Steven Allen Radford, 55, beloved husband and best friend of Sharon Radford, loving father of Brian, Katie and Nicole, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday August 12, 2021, due to complications of COVID-19.
Steve was born November 15, 1965, in Canoga Park, CA to Micheal and Linda Radford. There he grew up alongside his younger brother Micheal until the family moved back to his father’s home state of Idaho. Steve’s family returned to California after spending nearly four years in Idaho, to the city of Simi Valley. Influenced by his memorable childhood summers spent on his grandparents’ ranch, Steve always had a longing to return to Idaho.
While living in Simi Valley, Steve attended Moorpark College where he met his one true love. It was during a Blueprint Reading course that Steve met Sharon, they quickly fell in love, and married shortly thereafter in Simi Valley on March 9, 1985. From that time on they remained each other’s confidant and best friend. Steve was a loving, affectionate, and devoted husband for the 36 years of marriage that he and Sharon shared together. Steve was also the very proud father of Brian Radford, Katie Radford and Nicole Radford. He was a supportive and active father that was not only at all his children’s events but actively participated either by coaching, umpiring or excitedly cheering them on. Steve loved his family dearly and they were always at the forefront of his thinking. This applied not only to his immediate family but his extended family members too. He planned and hosted family events routinely to keep the family closeness tight, bringing joy and laughter to all those occasions. Steve was also the proud grandfather of Jameson Tetreault (Katie Radford). For the past four years Steve had the great pleasure of being “grandpa” to young Jameson and treasured every moment he had with him, whether it be in person, over the phone or facetiming.
Aside from being a great family man Steve was also known to many as the Owner and President of Radford Cabinets, Inc. At the age of 17 Steve began his endeavor into the world of cabinet manufacturing and installation. With the influence and inspiration from his grandfather, John Kukuczka, he strived to gain the experience and education in the industry that would later allow him to develop and open his own cabinet manufacturing business. In 1989 Steve moved to the Antelope Valley where he quickly set roots and soon began forming his own company. His first manufacturing was done inside a small industrial unit, which quickly grew, and the company was incorporated in March 1992. It now operates in a large building he built with his grandfather, with the addition of a second location nearby. As the dedicated leader of the company Steve could run all his machinery and perform all the functions of fabrication necessary for operation. He could often be seen working or filling in at any position within the shop, enjoying being out amongst his employees. Steve truly cared about the people who worked for him and often talked about his appreciation for them. His commitment to the industry and the importance of each of his employees was a testament to the great leader he was. Steve was compassionate about cabinet making and somehow found the ability to manage it with integrity and honor, all while balancing it separately from his family life.
Steve was an all-around, handy kind of guy, who was not only capable of fixing or repairing anything but was also adventurous and had many interests and hobbies. Steve especially enjoyed spending time with his wife Sharon at their cabin and being outdoors with her kayaking, fishing, and off-roading in his Bronco. With friends and family, he enjoyed camping, hiking, biking and Frisbee golf. He also loved watching sports and ending a fun day with a cold beer. It was well known that Steve had a passion for baseball and played for many years of his own on several different leagues. He was an enthusiastic fan of his favorite team and supported them often by attending their games. Yes, Steve loved his Dodgers, even from the early age of ten when he wrote a letter to Tommy Lasorda. Steve, being kindhearted, liked to take different people each time he attended a Dodger game so that many could share in the experience. Steve also loved and had a wonderful ability to talk with people, whether it was someone he knew or a perfect stranger, and he always had a story or two to tell no matter the occasion. Along with that he possessed a never-ending willingness to help others. Steve never turned away or looked the other direction when he recognized someone needed help, whether it was help getting a job, fixing a vehicle, or getting pulled out of a snowy ditch he was there. Steve led a full life, and his caring, fun-loving nature was equated by his quirky, sometimes off-color humor that kept people smiling and laughing.
Steve is survived by his spouse Sharon Louise Radford; their three children Brian Allen Radford and his wife Sarah Radford, Katie Lynn Radford and Nicole Elizabeth Radford; his grandson Jameson Tetreault; his mother Linda Radford; his brother Michael Radford and his wife Nancy Radford; his nephew Weston Radford and niece Melony Radford; and his little Yorkie Oliver
Steve was preceded in death by his father Micheal Radford Sr. and his grandparents John and Evelyn Kukuczka, and Don and Helen Radford.
Steve’s final resting place will be at the Good Shephard Cemetery in Lancaster, CA.