Dr. Willie B. Newman of Sanford never...

Dr. Willie B. Newman of Sanford never lost desire to learn, hel...

There are 63 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Dr. Willie B. Newman of Sanford never lost desire to learn, hel.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Dr. Willie B. Newman couldn't make it to Seminole Community College when he was honored earlier this month during a Heritage Jubilee.

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Mary Ann Sanford

Austin, TX

#1 Jan 17, 2008
Central Florida has lost one fantastic doctor and humanitarian. It is rare that you find such a caring doctor. Over the years I have heard such amazing stories about this man, to the point where he is a legend among his patients and the babies he delivered. I credit him with saving my grandson and daughter's lives. He was truly a hero to many families and will be missed and forever remembered by the lives he touched. We need more people in this world who are as dedicated and caring as Dr. Willie B.
My sincere condolences to his family, I sincerely grieve with them in their loss.


#2 Jan 17, 2008
We have lost a good man,DR and all out great person...There will never be another one like him...He will sadly be missed by all....My sincere condolences to his family, we all sincerely grieve with them in their loss.
Yolande Baker

Kissimmee, FL

#3 Jan 17, 2008
I first met Dr. Newman 21 years ago. I was 18, pregnant and scared. Dr. Newman's compassion and gentle words helped me thru a very difficult time in my life. I am sincerely saddened by the loss of such a great man. My condolences to his family.
John S Chapman


#4 Jan 17, 2008
Dr. Newman was a truly great man,But was never any better in his own mind that each and every person he met. I met him a month or so before he went into private practice about 23 years ago. My wife was a high risk pregnancy going thru the clinic in Sanford. Dr. Newman told her he was leaving the clinic for private practice and she was to come be his paitent, "don't worry about the money" he said I want to take care of you. and that he did. I had the privlege of being able to do service work for Dr. Newman at his Office and homes over the years and whenever I was at his office he would see me and take time from his busy schedule just to say HI and chat for a few minutes.
Dr. Willie B....will be sorley missed. I am glad my life was touched by knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with His family.
Melissa Tompkins

Allen, TX

#5 Jan 17, 2008
There has never been a more caring Dr. than Dr. Willie B. He truely had compassion and understanding for all his patients. He will be deeply missed by all. My deepest sympathy to he family. He truely was a wonderful human being.

Titusville, FL

#6 Jan 17, 2008
I first met Dr. Newman 23 years ago when I was pregnant at 16 yrs old. He never looked down on me or belittled me. He always talked to me about education and the importance of doing something with my life. He helped me through that pregnancy. In 1995 I again saw Dr. Newman when I was pregnant with my twins they were born 8 weeks early and I believe they would not have been as healthy as they were without his expertise! I have gone to college and received a degree and have never forgotten his compassion and words of wisdom! He will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful doctor and awesome person! I am sorry there are not more doctors out there that are as dedicated and as kind as he was. We are all blessed to have known him!
I will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers!
forever grateful

Maryville, TN

#7 Jan 17, 2008
Dr. Willie delivered our last 3 children. We are eternally indebted to him. He always made you feel that he had all the time in the world to answer your questions and reassure you. He was skillful and had that extraordinary mix of skill, knowledge,and genuine compassion. He inspired confidence and trust in medical professionals. He took time to actually get to know his patients.....all qualities that are sorely missed in today's health care landscape.

He saw us through a devastating miscarriage and saved the life of our son who was born with a life-threatening disease. He would even visit us at Arnold Palmer to offer encouragement and support.

He has left an indelible mark in so many ways and made a difference for countless expecting moms. The world is a much better place because of Dr. Willie Newman. Godspeed Dr. Willie. Thank you!

May his family find comfort in their memories, strength in their faith. And may they carry on his legacy. Our sincerest sympathies.
Shannon Mitchell

Clearwater, FL

#8 Jan 17, 2008
I wish this story had also mentioned his personal courage at being one of the only obstetricians in Florida who was brave enough to sign off for homebirth midwives and for VBAC's. We will miss him and I hope that other OB's will honor his courage and commitment by stepping up to the plate and into his shoes.

