In Celebration of Radkin's Life
1945 - 2012
linger in our hearts.
Ann B. Day
at the Celebration of Radkin’s Life
and Balloon Launch
A Celebration of Radkin's Life was held on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 at 2 pm on Shelburne Point (where Radkin lived). The day was breezy, hot (90 degrees) and absolutely beautiful. Definitely a day Radkin would have loved.
This was a very informal event, and all those present celebrated Radkin's life with stories and songs. It was clear by the number of friends attending just how loved Radkin was.
He later worked for decades as the caretaker of the Jackson family property on Shelburne Point, beginning in the late 1970’s. He also worked for NRG in Hinesburg, and later worked assembling parts for windmills for NRG from his home . He lived a minimalistic, vegetarian lifestyle which was consistent with his concern for the planet.
Born Richard Burgess on April 5, 1945 in Greenfield, MA, he was the son of the late Arthur E. and Anne (Beagarie) Burgess. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1964, and later legally changed his name to just Radkin.
Radkin could frequently be seen riding his horse or mowing hay on the Point in the summer. He was well known in the area for his free spirit, his wit, his eccentricities, and his passion for many causes. He had a musician’s soul, and thoroughly enjoyed playing the piano and guitar.
In his earlier years, Radkin lived and worked at the Mad River ski area until 1978 at which time he moved to Shelburne, where he then worked at the Shelburne Shipyard.
He moved from Shelburne to Alburgh, where he purchased property in 2003.
The people whose lives were enriched by having known Radkin will miss him. And because he died a tragic and untimely death I hope this site gives some comfort to those of us who cared for and miss him.
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We will never forget you, Radkin!
Betty Marcher, Site Creator & Moderator