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    Metairie, LA
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Rick Fenn "Rockout Rick" 1960 - 2011
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Rick,

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.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
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
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
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
Monday, August 08, 2011
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.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
You will always be with me. I love and miss you so very much.

Donna Marie
Monday, August 01, 2011
We meet when I was only 15 and you were one of my protectors all through my high school years. Even though the years have passed and I am now almost 50, the memories are still vivid in my mind. Especially the brown Duster that provide many wild rides. Even thou we did not get to see much of each other through the years, the bond of family was forever intrenched in us in those early years of our lives. The thing that will comfort me is that we had reconnect just recently (i believe it was God's way of letting us have that last moment together). My heart still aches with pain but I believe you are now somewhere peaceful hanging out with my mom I am sure. She was waiting for you to come home to her where she will watch over you until the rest of us join you. I will miss you my dear friend and brother. Your DPO Sister. Lori and Mama Joyce know you are always close to my heart. No matter the years or miles that keep us apart.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
My sincerest condolences to the family of my dear friend Rick - it was good to see everyone at the memorial and Coach's afterward. We will miss Rick more than words can ever express. Godspeed Rick!! May God bless you all. Hugs~Shelly
Friday, July 29, 2011
Rick, you were the first to smile. You were the first to laugh and make a joke so others could join in with you. Your joy was contagious and there will always be a void without you here. Hope you got the answer to all those "mysteries" when you got to Heaven.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Rick, Thank You for being my friend. Thank You for all your help when that guy was such a jerk to me years ago - I still see you leaping over the bar at Obies and chasing him out into the parking lot! You are forever my Big Brother Angel for that. My facebook will never be the same without your "pokes". I love ya man and I Miss You. Thank You for being You - my life is enriched for having the honor of knowing you these past 20-ish years. Thank You.
It's Forever "Shot-Thirty" this 'donia is for you!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I have been blessed to have had you in my life for 34 years. I will miss your loyalty, your sense of humor, and your true friendship. Never will I forget you...untill we meet again...Love you! April Marie
Friday, July 29, 2011
R.I.P. Rick!!!! I feel so lucky to have had u as our friend!! I will miss your messages..u always put a smile n my face!! Love you Rick!!

Karen and Jake Dinger
Thursday, July 28, 2011
You will be missed by the Colombel's and this dart season is dedicated to you my brother.
Robert
Thursday, July 28, 2011
You are already missed.
Eddie and Gwen
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Rick my friend. You always knew what to say to make someones day. No matter what you had going on you lent a hand or an ear, you will be loved and missed always!! NOt to mention knew how to rock the jams!! Keep on Rock n Rollin all night and parting all day!!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Thanks for the good times.You will truly be missed. RIP bro.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
So sorry to the family of Rock out Rick..Such a nice guy & great D.J. We'll miss you at Coach's Corner.
Valerie & George Walker
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Rest in peace Rockout Rick. You were a great man and will be missed by many.
With deepest sympathy
James Coleman and Crystal Hooter
Thursday, July 28, 2011
we will miss not seeing Rick across the street as we have for so long-- he was a good neighbor and good person--our deepest condolence to you,Miss Joyce and family-- Your Neighbors,Kyle,Arlene,Hans
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Dear Joyce, My heart goes out to you. I didn't know Rick very well. Suffice that he is your son. It is such a painful journey that you never quite get over. Little by little you will begin remembering the joyful times you had with Rick and the pain will become more bearable. I hope you will allow yourself to grieve and get as much support as you need. There are many support groups out there with people like you and me to help you go through the process. You are not alone. Rick and Gary are in a better place and not suffering any more. It is just us who miss them who now feel the pain. Do take care. I am sorry that I cannot be there for you now. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as is Rick. Edie
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Joyce - you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God lift you and hold you during this time.

Phyllis Hinton; Cindy & Ken Guillory
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Rick was someone who touched your heart, made you laugh, and could never be forgotten. My condolences to the family and friends he loved so well.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
To my friend...Miss you
Thursday, July 28, 2011
To my friend...Miss you, the laughter, the shoulder that I leaned on... many times over the years, the stories, breakfast at shoney's, the dawgpound, and of course.... "the black Plague"! Whilst we are sad, Heaven now is a jubulous place! So drink up buttercup.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Every time I seen Rick,he always made me laugh.R.I.P. BUDDY.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Will miss you! RIP Rick Beth Arnold (Kenner, LA)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Rick was a great big teddy bear, who knew how to have a good time and always, always made people laugh. I have known Rick for almost 20 years and he has always been a good friend and a blast to hang out with. You will be deeply missed My friend!!!!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Rick man I miss you. He was a great, wonderful, kind friend to me. I leaned on him when I sad and he changed my sadness into laughter just by a few words or music. I will truly miss him everyday. He and I texted each other at least 3 to 4x a week just to chat or say hey how ya doin' and the Saint's game's I'd ask for his prediction for each game. When I wasn't out, he'd text me and say "where r u." I know he cared so much & always said he loved me just because and I loved him back. I never got to meet his mom Ms. Joyce but I know he truly loved his mom. He had a great heart for everyone. If anyone payed attention while he was DJ'n, he smiled & watch us all have a good time & act silly. He loved people and we loved him back. I don't know how my life will be without him but he will be alive in my heart especially when I hear music. My prayers and thoughts go out to his mom Ms. Joyce and his family through this difficult time. Rick man you are the best and I will miss my Rock. May peace be with his family and friends in the time of healing. RIP Rick, see you in heaven when I get there & save me a "professional." Love you.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
My sincerest sympathies to all of the family. Rick was a remarkable person and loved by many. He will always live on in our hearts and memories.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I'm sorry I can not be there to pay my last respects. Rick was a great guy with a big heart. He will be missed.

