ForeverMissed
This memorial website is a lasting memory of Rick Weida. Please share personal stories and add photos/videos to cherish his memory.
Posted by Kirsten Mincy on February 22, 2021
I met Rick through his brother Craig over 30 years ago. While he wasn't around as much as the other Weida boys, I always enjoyed his visits. Rick was smart, witty, sometimes sarcastic (in the best way, much like the other Weida boys) but he was always friendly and kind. He would often come sit next to me while I was watching TV, and ask me how my day went or about the classes I was taking in college. He liked to share his opinion and we had some very interesting discussions on a variety of subjects. He also loved to tell me how to cook, which he new annoyed me, and usually ended up with me splashing him with water from the sink. He'd walk away laughing but I noticed he always came back for a second helping.

My heart is breaking for Marilee, Dave, Brad, and Craig. They are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope Rick is at peace now, and that Marilee and the boys find comfort in the words of love and support from those who knew him. I'm sending my love to them all. ~Kirsten
Posted by Steven Powell on February 22, 2021
I first met Rick in the mid 90’s by way of my friendships with Brad and Dave. The first thing I noticed in conversation was how personable and bright Rick was and I always enjoyed our conversations. Rick was a gentleman so personable that the first conversation we ever had was comfortable and familiar as if we’d known each other for years and the last time i saw Rick (last year) that hadn’t changed. I’m glad to have known you Rick, you are appreciated for the light you brought and you are missed. I believe you’re smiling enjoying yourself where ever you are. ✨
Posted by Scott Blum on February 21, 2021
I will miss my good friend Rick Weida - one of the most talented people that I have ever known. I grew up with Rick when I was lucky enough to be part of a group of guys in Lanai Road school. 

Rick was a great athlete. He had one of the best jump shots I have ever seen - a real thing of beauty. Of all of our friends, he was probably the most gifted, natural athlete. 

And he was good looking. The girls always loved Rick. He didn't have to try to get their attention like some of the rest of us, and just had a natural charm. 

And he was a great artist. I remember Rick drawing the covers of GoodBye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic when he was really young, I think before Portola. And he did it perfectly. He was truly gifted at drawing. 

Music: Rick loved Tom Petty. Every time he got in my car, he had his cassette, and it was Tom Petty all the time and no matter where we went we listened to Petty. I was also a big music fan and came to be a big fan of Petty, whom Rick discovered before anyone else.

Rick loved his car - the Cougar. We had some great times in that car I will always remember.

Most important, Rick was one of the sweetest nicest guys. Even though he had all these amazing qualities, he was always low key, nice, never full of himself, just a good guy and a good friend. Maybe he got that from his Mom, who was one of the nicest Moms of our friends. He always had the best intentions for his friends all the time 100% and was a very good friend. 

I will miss him.
Posted by Rachel Allen on February 21, 2021
Its hard to imagine a world without one of the Weida boys in it. Rick was my cousin. I looked up to him and his brothers so much growing up. Our mothers are sisters and growing up my life was much different than theirs. I am also much younger than most of them, Craig and I are closest in age. The brothers led fast LA LIVES. I grew up in a lazy northern beach town where nothing ever happens.
But I remember Rick how much my Aunt loved him and all her boys. She would brag about their accomplishments and rightly so. I looked up to Rick as the oldest and always thought he was so handsome which he was. Because of Ricks struggles I wasn't as close with him as the other boys becusse he wasn't around as much, but all my memories of him are cherished and he will be greatly mIssed.
Posted by Ali T. on February 21, 2021
I met Rick about 17 years ago through his brother Craig. Although Rick was a private person, he always made me feel welcome and would go out of his way to come and say hello to me anytime I would visit the family. I think every time I walked into their house, he would walk down the stairs and ask me what I thought about the Lakers season so far, and what I thought the chances of them winning the championship were that year.

I knew him to be kind and always doing his best to care for their mother Marilee. Being the eldest son, he did his best to be there to support her and look after the home they shared. I also had the chance to get to know his longtime girlfriend Laura, who he seemed happiest spending time with.

