a few of us had breakfast.
He was a great guy who truly would do anything to have the Reform Party get back on its feet.
This will sound corny, but every-time I work on Reform Party things and rebuild NJ I remember some of the intelligent and inspirational things that he said while I was in Texas.
Co-founder, Reform Party of New Jersey