Richard C. Weirich

Freeport, ME - Richard C. Weirich, 72, passed away in his home, Saturday, June 10th, 2017 in Freeport, Maine.   

Born August 23rd, 1944 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, he was a dedicated educator for 48 years until his retirement from South Portland High School in 2015. He earned his Degree of Doctor of Education in Science Education from the University of Maine at Orono and was a recipient of the 1987 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching.  

He was a devoted husband and father, beloved by his wife and two children. He found joy in gardening, reading, traveling, and surrounding himself with loved ones.   

He was predeceased by his father, Robert H. Weirich. He is survived by his mother, Eleanor Weirich of Palmyra, PA; his brother, Robert N. Weirich (Margaret) of Portage, MI; his sister, Elaine Weirich of State College, PA; his wife, Jane Weirich of Freeport, ME; and two children, Sarah Weirich of Columbia, MD, and Joshua Weirich of Baltimore, MD; as well as nieces, nephews, grandnephews, and in-laws.   

A private memorial ceremony will celebrate his life.



0 #7 Laurie Wood 2017-06-17 10:24
Oh, what a loss. I worked with Dick at South Portland High school for many years. It took me a little while to see that under his always placid demeanor there was a man with a warm and engaging sense of humor and a passion for his work. He was a truly lovely man. I was honored to know and work with him. My deepest condolence to his wife and family.
0 #6 Emma Dalton 2017-06-14 20:37
I had the immense pleasure of taking both Honors and AP Physics with Dr Weirich. He was a very engaging teacher, and we all looked forward to his lessons and stories, including the infamous "Ohio State Story." After Dr W's retirement, I got the opportunity to take over a physics teaching position at South Portland, and hope my students learn and are inspired by physics, as I was in his classes. My deepest condolences to his family.
0 #5 Kevin Farrell 2017-06-14 13:43
I would like to offer my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Richard was a good friend and colleague. I taught with Richard for 25 years. We shared an assigned duty everyday for 20 years. I remember our excitement over the birth of our daughters in 1991.. Richard was also my Physics teacher in 1969-1970. Will miss him. He taught a lot of students and he has a great legacy in education.
0 #4 Karen Tai Morency 2017-06-14 04:14
My children attended Freeport Schools with Josh and Sarah...when I first spotted Mr. Weirich...what a small world. I sometimes ran into him at Shaw's in Freeport and I would always ask him tough questions about being a teacher, how students and teachers and curriculum have evolved in the last 30 years since I took science and physics from him at Rumford High School. He would consider my questions with a whimsical smile, ponder a moment, and shed light and hope of the bright minds he was teaching...insp iring a new perspective that I did not possess before asking him. He changed my life with his few words. He spoke of Josh and Sarah with delight and pride, when I pried. He was getting accustomed to his retirement last I ran into him...I wonder if he knew how much his students lost when he retired, and now, with him gone. I will miss his casual manners that concealed his gentleness, kindness, and thoughtfulness. I wished I had asked him more questions. I am sorry for your loss.
0 #3 Lesli Pike 2017-06-13 18:15
Oh Sarah, I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. You are in my thoughts and may you find some comfort and peace in the wonderful memories you have made with your dad. With sincere sympathy and love,
0 #2 Josh Viola 2017-06-13 13:59
Dr. Weirich was my high school AP physics teacher and also my student teaching mentor. One of the best teachers and best people I've ever had the privilege of knowing. RIP
0 #1 Ralph Newell 2017-06-13 12:45
What a wonderful friend and colleague Dick was. I had the enormous good fortune to have taught with him for nearly 30 wonderful years. His sense of humor, wry wit, endless patience and infinite wisdom made him the best teacher I have ever witnessed or known.
In all those years I never heard Dick say an unkind word about anyone, student or adult. As a terrific human being, I'd say Dick gets an A+. I, and everyone who worked with him miss him terribly.

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