Whether you knew him as Bo, Rads, Pete or Peter, one thing is sure – Peter Radowick gave his all to every relationship.
As a down-to-earth guy with an easy smile and a zest for life, and a humble man with a deep, abiding love for friends and family, he collected as many nicknames as he did friends, inspiring a new one in most every circle he joined.
As Bo Radowick, he was a charismatic teen, a tough lineman who mentored younger students on the Ferndale High School football team. As Rads, he played college ball and served as catalyst to a band of brothers who became lifelong friends. As Dad, he was his kids’ biggest cheerleader and when they became adults, the ever-present voice of support. As a friend, he was an encourager and the glue that made sure friends stayed friends despite widening years and miles. And as a husband, his love, grace and dedication made a couple immeasurably stronger than two individuals could ever be.
Pete was a Renaissance man who pursued many interests. He liked golfing, cycling, walking, grilling, music, reading, dancing, doughnuts, Broadway musicals, horse racing, crossword puzzles, bakeries, prayer and people.
He was an eloquent and exacting writer who demonstrated his artistry not only in his profession but also in the heartfelt letters and everyday notes he wrote to friends and family.
It was easy to be friends with Pete. During his very full life, he left an impressionable mark on everyone he knew; and a soul like his will never leave us.
Peter Benedict Radowick was born in Highland Park, Michigan, on July 8, 1958, to Patrick and Sophie Radowick – the second of seven children. Growing up in Clawson, Oak Park and Ferndale, Michigan, Pete was a fun-loving kid who ran with a group of boys who have realized the bond they created so many years ago grew even stronger with time.
After graduating from Albion College, he covered sports at the Albion newspaper, but when the Beaumont Enterprise offered him a job over the phone, he was off to Texas. From Beaumont, he moved to Rosenberg, and worked on the sports copy desk at the Houston Post. He married Debra Sharpe in 1985, and they had two wonderful children, Megan and Cash.
In 1995, the Houston Post closed, and Pete went to work at the City of Houston Convention and Entertainment Facilities Department as communications manager. The group then became Houston First, where he worked as brand manager until his death.
In 2009, Pete married Barbara Henshaw, with whom he was well-yoked. They spent the next seven-plus years traveling, playing, working, cherishing friends and family, and growing in their faith and marriage.
Pete died unexpectedly on June 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Henshaw; his children, Megan Radowick and Cash Radowick; his mother, Sophie Radowick; his siblings, Anne Radowick, Dennis Radowick, Samuel Radowick, Hilary Radowick Callaghan and husband Kevin, Elizabeth Maier and husband Patrick, and Douglas Radowick; uncles and aunts Norman Radowick, Erwin and Sue Klopfer, Ulrike Klopfer, Bernd and Joy Klopfer, Ulrich and Sherry Klopfer, Goetz Klopfer and Maureen Pollock; cousins Jeffrey Nelson, Glenn Klopfer, Leslie Jakle, Greg Klopfer, Jakob Klopfer, Tina Catenacci and Sara Sheehan; and nephew Justin Bishop. He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Radowick; aunt Barbara Nutbrown; and cousin Ludwig Klopfer.
Pete will be remembered in a memorial service on Monday, June 19 at 10 a.m., at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Pete’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the Chapelwood Foundation (chapelwood.org) or a charity of your choice.