In Memoriam — Richard Weiss
January 28, 2014

Richard David Weiss, 52, of Tampa, FL, loving husband of Lisa Kassak Weiss, died January 28, 2014, of complications from Cystic Fibrosis.

Richard lived an extraordinary life, loved sports cars, the beach, and reportedly threw the best parties as the pledge chairman of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha, when he was at Stetson University, graduating in 1983. However, he will be most remembered for his rapier wit, kindness and indomitable spirit. He was driven, optimistic, caring and giving.

Richard's volunteer work with English Springer Rescue America gave him immense happiness and fulfillment. Keppie, his dearly loved adopted Springer Spaniel, was his pride and joy and the apple of his eye who brought comfort to him and Lisa throughout his life. His death leaves a hole in the lives of all who knew and loved him.

When news of Richard's passing became known among friends and ESRA volunteers, many heartfelt reactions — some posted below — underscore the wonderful man Richard was known to be.

“Richard was an inspiration to all who knew him. ESRA has lost a wonderful advocate. The world has lost a great soul and I have lost the best friend a girl could ever ask for.” SZ

“My heart aches that our bucket list will never have ’meeting in person’ crossed off but I feel like we've been good friends forever.” SBE

“Richard made us laugh, made us think — although no one could be as quick-witted as he — and he taught us to care. He will forever be missed. ” NLVS

“Heaven will certainly be enriched by Richard's arrival. He was an amazing man.” BW

“A true friend to many, Richard will remain in the hearts of all he touched. ” RP

“I was honored to meet Richard and was blown away by his humor and strong spirit. He will be missed sorely and remembered fondly. ” KM

“Richard was always so fascinating, entertaining, caring and warm. He will be missed by many. ” PK

“I hope all dogs at the Rainbow Bridge were waiting for him, making him feel at home and loved. ” CP

Richard holds a special place in the Cystic Fibrosis community, having coined the incurable disease's nickname when he was only four years old. He had overheard his mother's many phone calls soliciting donations for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and thought that she was saying “65 Roses.” The phrase caught on and now children with CF often use the nickname “65 Roses” to refer to their disease since it is easier to pronounce.

To honor Richard's love of Springer Spaniels and his passion for living his life despite the challenges of his illness, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in celebration of Richard's remarkable life be made to ESRA or to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

If you would like too make a donation to ESRA in Richard's memory, click here for our secure online process or instructions for mailing a check.

Sherri Ash Richard will be missed!
Dan and Tamela Brown Richard was a good man. Thank you for supporting my sis Nancy. God bless.
Trouchen Oran In memory of Richard Weiss, a true gentlemen.
Carol Sanderson
Linda Lintz Richard touched my life and was such a dear dear friend. I miss him so much already.
Clark and Glenda Barlow Richard was a wonderful, giving man who will be missed by everyone who knew him. It was an honor to be his Friend!
The Schechters
Kimberli Cummings
Hyde Park Veterinary Clinic A gift to help with the care of rescued Springers in memory of Richard David Weiss
Nancy and William Schmiedecke
Brian Johnson
William and Elizabeth Fink In memory of Richard Weiss and in honor of Delores Strong's 84th birthday!