Brendan Ryan Niemic

Brendan Ryan Niemic

April 07, 1984 - November 28, 2008

Brendan Ryan Niemic

April 07, 1984 - November 28, 2008


Brendan Ryan Niemic

Brendan was born April 7, 1984 in Turnersville, New Jersey. He had an older brother, Devin Niemic, who passed away in June, 2006; and a younger sister Lauren Niemic who attends college and works here in Orange County. He was always big for his age and looked older than he was. He was always excited over food, loved cooking and was passionate about food his whole life. Brendan spent his early years in New Jersey and enjoyed spending summers in the Jersey Shore resort city of Ocean City, NJ. He was a good swimmer and loved to boogie board in the high surf. He even learned to scuba from his uncle Denny, a professional diver. He loved the winter and the snow.

Brendan moved to Mission Viejo, California in the summer of 1993 at 9 years old when his dad was transferred to Tustin. He attended Monte Video Elementary and then Trabuco High School. While at Trabuco he played football as both an offensive and defensive lineman. Here his great size helped him earn the nickname of the ‘tree’, because when you ran into him it was like hitting a tree.

He did not want to pursue college, enjoying working more with his hands instead. He loved snow boarding in the California mountains and became skilled at it. He was good at building things and dabbled in construction for a period of time. When he turned 18 he received a substantial amount of money from an auto accident trust. He decided to use the money frivolously, fell in with the wrong people, and, like so many young people, developed a drug addiction problem.

Brendan was in three different re-hab centers over a 3 year period, falling off the wagon again and again. Finally he entered Cornerstone in Tustin, CA where he really accepted his problem and worked to release himself from his addiction. He left Cornerstone after months of training, working and proving to himself, his family and friends that he was clean and sober. He worked in a popular sandwich shop and became the shift manager. He then worked at a large chemical company driving forklifts and mastered a complex chemical mixing procedure.

Brendan remained addiction free, did not drink and attended AA meetings. In December he would have picked up his 4 year chip awarded for 4 years of sobriety. Often his size would intimidate people, he was 6’8′ and 380 pounds and had lots of tattoos. Truth is he was a gentle giant, avoided confrontation and had a huge, giving heart, sharing everything with his friends. He always wanted to move to Alaska or Montana and live in the cold, snowy, mountain air, finding the heat of California just too much. In the past year he had studied paranormal science and involved himself with a group of well respected professionals of national recognition. It was a new passion which he embraced and loved. He lived with his parents and sister in Mission Viejo till he died on November 28, 2008. ‘Ar dheis Dè go raibh a anam’

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15 responses to Brendan Ryan Niemic

  1. Ace Apepe says:

    Dear Patrick, Kathy & Lauren,

    I just want to give my heartfelt condolences to your family. I was only introduced briefly to Brendan in September in Lompoc and got to hang out with him one time in Redlands last month. Even though I just met him two times, he came off as one of the nicest persons I ever met. My girlfriend and I got along with him really well and I was really looking forward to visiting him in the OC. I was extremely down when I heard the news so I know how much of an important impact he is to everybody around him.

  2. Dear Niemic Family:
    We were so sad to hear of Brendan’s passing and really enjoyed working with him. He had a very kind heart and touched all those who knew him. Brendan had a wonderful smile and always took the time to listen, which is such a gift. Please know that we are here for you if there is anything we can do.
    Cheryl & Frances from DMC

  3. Dear Patrict and Kathy,
    My heart is brokern for his parents. I loved Brendon for he knew me as his Uncle John. I wish I could be with you both and can only say that no one knows the heart ache you are going through. You still have a family with Laren, treasure her.
    Your Friend for ever. Mac

  4. I am the Chaplain from Orange County Fire who came out to be with the family the night Brendan died. My heart goes out to all who were touched by his life. My prayers are with you and from what I here Brendan recieved Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and, because of this is in heaven.

    Love and prayers,

    Pastor Brett

  5. Brendan was a blessed soul, full of life and enthusiasm unmatched by anyone that I’ve ever met. In just a short period of time, I found that his compassion, generosity and, above all, his heart far exceeded his gigantic stature. These are the memories I will keep with me always… We love you big guy.

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