I’m going to miss you Rick. You always made me feel like I was part of the Weida Family.
Posted by Mike Hennesy on February 20, 2021
I’m truly heartbroken at the loss of Rick Weida. Rick was a big part of my childhood. We spent a lot of time together growing up and he was such a fun guy to be around. From our Palm Springs adventures to our many double dates, to just driving around for hours listening to our favorite music, he was there for so many memories that I will always cherish.

Along with his great looks, Rick was a multi-talent. He was smart. He was an incredible athlete, and a tremendous artist. He even had a great voice. Seemed like there was nothing he couldn’t do.

My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to his entire family, especially his dear mom who was always a pillar of strength and his three wonderful brothers who cared about him deeply.

You will be greatly missed...
Rest in Peace my friend.

-Mike
Posted by Robert fox on February 20, 2021
I'm heartbroken at the thought of losing my dear friend Rick. From 3rd grade into our 40's, we shared so much good life together-- from the playground at lanai road, school, the bowling and basketball teams, then to Brentwood school (Rick somehow got a basketball scholarship in Junior High School!), we got our first jobs together (construction in Brentwood), we got our driver's licenses together (on the same day, in the same car), we chased and commiserated over girls, we shared our families and our dreams, we leaned on each other and learned from each other, we got into trouble together, all the time, but we always had each other's backs. We really talked and we always had fun. My past is unimaginable and unrecognizable without him in it. I will always cherish those memories, and I'm only sorry I won't be able to make new memories. Sending so much love to Mrs. Weida and Rick's 3 brothers. They were an inseparable beautiful unit growing up, the four of them, loyal and loving to each other. Regardless of any hardships they had, they always showed up to everything, smiles on their faces, happy and positive. I always admired how hard Mrs. Weida worked to make their lives so good, and I'm so sorry for their loss. I'll miss you, Rick.

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Posted by Kirsten Mincy on February 22, 2021
I met Rick through his brother Craig over 30 years ago. While he wasn't around as much as the other Weida boys, I always enjoyed his visits. Rick was smart, witty, sometimes sarcastic (in the best way, much like the other Weida boys) but he was always friendly and kind. He would often come sit next to me while I was watching TV, and ask me how my day went or about the classes I was taking in college. He liked to share his opinion and we had some very interesting discussions on a variety of subjects. He also loved to tell me how to cook, which he new annoyed me, and usually ended up with me splashing him with water from the sink. He'd walk away laughing but I noticed he always came back for a second helping.

My heart is breaking for Marilee, Dave, Brad, and Craig. They are all in my thoughts and prayers. I hope Rick is at peace now, and that Marilee and the boys find comfort in the words of love and support from those who knew him. I'm sending my love to them all. ~Kirsten
Posted by Steven Powell on February 22, 2021
I first met Rick in the mid 90’s by way of my friendships with Brad and Dave. The first thing I noticed in conversation was how personable and bright Rick was and I always enjoyed our conversations. Rick was a gentleman so personable that the first conversation we ever had was comfortable and familiar as if we’d known each other for years and the last time i saw Rick (last year) that hadn’t changed. I’m glad to have known you Rick, you are appreciated for the light you brought and you are missed. I believe you’re smiling enjoying yourself where ever you are. ✨
Posted by Scott Blum on February 21, 2021
I will miss my good friend Rick Weida - one of the most talented people that I have ever known. I grew up with Rick when I was lucky enough to be part of a group of guys in Lanai Road school. 

Rick was a great athlete. He had one of the best jump shots I have ever seen - a real thing of beauty. Of all of our friends, he was probably the most gifted, natural athlete. 

And he was good looking. The girls always loved Rick. He didn't have to try to get their attention like some of the rest of us, and just had a natural charm. 

And he was a great artist. I remember Rick drawing the covers of GoodBye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic when he was really young, I think before Portola. And he did it perfectly. He was truly gifted at drawing. 

