Peter C. Rademacher, 63, of Attica passed away suddenly at his home on Friday April 28, 2017. He was born on September 19, 1953 in Buffalo to the late Francis and Millicent (Van Yserloo) Rademacher. He is also predeceased by his brother Mark Rademacher.
Peter Charles Rademacher, affectionately known as ‘Big Pete’ was the fourth of ten children and grew up in Wales Center, New York. Throughout his time at Iroquois High School he utilized his athletic prowess on both the wrestling and football teams before graduating in 1972. Post-graduation he decided to serve his country and proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After three years of honorable service Big Pete chose to separate from the Marine Corps and join his family construction business, Rademacher Brothers Inc. Although he enjoyed working with his family Pete felt a higher call to public service so he became a New York State Corrections Officer, where he would serve for the next 27 years until retiring out of the Attica Correctional Facility where he met some of his very best friends. For Big Pete, the single most important thing in life was family and it always began with Elaine, his wife of nearly 39 years. Duke, as he called her, was the love of his life, his best friend…his everything. Together they had two children, Amanda and Matthew Peter. Big Pete was at his absolute happiest when he was spending time with his grandchildren. By all accounts, he was immeasurably the world’s best Grampy and Pop-Pop. Pete took joy in hitting the open road on his Harley-Davidson, rooting for Buffalo’s Bills and Sabres, watching his daily dose of Fox News, wood-working, listening to classic rock while enjoying his cold beer and playing with Frankie, or his “sweetie” as he called her, his beloved dog.
He is survived by his loving wife; Elaine (Badding) Rademacher of Attica; children Amanda (Shannon) Wood of Crestview, FL., Matthew (Lee) Rademacher of Wyoming; siblings Francis (Cathie) Rademacher of Derby, Glen (Ruth) Rademacher of Omaha, NB., Paul (Mary) Rademacher of Orchard Park, Mary (George) Heltz of N. Java, Nancy (Trevor) Swan of Las Vegas, Jane Rademacher of East Aurora, Lynn Schrimmel of Elma and Karl (Brenda) Rademacher of Wales Center; grandchildren Mackenzie, Madeline, Logan and Wyatt along with many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday May 3, 2017 from 4:00-8:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Thursday May 4th at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery in Wales Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica Fire Dept. 11 Water St. in Attica. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.