My claim to fame was knowing Rick Fenn since 1974 when he and I were new transplants into East Jefferson HS. We were basically loners among the hundreds of others who had developed friendships from grade and middle school. Needless to say, as the new kids without a clique to include ourselves in, we bonded in what I feel has been a lifelong adventure of endless friendship. Hanging with Rick and his free-spirited personality opened doors for me to meet and befriend others who he had encountered and introduced me to. Soon, an ever expanding circle of friends allowed me to feel less introverted and more alive in my new surroundings. I smiled when I read a previous posting recalling his Duster as it was that same four wheeled rust bucket that we would roll around the streets of Metairie to shake off the curse of teenage boredom. We'd all gather at the apartment on Giuffrias and joke around with his Mom and Lori before heading out to only God knows where and share the times together like only really great friends do. Buddy, Steve, Mario and the rest of the Airline Park crew are just a few of the remarkable friends that I was introduced to by Rick's generosity. Bill, Roger, Terry can add themselves to the list of teen friends that share a great place in my aging mind as well. Sadly, whether it would be a change of job schedules, short leashes by demanding girlfriends, or a change of location that takes us further away from the friendship trail, we all began to float in different friend pools and would encounter one another less frequently. We used to hang at Obie's when it was still a one room hole in the wall years before Rick ruled the roost. Needless to say, I wasn't a bit surprised when I passed through its doors one night to find my friend of many years with a swarm of wide-eyed worshippers listening intently to his words of wisdom as if they were coming from the mouth of Christ himself. Rick was a magnetic character. By that I mean he attracted all varieties of people and would befriend some that others might actually shun. Rick wasn't always a big guy. But I suppose that his body had to expand to make room for his ever growing heart. Besides his joking manner and his way of making every life he touched that much more enjoyable...it's his loving heart that I will miss the most. I'm sad to learn of his untimely passing nearly six months after the fact. Truth is, I was just mentally reminiscing of happier times in my life and decided to Google search the names of friends that had influenced that. I'm truly sorry that I was no longer living in the area so as to attend any of the gatherings that reflected on the life and times of this great friend to all. But just reading the slew of postings on this site has caused me to feel that much more blessed to know Rick. To quote a popular song phrase..."I knew Jesus before he was a Superstar." May God be with you my Brother.
I'm gonna miss you my brother, Paul & I would come to Obie's on weekends / weeknights and you would make us the Black Plague or the Blue Valium shot. Man was that the drink to rock your world. Look down on us and send us a smile & laugh when you can. We love you & will miss you deeply.
Hey big brother we only met once and talked on the phone a few times but that did'nt change the fact that I was still your baby sister and that i loved you I can see by all the pictures that there was so many people who loved and thought the world of you I can see that you well be sorely missed by them all Lori Joyce losing Rick was a huge hit to take I well be keeping you guys in my prayers always
Rick,It was really great knowing you!!You were the best bartender at obies had so much fun talking and joking and sometimes closing the bar with ya! Thanks for the memories you will surely be missed!! R.I.P. Love ya Michael and Rachelle
Rick you have been in my life since I was born. We just said a few weeks ago that we had at least 20 more years of dealing with each other. I remember that I told you I would always be happy to put up with you. We were kidding around, but I never thought that we wouldn't get the chance to grow old together. Thanks for showing my sister that a man, other than her father, can love her unconditionally. My heart aches. We miss you so much.