Music: Rick loved Tom Petty. Every time he got in my car, he had his cassette, and it was Tom Petty all the time and no matter where we went we listened to Petty. I was also a big music fan and came to be a big fan of Petty, whom Rick discovered before anyone else.

Rick loved his car - the Cougar. We had some great times in that car I will always remember.

Most important, Rick was one of the sweetest nicest guys. Even though he had all these amazing qualities, he was always low key, nice, never full of himself, just a good guy and a good friend. Maybe he got that from his Mom, who was one of the nicest Moms of our friends. He always had the best intentions for his friends all the time 100% and was a very good friend. 

I will miss him.
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OBITUARY

Frederick "Rick" Edmund Weida
July 1, 1963  -  January 31, 2021
Frederick “Rick” Edmund Weida passed away on January 31, 2021 at home in Lake Balboa, CA. Rick was born on July 1, 1963 in Oakland, California to George A. F. Weida and Marilee Weida. The family settled in the San Fernando Valley, a Los Angeles suburb, where he attended Lanai Road Elementary, Portola Junior High, and Birmingham High School. Sports were a big part of his life and he excelled in baseball and basketball. He was a starting forward for the Birmingham Patriots (then Braves) Varsity Basketball team from 1978-81. After studying at the University of Southern California (USC), he went on to a career in management.
Rick struggled with substance abuse addiction for most of his adult life, but he successfully confronted numerous challenges along the way. He was a beloved mentor to many young people in recovery who reached out to him for support and guidance. Connecting with others brought him happiness and he will be remembered for his insight, his genuineness, his smile, and the spark he brought to every room he entered. 
Rick was an animal lover and his greatest joy was spending time at the beach or at local parks with his beloved dog, Maggie. He is survived by his mother Marilee Weida, whom he lovingly cared for until his untimely passing; younger brothers David James Weida, George Bradley Weida, and Craig Miller Weida; Sister-in-law Tristen Greenleaf Weida; nephews Jake and Brayton; and longtime friend and companion, Laura D’Aniello.
A Celebration of Life will be held for immediate family and close friends. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations on Rick’s behalf may be sent to Golden Years Dog Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization located in Sylmar, CA providing senior dogs a last loving home.
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My Big Brother

Shared by David Weida on February 21, 2021
As early as I can remember, my big brother Rick was a great athlete, making All-Stars in both baseball and basketball. I looked up to him and had to work hard to achieve the same success and to make him proud. Sports were a big part of our family, with some of our greatest times spent at Encino Little League and at school gyms.

All of those years of looking up to Rick culminated in an amazing time when the both of us were starting players on the Birmingham HS Varsity Basketball team. Coach O'Hara now had two Weidas to deal with! I used to joke if I had Rick's first step, I would have been in the NBA, instead of playing overseas. Love and miss you Rick!

Music and Mulholland Drive!

Shared by Brad Weida on February 18, 2021
One of my fondest memories of Rick was hanging out as teenagers drinking beers and listening to music at Look-Out Points on Mulholland Drive. I was only 13 or 14 when we first started listening to music together. Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner seem to come to mind most, as well as a particular song that he listened to after a break-up with his High School Girlfriend was Rod Stewart’s “The First Cut Is The Deepest”. I really enjoyed our talks about women and sports. Good Times!

The Weida Boys

Shared by Craig Weida on February 21, 2021
The things I learned growing up with three brothers are such an integral part of who I am today. My father wasn’t around much when I was younger, so my older brothers were the men of the house. The examples they set, both good and bad, prepared me for the world. I grew up fast because of them, maybe too fast at times, but I knew Rick and the other boys always had my back. Rick’s passing has been tough for me to come to terms with as it has always been the four Weida Boys. We even had embroidered WEIDA baseball caps with our birth number on the back.

Rick’s addiction problem was hard on our family and I had a strained relationship with him at times. This was probably because we were more alike than either of us would care to admit, but we never stopped loving each other. As I was going through pics to include on this memorial website, I came across an old school project I did in the 2nd grade that mentions Rick. He was my Big Bro, and I wanted to be just like him.