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Radu Thomas Radu, 93, of Columbus, Ohio, died on Thursday, August 7, 2014. He was born to the late Nicholas and Elizabeth Radu on July 29, 1921, in Cleveland, Ohio. Thomas graduated from Newark High School. He married Eunice Eileen Ulrich on Aug. 20, 1941, in Jacksonville, Florida, shortly before his first overseas assignment in the US Navy. Enlisting in 1941, Thomas proudly served his country throughout WWII, primarily aboard the USS Rockaway, a destroyer/seaplane tender that saw action in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 1945. Thomas and Eunice made their home first in Newark, then later Columbus, Ohio. Over the next five decades, he built a formidable career in the construction industry, rising from carpenter's apprentice to Vice President of Construction Services for the Vantage Corporation. In the late 90's, Tom was coaxed out of retirement to oversee the renovation of Pirate City, the Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Facility in Bradenton, Florida. His professional reputation was eclipsed only by his stature as a man of faith, honor, and family. A member of the Christian Apostolic Church in Newark, Ohio, Tom's life reflected his profound dedication to our Lord Jesus Christ. He was a lifelong Mason of the York Rites. His humility, integrity, wisdom, and compassion could fill a book of virtues, well-attested by those who called him father, friend, or mentor. He is preceded in Our Lord's Peace by his loving wife Eunice and his daughter Melanie, his brothers Simon, John, and Amos, and sisters Valeria and Helen. He is survived by his sister, Mary Hart; daughter, Marsha; sons, Thomas U. and Gavin; as well as grandchildren, Larry Thompson, Rachel Lindsay, and Tara Radu; and two great-granddaughters, Kiara and Kaleyah Lindsay. The funeral is open to family and close friends, and will be held on Monday, August 11, at 12Noon at the BRUCKER-KISHLER FUNERAL HOME, 985 N. 21st Street, Newark, Ohio. The graveside military service is open to the public, and will be held at 2:30 p.m. on the same day at the Cedar Hill Cemetery at 275 N. Cedar Street, also in Newark. Flowers may be sent to the Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, or donations may be made to Mount Carmel Hospice, 1144 Dublin Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43215, or online at www.mountcarmelfoundation.org.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 9, 2014
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