Peter Thomas Ratajczyk (Steele)


Peter Thomas Ratajczyk (January 4, 1962 – April 14, 2010) better known by his stage name Peter Steele, was the lead singer, bassist, and composer for the gothic metal band Type O Negative. Before forming Type O Negative, he had created the metal group Fallout and the thrash band Carnivore.
As the frontman for Type O Negative, Steele was known for his vampiric effect,towering stature, rich bass-baritone vocals, and a dark, often self-deprecating sense of humor.”His lyrics were often intensely personal, dealing with subjects including love, loss, and addiction.”Steele credited Black Sabbath and The Beatles as his key musical inspirations.

Steele was born in Red Hook, Brooklyn into a Roman Catholic family. His father was of Russian and Polish descent, and his mother of Irish, Scottish, Norwegian and Icelandic heritage. He was raised in the Bensonhurst and Brighton Beach neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Steele was the youngest of six children, with five older sisters. His father fought in World War II and later worked at a shipyard. Steele started taking guitar lessons at age 12, moving on to bass six months later.

Steele worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation up until he began touring with Type O Negative in the summer of 1994. He was based at Brooklyn Heights Promenade,where his job involved park maintenance, driving vehicles including garbage trucks and steamrollers, and eventual promotion to the role of Park Supervisor. Steele considered his days working for the Parks Department to be among his happiest.


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  1. Heaven
    © Annmarie Campbell
    I took a trip to heaven
    But only in my mind
    I wanted to know what it’s like
    To leave all you love behind.
    So I closed my eyes, and started to see
    Just how beautiful heaven can be.

    I could see the pearly gates of white
    and behind them was the most radiant light.
    I saw an angel as she was passing by
    so incredibly beautiful that a tear fell from my eye.
    Everyone looked perfect and with the angels they did sing
    There are no earthly words to describe the beauty of their wings.

    As I sat on a bench in the most incredible garden
    I asked God for all of my sins to be pardoned
    I took one last look at all of the beauty around
    And when I opened my eyes, it was peace that I found.

    Rest In Peace, Pete. You are so very missed!!

  2. @Azraelina Sahjaza

    My Dearest Peter,

    The Memory of you shall forever remain in my Heart, Body & Soul. The Happiness that you gave to me over the years of listening to your music is indescribable. Many of the Words in your Lyrics touched me in so many ways as they are things that i am going though now in my currant situation. The Imprint that you have left me with has me seeing you everywhere. Thank you Green Man for all of the years of happiness that you gave to me and too the world with your charm, wittiness, sense of humor, & music. You are in the Sun, you are the morning Dove that passes by, you are the Butterfly that lands on a flower, you are sweet smell of Lilies, you are the summer breeze that feel as i walk through prospect park.I Love you, I Miss You & I Will Cherish all of the Memories that i have inside of me. Till we meet again Green Man R.I.P.

  3. Peter,

    Where do I begin? As I write this I picture telling it to you in person. I grew up listening to you. I was raised on your music. I was the only little girl in the neighborhood that was a metal head! I listen to your music each and every day. You have been there with me through many hard situations in my life. I always relied on your music for comfort and healing. I will never forget that day I heard the news. I prayed that it was some sort of prank again but once I read the posts from your family and band members I knew it was for real. It took some time to fully sink in- It still hasn’t fully sunk in yet. I sometimes think that maybe you are living in your dream home in the woods somewhere and this was all just a big misunderstanding. Sadly I know this will never be and you are now above the trees and stars. When I feel that cold Autumn chill pass by, I like to think it’s you. I know you were with us at your tree this past April 14th. You showed us you were with us by leaving a beautiful rainbow over your tree. We love you Peter and not a day goes by that my heart doesn’t find you. I hope you are jamming up in heavy metal heaven. That must be one amazing band up there! Say hi to Dimebag and Jim for me. Rock In Peace Greenman \m/

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