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. Brendan was our second child and was always a happy and playful boy. He faced challenges often bigger than his physical size, and he conquered them. He loved his family and was loyal to his friends. He tried his best and we are proud to call him our son. Sleep now, my big boy, till we can all be together again. We love you.

  2. Uncle Pat, Aunt Kathy, and Lauren I am extremely sorry for the pain you must be feeling. I love you all and would just like you to know that I am praying for you and am here if you need me.
    I only wish I could have known Brendan and Devin better. They are my cousins. I do remember visiting when you lived in New Jersey and playing around your house with Brendan, Devin, and Lauren. I remember when we played Pictionary together. That visit was a lot of fun. I love you all and will keep you in my heart!

  3. Dear Pat, Kathy & Lauren:

    We can not even begin to imagine the grief and sorrow you must be feeling. You have been in our thoughts and prayers from the moment we found out about Brendan.

    His brother must have needed him in heaven.

    Love Kris and Dennis

  4. I’ve finally also posted a Brendan Niemic Memorial album under our “Photos” section, which is well overdue. He will be truly missed by many people, including me. Personally, I found him to be an intelligent, articulate, inquisitive, confident, dedicated and friendly individual. We need more people like that in this world, not one less. What a loss.

  5. cameron says:

    I knew you when I was just a youngster, and we shared some great times on Ponderosa St. I’m sorry to see you go and you will be missed. I’ll be there with you one day, and we can grab a juice stop in heaven. Love you buddy.

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