Miklos Antal Radics
Miklos Antal Radics, 75, of Southbury and Newtown, as well as Beverly, Mass., died peacefully on Wednesday, October 5, in Danvers, Mass. Born on September 8, 1945, in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Anna and Laszlo Radics, Miklos — known by many as “Mike” — grew up and was educated in Budapest.
During his childhood, he enjoyed spending time on his grandfather’s farm and especially loved playing with the dogs his grandfather bred. As a young man, Mike served a term in the Hungarian army and then attended a culinary school where he acquired formal training in cooking and restaurant service. He then joined the Hungarian Merchant Marines in order to travel and see the world. His time in the Merchant Marines left him with many stories of international adventures with which he often entertained family and friends.
Mike immigrated to the United States in 1972, became a citizen, and worked in the restaurant business, as well as running a wine and spirits shop in Newtown with his wife, Maria. Later, he worked as an institutional cook for the State of Connecticut (Fairfield Hills Hospital and Southbury Training School), where he consistently made efforts to improve the quality of the food for the residents at the facilities he served, often providing ingredients from his own gardens and pantry.
Mike was a gifted gardener and shared his harvest with many. He was known for his generosity of spirit and for always offering to lend a hand to friend and stranger alike. Mike loved to cook with Maria, and they enjoyed preparing meals together for family and friends. He was even known to cook for his four-legged family members, with whom he shared a special relationship. Mike was also an enthusiastic soccer and hockey fan and had a passion for following politics.
He is survived by his mother, Anna, of Budapest, Hungary; his wife of 47 years, Maria; his stepdaughter Belinda Recio and her husband, Edwin R. Blomquist, Jr, of South Hamilton, Mass.; his stepdaughter Marta Knudsen and her husband Matthew Knudsen, of Santa Monica, Calif.; and his stepdaughter Rebeca Scott, and two step-grandsons, Griffin and Aidan Scott, of Oak Park, Calif.
Due to the pandemic, no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers MA 01923; 978-774-7566.
Notes to the family may be sent c/o Belinda Recio, PO Box 2478, South Hamilton MA 01982.