This memorial site was created to help us share in joy of my fatherís life and grief of his passing.  Remembering one of his lessons to me from the carton quote, ďGood grief Charlie BrownĒ  Ö. make your grief go well.

 Many of us have great stories and writings about Pete, please share them with us all here. 

 I was inspired to create this site from my college friendís  Peter, Sue Kim, and Christine Hanson Memorial Web Site, ironically near the mark of their 9/11 tragedy.

My dad, Sonya and I made a special trip up to Pete Hansonís wedding in Connecticut.  Along the way, in my truck we toured my fatherís old neighborhoods in Bridgeport and he shared experiences driving along with his father, Peter Felix Zawadzki on his delivery truck route as a kid.  Here on the internet, an intersection of Peteís on our own pathways.




Sep 12, 2004 at 10:24:13

William (Bill) Lloyd (cpcs3 at aloha.net)



Aloha Pete,::


Sep 12, 2004 at 15:03:04

Don Blumberg



I have thought of Pete regularly and often for many years. His fine art depicting Stoney Run Stream on the wall next to me is a happy reminder of his free life in art, on the street and among the people. He was a friend and I will miss him. Don


Sep 12, 2004 at 21:58:51

Kun Sun Sweeley (ksweeley1985 at yahoo.com)



I knew Pete for a while because I became friends with his daughter, Sonya. I give my condolences out to the family. I knew Pete for quite some time, I think I first met him in 1999 when I first met Sonya in Baltimore. I lived in Waverly, not far from where Sonya and Pete lived. We had some fun times talking together. I am very saddened by this news.


Sep 12, 2004 at 22:28:47

Eric Jonathan Smith (nillisraetear at comcast.net)



"Think not of the lost paintings, but celebrate the art of a life lived!"::::When dating someone's daughter, it is the natural thing for a boy to be apprehensive about meeting her father - and on that particular May Saturday (the 13th, I believe) in 2000, Mr. Pete was there to greet as I arrived to take his Sonya away from him for the first time. From his tall appearance, I wasn't sure what to expect, but his extraordinarily kind demeanor cured my anxiety - and rest assured, Mr. Pete was always there to exchange kind words with me whenever I saw him. Being a naive teenager at the time, I imagined him then as the classic hippie/starving artist, though he was always just a downright cool dude. Even near the end of Sonya's and my relationship, he gave me fatherly reassurance and comfort - truly a man worthy of respect. ::::However, I was unfortunate to never know him in good health, though from my perspective that didn't seem to stop him from getting the most out of life and his environment in the Waverly community that I will always associate him with. The greatest tribute I could give him is to offer all the love and devotion I have whenever his Sonya feels she needs it, and for that I know Mr. Pete would lend me an appreciative word. ::::-Eric Jonathan Smith


Sep 13, 2004 at 17:38:32

Tweefie Millspaugh (Tweefie at juno.com)



Back in 1986-88 (?) Pete and Sonya were regulars with my son and I, and many others at the Waverly Family Center. We shared a program called The Nurturing ::Program, which helped us with our little wild ones ! We also shared trips, as well as many hours of fun, crafts, playgroup, and parental commraderie.::He was the only regular Dad in the group, and he wore it with ease. ::Pete was a terrific part of our community for so long, it is hard to imagine it without him. He will be missed.::My condolences to Sonya and ('re')Pete ::Tweefie & Marcus ::::


Sep 15, 2004 at 15:40:56

Dean Pappas (pdean at mail.friendsbalt.org)



It's hard when your contemporaries die, not only because you will miss them, but also because it's a harbinger of your own death. I'm two years older than Pete. We knew each other best during those heady times in the early seventies when, in our thirties, we thought revolution might be around the corner. Pete always had a sensitive, gentle demeanor, even while he shared our rage against the dehumanizing Capitalist system we live under. ::I wish I had been there when he died, so I could have said a proper goodbye to him. He mattered to the world; he left his mark on the world - through his art, his discourse, and his fatherhood. He will continue to live in our hearts and in our dreams.


Sep 16, 2004 at 16:38:00

Andre Barnett (barnettandre at hotmail.com)



Last time I saw Pete was at the farmers market. With time passing so quickly I think it was last spring. He was very thin and he said he had a bad time but was on the mend. He was upbeat, positive, and excited about the future. That was so typical of Pete, and why I always enjoyed his company. Never a negative word. I always felt great after talking with Pete. I will miss him greatly. Iíll miss him at my art shows, at my studio, the group shows we frequently participated in together. Iíll miss him at Xandoís, and the chance meetings on the street. The art community has lost a brother, and I canít believe Iíll never see him again.::::Andre Barnett


Sep 17, 2004 at 13:57:02

Tom Padwa



As I sit here writing this, there is a small, hand-colored antique::postcard hanging over my desk, a scene of Baltimore as seen from::Whetstone Point. ::::It was a gift from Pete and Sonya on my 47th birthday, and when I look::up at it, I think of them, and of Baltimore.::::Pete was a kind, gentle soul, always ready with a quiet word of::encouragement or advice. He was one of the people who made Charles::Village, and Baltimore, what they are. My wife Joanne and I will miss::him.::::Tom Padwa


Sep 20, 2004 at 10:40:32

Rebecca Sacrey (systemkittie84 at yahoo.com)



I met Pete when I met Sonya, i'm a friend of hers. I never got the chance to know him as well as everyone else, but it was inspiring to meet him. I'm an artist and i go to school for it, and having the chance to meet a real artist who did that for a living was really cool. I remember when i walked in their apartment for the first time and though..."Oh my gosh can i live here" i was so amazed by the art. Also he was a very nice guy. I've came over late and accidently woke him up and he was fine with it. Well thats about all i can say.


