This poem was written when Bill lived in Brooklyn, and Rob in Connecticut. It was published in my first poetry book Beauty in the Weeds.The name Brother-Cousins came from my father, Salvatore Tortorici.
(c)copyright Bea Sheftel
Billy and Robbie are cousins, two states apart
Papa calls them brother-cousins who don't debate
or hesitate to be together when they can
for papa says these cousins share one heart.
The ones we love
Are never really gone.
In spirit and in memory
Their legacy lives on.
IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND
It only takes a second to say Good Morning,
It only takes a second to say Have a nice day,
It only takes a second to say How do you feel,
It only takes a second to say I'm sorry,
It only takes a second to say I love you,
And it only takes a second to say Thank you.
In our busy life we sometimes forget the important things.
Since my son's on timely death I have found that so many of
I want to thank each and every one of you that has been there
God has taken my love, my son, and has given me friendship
Lillian remembers Bill
LAURA, MY DAUGHTER, WAS GINA'S AGE AND BOBBY,
THEY WERE ALWAY CLOSE EVEN THOUGH THEY HAD SEPERATE FRIENDS
IT WAS VERY HARD FOR LAURA AND BOBBY TO DEAL WITH THE FACT
BILLY WAS ALWAY VERY GOOD TO ME. VERY HELPFUL AND VERY GENEROUS
HE WAS ALWAY VERY POLITE EVEN AS A LITTLE BOY.
WE WILL ALL MISS HIM VERY MUCH AND KNOW THAT HE IS IN A BETTER PLACE
A POEM PRAYER FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD
I'll lend you for a little while a child of mine, God said,
To which the mother did reply...
by Bea Sheftel
Birth is a beginning
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I'm Bill's Aunt Bea. I put this page together for all of us who loved him. He gave so much of himself to us we should never forget him.
GOD TOOK MY HAND
a POEM dedicated to the memory of Bill Radeska
Last night while I was trying to sleep,
There will always be an empty spot in my heart for my nephew Bill
Many times I thought of him more like a second son than a nephew
My son, Rob Sheftel and my nephew Bill Radeska
This was the original information I included when Bill moved to Connecticut from Brooklyn, NY.
Photos of Bill's nieces and nephew are at the bottom of this page.
Papa called Rob and Bill brother-cousins because they are so close.
They are a big part of why I'm writing my memoirs.
My book is a family history filled with lifestories I hoped Rob and Bill and their future children would read to their children.
When Rob and Bill were just kids I used to write the Adventures of Rob and Billy. Somehow in our moves from one home to another I misplaced those stories but I intend to either find them or rewrite them.
After Bill moved to Connecticut to be close to his brother-cousin, my son, Rob, I wrote this line: Papa and Nana must be rejoicing in heaven!
That line is now so poignant.
Nana and Papa rejoicing in heaven? I think they are because they adored Bill and now he is with them. Especially Nana. When she was sick he used to "Nana sit". Maybe Bill is teaching them the card game he taught me at my husband's retirement party.
Bill (William Michael Radeska)died in his sleep on May 10, 2003. It was a shock to all of us. We couldn't believe our beloved Bill was gone just when life was starting to be so wonderful for him.
The EMTs came but could not revive Bill.
I have to wonder why God took Bill so young but then God's ways are not ours. There is little comfort when someone so young dies, especially someone as wonderful Bill.
This page will contain anecdotes and memories of my nephew Bill. I invite his friends and family to contribute photos and stories. I'll upgrade as often as necessary.
I always used to say to Bill, "YOU ARE MY FAVORITE NEPHEW." He'd reply: "Aunt Bea, I'm your only nephew!" I'd counter: "If I had a million nephews you'd still be my favorite." On the flowers I sent to the wake the card read, "One in a million."
He will always have a special place in my heart until I meet him again in Heaven.
I loved him more than words can say.
My sister and I, well everyone in the family knew that Bill would help us if we needed it. He didn't have to say anything. He fixed some electric problems for me and was going to do some more before he died. He had the attitude if he could help you he would. We had no idea how many people he helped in his short life.
At the wake hundreds of people in their twenties and thirties came to pay tribute to Bill. Almost everyone had a story to tell of something he did to help them. Bill was the kind of guy who became your friend almost immediately. He looked tough on the outside but inside he was soft hearted. His friends loved him so much it was amazing and wonderful.
Bill was smart in a way that has nothing to do with school-education. He had a true entreprenurial spirit. It was that ability that let him manage his brother-in-law's heavy metal band. He also was filled with ideas for people to make money from a catering business he suggested, to a recycling business.
What does the Bible say about people like Bill? To paraphrase: When I was hungry you gave me food. When I was cold you gave me a coat. When I was homeless you gave me a home. That and more is what Bill did. His friends knew they could count on him no matter what and he never failed them or us.
For those who don't know, the last six years of Bill's life were filled with pain from the accident when he fell off the back of the garbage truck he was working on. He had been through something like 14 operations and many promises that each operation would make his leg better, and end the pain. The pain didn't go away. The pain meds made him groggy so he stopped taking them. He wanted to enjoy his life not live it in a perpetual fog.
Despite his physical problems he did enjoy life and lived it his way. He went to Atlantic City, and Las Vegas. He went on a cruise and other vacations. He put a lot of life into his 32 years, maybe more than people who live twice as long.
We will all miss Bill for the rest of our lives. There will always be a hole in our hearts which only he could fill. Yet hearing of all he did with his life lightened the sorrow. Bill was a unique man, a wonderful nephew, and a good friend. That is a great legacy. The people who loved him loved him completely. That's the kind of relationship he had because he wasn't a taker, but a giver.
The world was a better place because William Michael Radeska lived in it for 32 years.I just wish we had more time with him, my darling nephew Bill.
Bill's nephew Michael(Gina and Teddy's son) Bill adored his nieces and nephew.
It was his wish they move to Connecticut and get out of the city. Tiffany and Kimberly. Bill's two nieces.
Bill's nephew Michael(Gina and Teddy's son)
Bill adored his nieces and nephew.
It was his wish they move to Connecticut and get out of the city.
Tiffany and Kimberly. Bill's two nieces.