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Browns family gathers for Bryan Wiedmeier's memorial service


Family members, Browns employees and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were among those who gathered Friday for the memorial service of Bryan Wiedmeier, the longtime NFL executive who passed away earlier this month at the age of 57.

The service was held Friday morning at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Bay Village. A funeral was held earlier this week in Miami Lakes, Florida, where Wiedmeier spent the bulk of his 35 years in the NFL.

Goodell, who also visited with Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam and team employees during his time in Cleveland, was joined by NFL Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke.

Wiedmeier was a veteran of 35 NFL seasons, 29 with the Dolphins and six with the Browns. He served in a myriad of roles during his tenure with the teams, including Dolphins President and Chief Operating Officer. An executive vice president with the Browns, Wiedmeier played a pivotal role in the team's long-term planning and was instrumental in the team's $125 million renovation project at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Wiedmeier, at the age of 54, was diagnosed with Stage Four brain cancer in Oct. 2012. Given 15 months to live, Wiedmeier made it nearly four years.

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