Farewell to a Friend: RD Summers passes

I was driving home when I got the call. RD Summers, long time host of the Sunday Night Oldies Diner passed away suddenly in his sleep.

I guess if you have to go that's not a bad way.

Tom (RD to most) was a good friend. I spent four years producing the oldies show on 3ws with him. He gave me a chance to learn radio. Many of the songs you would hear came from our own collections that we would lug into the station every weekend. My father took over producing for awhile when I left the station. I remember hanging out backstage with RD at the Root of Rock and Roll shows surrounded by the who's who of oldies. Tom was even in my wedding party and while I didn't see much of him in the later years he was always a good friend.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his Mother and family and the Pittsburgh oldies fans who knew and loved him.

We always had fun and you will be missed Tom. I raise a Black Velvet and Coke to you.

Thomas L. Renkenberger, 60, of Virginia Ave., Rochester, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2009, peacefully in his sleep.

He was born January 12, 1949, in Rochester, and was the son of Lenora Chambers Rubeis and the late Thomas F. Renkenberger. He was a well known DJ going by Rinky Dink and RD Summers and worked for 3WS.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a sister, Marie 'Mimi' Hinzy, Rochester Township; a niece, Kerry, a number of aunts and uncles, including Juanita Webb and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Chambers, Brighton Township, numerous cousins, including special cousins Sue and Gary Matsook, and many friends.

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the TODD FUNERAL HOME, 340 Third St., Beaver, where a funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. by Rev. Gary Wackler of the First Christian Church of Beaver, officiating.

Interment will be in Beaver Cemetery.