Sep 24, 2004 at 00:01:08

dakini aka Deb Keene (dakiniconnect at comcast.net)



Pete Z! AH, I can hardly believe we won't cross paths again this lifetime... Honestly, the world feels a little different to me without Pete in it. I have MANY fond memories as I was lucky enough to be a housemate of Pete's for many years in the 1970s-1980s "Birkwood House" in Waverly. What times those were! And we managed to stay in touch over the years. I only learned of his passing about a week ago and am still digesting it, having telepathic conversations in my head, flashing on the many insights I learned from him. He's one of the few people that I NEVER saw frazzled from the "hurry disease." He taught me a lot; things I can't even put into words. His awareness was focused in each moment. He tlived and died exactly how he wanted to, and that is truly awesome - a positively catapulting spring-board into the world of spirit. I'll miss you being in this world very much. I'll think of you often as I complete my own journey here in Earth School. Shine On Z-Pete. ~ dakini


Sep 26, 2004 at 09:44:37

Donna (dmeadowl at springmail.com)



It's taken me a long time to attempt to compose something for this site. I am desperately missing Pete who I saw or talked to every day for seven months before he decided to drop his body. ::::I loved him pure and simple and wanted to connect with him daily and often. Pete and I met and exchanged intense feelings, feeling that we had met again across the ages from a long time past and finally had come home. Unfortunately our feast was sort lived. Pete did so much for me in such a short time that I ache to think of him gone. He was my friend and my teacher, my support and often my entertainment and adventure buddy as well as a soft place for me land as I spun around in my usual flurries. I want to say so much to convey the joy and sorrow that Pete and I shared but I can hardly digest it all myself. I hope I gave Pete a sense of love and was able to show him how much he truly meant to me. I also pray that if it is true that we met again from a long ago past that we can meet again only next time with a whole lot more time to savor one another. I am also grateful for having the opportunity to meet his two great children Sonya and Pete. He considered his ability to father them one of his greatest gifts and achievements. They were fortunate to be brought up by such an evolved soul residing in the form of an artist and cosmic "fool" as he would refer to himself. It is only now that I am even partially "getting" all the things he was teaching me and exposing me to. I love you Pete now and forever. I will find you again. Donna


Sep 30, 2004 at 00:49:14

Mary S. Bahr (msb at connext.net)



"If seeds in the black earth can turn into beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?" Pete and I were part of that interesting trip and I am most grateful. "Some people touch our lives only briefly, while others leave a lasting impression and are never forgotten."


Oct 5, 2004 at 07:08:03




Following is the statement I read at Petes memorial:::::Pete and I knew one another for a very short time but it was intense, deep and sincere. Shortly after we met he began to show serious signs of illness and our journey together was basically one of support, comfort and dealings of love and death.::::It's not what I would have chosen but it is what we got and my only hope is that I was an asset to him in the mysterious process we call death.::::I know what he did for me--he opened up energies that were for me dormant a very long time--and for that I am grateful. I sincerely enjoyed and loved Pete and I pray that that love he can still feel. He was an incredible guy. Sensitive, sensual, serious at times but always supportive and forever open.::::I love you Pete and am grateful to have met you however brief it was.


Oct 12, 2004 at 10:32:44

Denise Cunningham F. (sirius116 at hotmail.com)



I met Peter back in the 70's, he was living on Greenmount with Jackie and "Petie". (and Leonard) His place was always filled with music and conversation, inviting to all who visited. Sometime in the late 80's I left the neighborhood but whenever I returned it seemed I was to run in to Peter on the street or in a shop and it was as though I'd never left. Peter always made me feel that we were friends for life. Waverly won't be the same without him.


Oct 26, 2004 at 19:11:33

Melissa Grimm (esmesdream@hotmail.com)



:: I remember Pete from when I was a very small 6 year old, he has been a friend of our family since forever and he even knew my mother (Meredith) since she was in her teens in Baltimore back in the 60's! The thing that struck me most about him was how perfectly relaxed he was and of course all the wonderful art he created. He was such a kindred spirit and really lived by his ideals and followed his bliss, sadly this is hard to say of so many of us (we are still learning here!) I recall happening upon his basement shop he had for awhile with soooooooo many paintings there & I was positively blown away by the sheer volume and quality of his work! Wow! he said that he tried to paint every single day! Amazing! I know that he continues his creative work in the beyond, and I miss him and feel we all have so much to learn from Pete, even now he is saying to us: Follow your bliss, Relax! CREATE!......We will miss you Pete Z.


Nov 22, 2004 at 18:21:55

Steph (none)



Pete Zawadzki was truly the man. The great artist of Waverly will be missed.::He spent three generations with my family; my grandfather, my father and I.::I have been best buds with his daughter Sonya since we were babies and Pete was a good friend of both sides of the family. He will be remembered always as that cool cat daddio that we all knew and loved.