Theodore Edward ‘Teddy’ Pawlik, 66

Theodore Edward “Teddy” Pawlik, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Middlesex Beach, Del., on Sept. 27, 2019. He wished to paraphrase Samuel Clemens by declaring that “Rumors of his death are not greatly exaggerated!” He was born on New York City’s Lower East Side on Sept. 6, 1953, the son of Theodore S. Pawlik and Olga A. (Pasternak) Pawlik.

After attending high school in New Jersey, graduating from Georgetown University and a short stint as a novice in the Jesuits, Pawlik spent the balance of his life in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., summering for the last 40 years at the home in Middlesex Beach that he shared with his friend and longtime companion, Natasha Reatig, who preceded him in death in March of 2019.

While in Adams Morgan, he regaled friends and patrons with ample doses of wit, drawing from his deep well of knowledge. He saw every personal interaction as an opportunity for the edification of those around him. One quip was oft-quoted: “Remember what Teddy said, ‘You can do it your way or the right way!’”

For the past three years, he had spent more and more time in Middlesex, helping care for Natasha, eventually becoming a full-time resident of that Bethany Beach-area community. He recently became a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, Del., truly appreciating the fellowship and support of the parish in his later days.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at St. Peter’s, at a date and time to be announced. Memorial donations can be made to a local public radio station of the giver’s choice.