Jim DeSantis
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I hate that I didn't get to hug you before you left and I am sorry that I cannot be there to send you off and celebrate your life with everybody but I will cherish our friendship forever. You were and always will be my "Ricky"! You always made me feel special and you were a great friend. I remember when I was moving to Memphis in 1994 and you and Leslie got on stage and sang She's got a ticket to ride for me the night before I left. Even now when I hear that song, it puts the biggest smile on my face, just as it did all those years ago! That's just the type of friend you were. Always making people smile with your kindness. I will never forget you and will love you ALWAYS!!! Rest in peace my dear friend....And as always MUAH!!!!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rick you were a good friend back in the days of Airline Park where we first met. Your humor made us all laugh many, many times. I truly wish we would of had an opportunity for all of us to get together again. We were a close group of friends who eventually went our separate ways but have always held our friendships close to our hearts. The memories I/We have of you are dear to us. We will forever miss you Cuz. P.E.S.T. forever.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Sorry I will not be in NOLA to honor Rick's awesome life. He always had a big smile or sometimes, a big smerk on his face :) I pray that his family finds peace with his passing, he will be missed my many. I am sure it will be standing room only tomorrow since Rick was loved by soooo many people and so many people will be there to celebrate his life.

Cheers Rick! Lots of love, Kitty
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
A great man was taken from our lives. While his voice may have been silenced, Rick will always live in our hearts. He always knew what to say and when to say it. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with his family and all of us who loved him so. May God be with you all during this very difficult time.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rest in peace Rick!!!!!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
we lost a great guy we will never forget his friendship and the good times when we were all together miss you and love you rest in peace my friend
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rick-

You are one of the kindest and good hearted souls I have ever know. You always knew how to cheer me and make people feel special. Your kind words and laughter you created will be sadly missed. I pray for you and your family during this time, but I know you are in the presence of His love. God rest your soul!
Many lives that were touched by you will always hold you in our hearts.

You will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Vicky
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
http://www.ruthann1.com
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rick, you were like a big brother to everyone including myself. You were my favorite bartender at OBies,and again at coachs. It didn't matter what kind of mood you were in, if you saw me walk in and others for that matter, you knew what song to play for us. Fridays will never be the same at coachs, you are missed my brother. I hope you rockin the heavens gates loose and saying cheers to all who enters with a shot of black plague. R.I.P. my friend, you are truly missed.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
We lost a wonderful person with a beautiful soul. I am grateful for our 20 years of friendship. You will live on in my heart forever. We will remember you through music and laughter. Rest in peace my friend, we love you and miss you very much.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I've known Rick for 21 years, he was a wonderful guy and will be missed very much. Rest in peace my friend!!!
Angie and family
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Memories are forever. Big Rick will always be forever in all our hearts! Taken from all way too soon! Music will always be left in our ears from you Big Rick. Love Shirley
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
You will always be in our hearts and prayers, gone too soon Rick, gone too soon...the memories though will last forever.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
There are no words to describe how much I loved this man. My heart and prayers go out to his family and everyone that was affected by this tragedy. Rest in peace my friend. There will be a piece of my heart that will be yours forever.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
There are no words that can ever express how much I loved this man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to everyone that has been affected by this tragedy. Rest in peace my friend. There will be a part of my heart that will be yours forever!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I didnt know Rick and im really sorry on the terms we did meet. Ive been learning what a great person he was to others. An how much one mans life can effect many others. The life i live has just begun, but forever changed.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Miss Joyce and the rest of the wonderful family and friends that Rick loved so much, my sincerest sympathies. I wish I was there to celebrate this wonderful man's life with all of you. Love you Rick
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
With Deepest Sympathy and many prayers,
In the short time I knew Rick (5+yrs), I was able to see why he was such a great friend to many and how big his heart was with caring and kindness. I met Rick, through Tony. (Tony and Rick were friends for over 20+yrs). Rick was there for all of us no matter what time day or night, no matter the situation. He will be missed. My sincerest condolences to Ms. Joyce and Family.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The best friend anyone could have ever asked for. Rest In Peace my Brother.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Rick was a best friend to all who got to know him. I was lucky enough to be one of those friends and I have to say the world was a better place with him in it. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. My prayers to his mother Joyce for he loved you most of all.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Rick's family and friends. I have known Rick since my college days and he was a wonderful person. He was my big "teddy bear" who always had a hug and a smile for me when I saw him. May God comfort you at this time and give you peace in the knowledge that you will reunite with Rick in the future.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Truly the best friend anyone could ever ask for. "Rest In Peace my Brother".
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Joyce and family, I pray that your cherished memories and God's love will sustain you. My sincerest condolences for your loss.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
With Deepest Sympathy,
Rick was a great friend and touched so many lives.
He will truly be missed
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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