IN MEMORIAM: Bill Wipfler ‘55


The Rev. Canon William L. Wipfler, Class of 1955, of West Seneca, NY, died October 3, 2018.

Born May 19, 1931, Wipfler was the former Director of the Caribbean and Latin American Department of the National Council of Churches (NCC) (1968-1977), the Director of the Human Rights Office of the National Council of Churches (1977-1988) and an Episcopal Priest who served many parishes in the United States as well as a missionary in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.  During his 25-year career with the NCC, Wipfler was a leader in a nationwide effort to denounce repression and torture in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and Central America. He was a faithful and outspoken critic of the U.S. government’s Latin American policies during the past 30 years. For his tireless work as an advocate of Human Rights, General awarded Wipfler an Honorary Doctorate in 2008.

Wipfler’s life and ministry was featured in a video series by Fr. Joseph Mulligan, SJ. The video series can serve as an introduction to the Church in Latin America and its participation in struggles of solidarity, justice, and peace. To access the playlist for the series of eight videos click here. 

He was the loving husband of Pauline (nee Papperman); dearest father of John (Valerie S. Libby), Ann (Wesley) Van De Water, Sarah (William) Pictor, and Mark (Charis); beloved grandfather of Ash, Michaela, Vanessa, Isaac, Scott, Mark, Ben, Geoff, David,
Jillian, Kimberly and Olivia; and greatgrandfather of eight great-grandsons;
dear brother of the late Edwin Wipfler and the late Jeanie Faddis; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A RemembranceGathering was held on Friday,November 2nd, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, East Aurora, N.Y., followed by a Requiem Mass on Saturday, November 3rd.