A Tribute to our Dad:
E.G. Radovich, Ed, Dad, Papa Ed, Big Ed, and Mr. R, was the rock of our family. He sacrificed so much of himself to give us a happy life. Dad was always there for us and many others, as well.
A hardworking man with a meticulous work ethic, he encompassed the American Dream and was an anomaly who built his own successful business at age 60.
Born in Arlington on September 3, 1928 to the late George P. and Andjulina (Fazo) Radovich, he was raised in Somerville and attended Ringe Tech High School. He immediately entered the Army Air Force after graduation. Dad loved being an Airman and was proud to have served his country.
Upon returning to the United States, Dad attended Boston University and acquired a Bachelor's degree in Business Management, but even more paramount, he met the love of his life, Susan Grace Kinsella who became his beloved wife of sixty-four years. Ed and Sue married in 1957 and within the following six years had four children. Aside from being a wonderful husband and father, Dad took care of many and did so with joy in his heart. He was constantly volunteering, coached Little League, donated supplies to our schools, and gave his time to causes of importance to him and his family.
One of his most heartfelt priorities was being able to comfort disabled military veterans with holiday parties. With the help of his family and friends, Dad provided food, entertainment and gifts to this overlooked group of veterans.
Big Ed wore many hats throughout his life— he was an American Legionnaire, a co-operative for Don Bosco Tech, active in the Knights of Columbus, an avid member of the Braintree Men's Club, and of course, a loyal and devoted Red Sox fan. He was recognized for his service by the Archdiocese of Boston when he received the Cheverus Award. Our Dad was the epitome of class and a quintessential gentleman. He modeled chivalry, compassion and grace to all who knew him. He was a brilliant man who came from humble beginnings, yet remained humble throughout his life. Even as his stature in the community grew, he was never too busy to help someone in need, or too proud to acknowledge a kind gesture sent his way.
Dad is survived by his beloved wife, Susan G. (Kinsella) Radovich; his children, E. Brian Radovich of Norwood, Susanne M. Liebich (Karl) of Concord, Caroline T. Wargo of Phoenix, Arizona, and Alan G. Radovich (Belinda) of Abington; his grandchildren, Anna and Sam Liebich, Carly and Adrien Radovich, and Georgia and Edward Wargo.
He was also a brother of the late Anthony, Mary, Evelyn, and William Radovich.
Family and friends will honor and remember Ed's life by gathering for calling hours in the Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20) Waltham, on Sunday, September 19th from 3 to 5 p.m. followed by his funeral service at 5 p.m. Burial will take place privately.
Those wishing to view Ed's funeral service may do so by clicking on this link on Sunday evening at 5 p.m.: https://my.gather.app/remember/edward-radovich
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or to the Gary Sinise Foundation.