Louis Weider

February 12, 1932 to June 26, 2016


After a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, Santa Barbara resident Louis Weider passed away peacefully on June 26th with his wife Bernice at his side. Lou was born in Los Angeles on February 12, 1932.  He attended college at the University of California Berkeley, where he first met and subsequently married Bernice. He began his career as a CPA and relocated his young family to Los Angeles in 1959. While living in Los Angeles, he started his own real estate investment business. After raising four children, he and Bernice moved to Santa Barbara where he was an active member, and generous supporter of the local Jewish community. In addition to Bernice, his wife of 64 years, Lou is survived by his four children, Deni, Lori, Daryl and Larry, as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


Lou, who was the only son of a grocery store owner from Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, was the first member of his family to attend college. He embodied the American spirit, working odd jobs to put himself through college. He was a "self-made" man who owned and managed numerous real estate projects. Despite his strong work ethic, he had an easygoing and warm personality which earned him the admiration of everyone he met.  In both actions and words, he was a wonderful role model to all who knew him. Most of all, Lou was a loving and devoted husband and father. He loved his wife Bernice beyond measure. May his memory be a blessing.

Published by Santa Barbara News-Press from Jul. 10 to Jul. 14, 2016.
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Irene and I send our condolences to the family on Lou's passing. I had the privilege to serve on the VBS Executive Committee with Lou in the mid 1990's. Lou was articulate, informed, warm, smart and a stalwart on the Committee. I recall that even after the move to Santa Barbara, Lou continued to attend Board meetings by driving back and forth to attend them. I always enjoyed working with him.

May you be comforted.

Richard Burstein
July 11, 2016
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