United States

#9 Jan 18, 2008
What an amazing doctor and human being! Dr. Newman delivered all 3 of my girls via c-section. He was extremely caring and comforting. I would often brag to my friends that Dr. Newman would make you feel like you were his only patient on the day of your appointment. He would sit and patiently answer all of your questions. He was not the type of doctor to address your concerns as he was walking out the door. He took time to make you feel important. I will truly miss this wonderful doctor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

United States

#10 Jan 18, 2008
Dr. Newman was one of a kind. He took care of me through many procedures and delivered my daughter. He always took the time to see how your life was going. He genuinely cared about each patient as we all were his personal friends. I had still been seeing him even while he was sick and he remained so positive. Always taking time to encourage me and I tried to do the same for him. He will be greatly missed in our community and medical field. My condoloences to his wife and family as I know he will be missed.

Longwood, FL

#11 Jan 18, 2008
Dr. Newman was one a kind. He was so caring and giving. He delivered two of my three children. He was getting his law degree when my last child was born. God always takes the good ones first. You will be missed Dr. Newman.
Bobby aka Bernard

Orlando, FL

#12 Jan 18, 2008
I remember Dr. Newman growing up in the Goldsboro area of Sanford. He was a few years older than myself, but wore a nice big afro. He was always a smart young man and we saw his potential growing up. He truly made the Goldsboro area proud of who and what he became!
He will be greatly missed.
My condolences to the family.
Bobby (Bernard)
jamie williams

United States

#13 Jan 18, 2008
I will miss you dr.newman,you were a sweet man to my mom and get help bring my beauitful boy into this world and for that you will always be in my prays
Rebecca Holborn

Lakeland, FL

#14 Jan 18, 2008
Dr. Newman was my real life "patch adams". i am having tears run down my cheeks, and the screen is very blurry right now. I am so sad to hear about him passing away. Dr. Newman saved my life, and the life of my daughter through a traumatic labor/delivery. i will never ever forget how kind, caring, and wonderful he was to me throughout my whole pregnancy. he was definately a gift from God, and I will never ever forget him. I will always compare every Dr. I met to Dr. Newman.
Dacia Ferrell

Orlando, FL

#15 Jan 18, 2008
Dr. Newman was a smart, wonderful man. He deliverd two of my kids and was my doctor for my last two but he became ill I'm sorry we wasn't able to share that together Dr. Newman guess what it was TWINS. I can see you loving to tell me that.You will be greatly missed.Love Dacia and Family
Brian Collins

Kingsport, TN

#16 Jan 19, 2008
This incredible man saved my wife's life 10 years ago when we had no money and no insurance. He never charged us a dime when he found out our circumstances. He truly was an angel on this earth. Thank you Dr. Newman.
Dawn Johsnon

United States

#17 Jan 19, 2008
I am so saddened by the news of Dr. Newmans passing. He was an exceptional person and Doctor. He saved my life also and I will never forget his wonderful personality, humor,wisdom and skills.
I will pray for his family.
Shirley of Sanford

Orlando, FL

#18 Jan 20, 2008
I first met Dr. Newman when he was a gynecologist at the clinic on Park Avenue in Sanford. When he decided to begin his own private practice, I happily followed him because I knew he was the best.

Dr. Newman has been my only gynecologist for many years. I am saddened by his passing. I have built many years of confidence and trust in his practice. I am lost at the thought of finding another gynecologist.

Dr. Newman's smile and personality were very lively. I remember how he was just as interested in my health as my personal interests. One quote from Dr. Newman I will continue to hold dear was, "Champ, always keep a positive attitude."

He and his loved ones are in my prayers.
Under the Lemon Tree

Orlando, FL

#19 Jan 20, 2008
I have heard that from more than a few people. I am not a religious person but it almost seems God has called this man home.
Brian Collins wrote:
This incredible man saved my wife's life 10 years ago when we had no money and no insurance. He never charged us a dime when he found out our circumstances. He truly was an angel on this earth. Thank you Dr. Newman.
Joanne Bernasco

Orlando, FL

#20 Jan 21, 2008
Dr. Newman was the most intelligent person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I am a transcriptionist and I was lucky enough to do my internshipt for Dr. Newman and I learner more in those few months from Dr. Newman than I did in school. He was so helpful, knowledgable, willing to help at any time. I loved him so much. He delivered 2 of my nephews and numerous children of my friends.

I was extremely saddened to hear of Dr. Newman's death. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues and actually anyone he came into contact with.

I pray for healing for his family as they go through this extremely difficult time. I know he is in a better place and we will all see him again someday.

I am truly sorry for your loss.

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