A bright, shining star has left all of us too soon. Our hero, David Radowski, passed away on October 13, 2021, after a series of devastating strokes caused by an infection on his mechanical heart valve. As was characteristic of David, he put up the very good fight – reflecting his passion for love of family, friends and life itself. We are left behind to celebrate a life fully lived with so much yet to offer. It is on all of us to grab the baton from David and live each day with zest, wonder and an appreciation for life - just as David lived himself.
David graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in business, but also a dual major of enjoying the full college experience. Between grade school and high school, David built a base of true friends that he was able to take and grow with through college. Volleyball was a big part of David’s life from grade school on, but at Eau Claire specifically, it lead to great success both on and off the court. As the lead setter for the UWEC Men’s Club team, David’s role was strategically setting up his teammates for success. Those efforts lead to two trips to the national tournament, including the national semi-finals in 2007, with a great group of guys who depended on David to “set it up” for the kill shot. Those memories along with the best friends a guy could make in college stoked David’s commitment to cultivating and enriching relationships throughout his life.
Volleyball also played the defining role in meeting “the one,” Megan Weise. An accomplished volleyball player herself, Meg wooed a clueless David in volleyball class (gotta go for the easy A grade!). Meg put the time and effort in to catch David’s eye as he had no idea how to approach a girl. It was game, set, match with the only girl in David’s life (until their own daughters). David knew then, as well as now, that he had hit a home run.
Known by many of David’s friends, David was a true hip-hop musicologist. His depth of knowledge for all things hip-hop was astounding. If you asked about the group A Tribe Called Quest, you wouldn’t just learn about a random track, David would tell you how they formed, who they collaborated with, what acts they might have come from or influenced, etc. He loved every aspect of the production for the music and beats, and was wide ranging in his appreciation for all music genres.
With David’s volleyball history of setting up other teammates, it was only natural that his career evolved into helping others in the financial services arena. After establishing his credentials, he found his true calling as the Director of Financial Education with Spectrum Investment Advisors. David was committed to helping others establish the foundation necessary to meet their financial goals. Even in the days before David’s stroke and not feeling his best, he toughed it out and conducted a video webinar for retirement plan participants to help them prepare for retirement. It was all so consistent to who David was.
As fulfilling as David’s professional life was, his highest priority was his family. David and Meg’s marriage produced two awesome daughters, Rozi and Remi. David took great pleasure in getting down on the floor and constructing castles, playing bad guys, singing and dancing to Casper Babypants, and being the goofy Daddy that kids love to play with. He and Meg were the ultimate teammates, always supporting each other and establishing a great family life. David was a true friend to his sister Jenna – their relationship covered many shared experiences and inside jokes, often at their parents’ expense. David had a shared love of the moon with his Mom, Maryann, and could stay up very late at night with her offering one more hip-hop song that she just had to hear. David also begrudgingly came around to accepting he was more like his Dad, Steve, than he ever wanted to be, ultimately loving to create connections with a variety of people and “drinking the Kool-Aid” of financial readiness.
David was betrayed by his heart early in life with a defective heart valve. That lead to two heart surgeries over an eight-year period. David met each of those challenges head-on with Meg’s help, doing everything necessary to lead a healthy life. His commitment to living that healthy, disciplined life style makes the past six weeks so difficult to bear. David did everything humanly possible to take care of himself and his family.
David is survived by his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Roslyn and Remi. He is also survived by his parents, Steve and Maryann, sister Jenna (fiancée Dusty), mother-in-law and father in-law, Judy and Kevin Weise, sibling-in-law Sami Novaster (Chris Kruger), and brother-in-law Matt (Alyssa) Weise, as well as many relatives, friends and co-workers who have meant so much to David.
A celebration of the full life that David lived will take place at the Hubbard Park Lodge, 3565 N Morris Blvd., Shorewood, WI from 3:30 to 6:00 on Saturday, November 6.
I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her till at last she fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: "She is gone."
Gone from my sight that is all.
She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at the moment when someone at my side says,
"She is gone"
there are others who are watching her coming, and other voices take up a glad shout:
"There she comes!