Pete Wysocki Dies at Age 55
Former Washington Redksin, Transwestern VP
Succumbs to Cancer
June 17, 2003
Transwestern Commercial Services announced that Pete Wysocki, a former Washington Redskin who went on to become a successful real estate broker in the Washington, DC region after his playing days were over, died last Saturday following a three-year battle with cancer.
Wysocki possessed an energetic charisma and larger-than-life personality that served him well both on the football field and in the boardroom. He spent 10 years with Transwestern where he was vice president of office leasing. In respect for their colleague, Transwestern will close its Washington, D.C. office this Friday, June 20th. A memorial service will be held that same day at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolftrap Rd., Vienna, VA, on Friday, June 20, 2003 at 1 p.m.
Wysocki was the subject of several appreciations published in The Washington Post which made note of his aggressive playing style and the "reckless abandon" he displayed while on the Redskins' special teams unit where he was a stand-out for Coach George Allen in the mid-1970s, "hurling himself into a wedge of blockers as if he were the bowling ball and they were the pins." He also played outside linebacker for Coach Jack Pardee in 1979 for two seasons before retiring in 1981 at age 32.
After obtaining sales experience as an advertising salesman for WMAL-AM, Wysocki broke into commercial real estate as a leasing broker for Shannon & Luchs Commercial in 1986. He moved to Carey Winston Co. in 1993, which became a part of Transwestern in 1998. Wysocki excelled at commercial sales and brokerage. In 1988 he was recognized by the Washington Association of Realtors for the Commercial Transaction of the Year and in 1991 he won the Top Producer award from the Washington Area Commercial Brokers Council.
Wysocki also enjoyed racing motorcycles, showing bulldogs and painting. He spent a considerable amount of time doing good works, including organizing charity golf tournaments and volunteering at soup kitchens. Since his diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999, Wysocki often spoke publicly about his illness, addressing cancer support groups as well as gatherings of the Leukemia Society and other organizations that raise money for research.
Washington Post Sportswriter Leonard Shapiro closed his published appreciation with an eloquent tribute: "Pete Wysocki was more than just a barrel-chested football player. As the scouts like to say, he was the whole package, a man who took the full measure of every day he lived until those days simply ran out, far too soon."