November 27, 2020

Gary David Weisberg—1952-2016

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WEISBERG FAMILY

Gary David Weisberg—1952-2016

Gary Weisberg was married for 34 years to Amy Weisberg, a teacher at Topanga Elementary Charter School.

Gary Weisberg passed away on April 21, 2016, after complications from cancer. He passed way too young, but he lived an incredibly full life.

A true Angeleno, Gary encompassed everything the city and culture had to offer by immersing himself in nature, working in the music industry and loving the Dodgers.

He had an intense passion for music at an early age and got an exciting start to his music career touring as the drummer with Sherman Hayes at just 22, then went on to tour with the John Stewart band.

He was a true rock musician of the 1970s. He then spent several years as a session drummer in Los Angeles, playing on television shows at both Paramount and Sony Studios. He loved playing as the session drummer on “Mork & Mindy,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “9 to 5,” played on countless albums, and ran his own music management company.

In 1979, he met his soulmate, Amy Kassorla, and they began their life together. Gary and Amy were married on April 25, 1982. Their life together included the births of their three girls, traveling the world, and enjoying camping in the National Parks, especially his favorite, Yosemite.

Gary transitioned into a new career, following one of his other passions, cars. He worked in Finance for BMW for more than 20 years and was recognized internationally as the top Finance Director for several years.

He had most recently begun working for Porsche, something he had always wanted to do.

Gary had an intense love of nature, and cherished the National Parks, climbing Half Dome on his 50th birthday and enjoying countless camping trips both solo and with friends and family throughout the course of his life.

Gary is survived by his wife of 34 years, Amy Kassorla Weisberg; his three daughters, Kimberly Weisberg Rohrer, Nicole Weisberg and Danielle Weisberg; son-in-law William Rohrer; his future granddaughter; sister-in-law Nancy Erisman; and her partner Jimi Allbritten; cousins the Sattlers; sister Joanne Kravetz and her husband; Lauren and Ken Kaufman; a large and beloved extended family; and many friends.

The family asks that donations be made in Gary’s name to the National Parks Foundation at www.nationalparks.org.

REMEMBERING GARY WEISBERG

By Flavia Potenza


PHOTO BY FLAVIA POTENZA MESSENGER 2016

Gary David Weisberg—1952-2016

The family gathered around Nicole Weisberg (seated) as she read her tribute to her father. (l-r), Danielle Weisberg, son-in-law Will Rohrer, Kimberly Weisberg Rohrer and Amy Weisberg.

About 200 people gathered on Sunday, April 24, at the Topanga Community Club ball field to remember and honor the life of Gary Weisberg. They came with camp chairs and blankets to set out in front of the stage, where friends Gary used to play music with tuned up their guitars and people laid out bowls and platters of food on tables under the great oak tree. Strains of “Amazing Grace” reached across the ball field and into the mountains and guests quieted to share in the burden of sorrow borne by Gary’s family.

Cantor Michael Russ, called in at the last minute to officiate at the memorial, wasn’t sure what to expect. “This is unusual but so beautiful that there are so many here. It’s a tribute to Gary’s life,” he said, and read from Psalm 144:4 that began, “Our days are like a fleeting shadow....”

Russ continued: “We come together to share our sorrow. Memory is the particular grace of each human being that allows immortality. The pain of separation is softened by our memories.”

“There is no escape away from the pain I feel losing the love of my life,” said Amy, his wife of 34 years. “This was not the future I imagined. We had so many plans. We looked forward to being grandparents for the first time. I’ll miss seeing him excited to play the drums, having a partner who really listened to me and the tiny bits of life that we don’t cherish enough. I’m grateful that he’s not suffering, but my heart is broken.”

Kim, who is expecting a daughter, reflected on her father’s love of nature and said, “I’ll teach her the mysteries of the universe in his honor.”

Through tears and laughter, daughter Danielle, shared a list of memories of times spent with her dad, and Nicole played a tape of one of his favorite songs, “So I can hear his voice,” she said, and for those who didn’t know Gary, a picture of his life was revealed and revered.

Children ran up to Amy with pictures they had drawn, thanks to a booth set up by Kelly Rockwell, who has a son in her class.

“Many of you say you’re not religious,” said Russ. “I’m usually called upon to say a long eulogy but I think you’ve said it all.” Noting the children running around, he added, “This is life. This is really life,” and said the closing prayer. The musicians assembled and played while everyone repaired to tables laden with food and when they left with full stomachs, they also left with uplifted hearts that, while filled with sorrow, were comforted and grateful to be with one another to bring comfort to the family and honor a life well lived.