Dr. Fred Wier, a retired surgeon of more than 20 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday, leaving behind a community that loved him.
Gene Minton shed some light on his friend’s passing, who many knew as a kind and thoughtful man. Minton said Wier owned a business called Roanoke Valley Surgical Practice.
“Anybody who knows him always loved him,” he said. “He was just a really nice guy, a really great surgeon and a kind man. He really did a great job. He was just a friend when a friend needed him — that type thing, actually.”
Minton said Wier came to the area from Troy with his wife, Rhonda Walker Wier, and lived here raising three children. He said Wier was recently fully retired but was partially retired beforehand a year ago, giving his time to what was Halifax Regional Medical Center and now Vidant North Hospital. Minton said after finally retiring, Wier moved to Hickory.
Former Administrator of Vidant North Will Mahone said Wier was an extraordinary person and surgeon. Mahone said for more than 35 years, Wier quietly served the patients of the region with listening and great skill as a surgeon, being on call 24/7 and when his patients had emergencies.
“Dr. Wier was always available as were all the general surgeons,” he said. “Over the years, Dr. Wier served as Chief of Surgery, Chief of the Medical Staff and Board Member of the hospital. Everyone looked for his perspective on important issues knowing his thoughtful manner and pleasant smile would provide valuable input.
His exceptional care for his patients and families was typical of all rural physicians who are caring for family, friends and neighbors. Dr. Wier served his community and the region with kindness and commitment. We offer our prayers and thoughts for his wife and family at this difficult time.”
Minton said Wier was a top-notch surgeon and the nurses loved working with him. He always put his patients first.
“At one time he and one other surgeon were the only surgeons here,” he said. “So I think he was on call every other day and every other weekend for a good while, that type of thing. He gave a lot to the community based on stuff like that.”
Wier was also elected as a trustee on the Roanoke Rapids Graded School District’s Board of Trustees, serving several terms decades ago.
Minton said Wier loved to go out on the lake and travel when he was able to. He said Wier also had a passion for photography and loved his wife and family.
“We were pretty dadgum lucky to have that good of a surgeon here for so long,” he said about his longtime friend. “He was a great friend, a great surgeon, kind and patient. He worked very hard to make sure the patients of the hospital got medical care at the highest possible level.”
A service for Dr. Wier will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 at Fletcher Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1141 Howard Gap Road in Hendersonville. A memorial service for Dr. Wier will also be held in Roanoke Rapids at a future date to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vidant North Development Council, Vidant North Hospital, 250 Smith Church Road, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870. Donations should be made in the memory of Dr. Fred Wier, Department of Surgery.