Richard P. Weiss



Richard P. Weiss (AKA: Daddy, Poppy, Big Rich, Uncle Richie, The heat-miser) of Philadelphia, PA died at the age of 90 1/2 October 31, 2022. Beloved and devoted father of Debbie (Lee) Yogel, Cindy (Marc Fisher) Weiss-Fisher and Jody Weiss-Pencek. Dear brother of Ruth (the late Donald) Greenstein, and Dr. Robert (Dorothy-Jo) Weiss. His number one love was being Poppy to his 6 adoring grandchildren, Jenna (fiancé Vinnie), Evan, Luke, Josh, Julia, and Audrey. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, and great nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nephews. Richard was born in Newark, NJ and was a graduate of Weequahic High school, entered the Army in 1953 and found his calling in the restaurant industry while working as a mess hall chef. He moved to Philadelphia and was in the restaurant business for many years, for the last 20+ years of his career in the bread industry and was fondly known by family and friends as the “Breadman”.

He was incredibly independent and had a wide circle of friends who had to listen to many stories about his daughters and grandchildren at the morning coffee and bagel meet ups and Monday night Kennedy House dinner club. He was a great storyteller, captivating those within ear shot, with tales of his childhood, restaurant history and bread sales. He is always described as a “One of Kind” guy who was kindhearted, nonjudgmental, and generous. A great kibitzer with everyone. He never forgot a birthday and was very particular about the birthday cards and checks he sent to his daughters, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews down to his great-greats! He was an avid sports fan and loved to talk sports with his brother Bobby in Texas. While the Philadelphia teams became ‘his teams’ – he had to revert to the Brooklyn (LA) Dodgers when they played the Phillies – often there were “coffee bets” with friends on those games. This gave him great joy.

Richie fought hard these last 6 weeks but lost his battle to sepsis, his girls with him. Richard’s compassion and kindheartedness will stay with those who knew him long after he has departed. His favorite expression was “I am not a wealthy man, but my life is very rich”. Relatives and friends are invited Sunday, November 6, 2022, beginning 9:30 am to PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 2001 Berlin Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ where funeral services will begin promptly at 10:00 am. The service will also be live streamed on plattmemorial.com. Friends and family are invited to the home of Debbie and Lee Yogel following services. Contributions may be made to Deborah Heart and Lung Center at https://demanddeborah.org/ , or to any other charity whose main purpose is to make the world a better place.



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