When Paul Drewek was knocked off his Vespa scooter Saturday afternoon after being sideswiped by a car, emergency responders transported him to the hospital for injuries considered not life-threatening.
But after the first day in the hospital, the 66-year-old Whitefish Bay resident's health took a turn for the worse and he unexpectedly passed away Monday morning.
His wife, Nancy Drewek, said their family is still reeling from the loss.
The couple has two sons, Christopher and Matthew, and three dogs: Jackie, Fifi, and Callie. They have lived in Whitefish Bay for 28 years.
"He was a loving and involved father, always willing to help his sons with anything, whether it be work around the house, financial advice or how to search for a job. He was always there for his family," Nancy said. "That's what Paul was about. His family."
Whitefish Bay police are still investigating the accident. Interim Police Chief Ron Stefanski said the side swipe accident occurred at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fairmount Avenue and Lake Drive. The Vespa scooter and the car were traveling in the same direction. Police are investigating whether Drewek's Vespa hit the car, or if the car hit the Vespa.
An autopsy report indicated Drewek's death was the result of the accident. Drewek was wearing a helmet. No citations will be issued until the investigation is complete, Stefanski said.
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Respected career in finance
After receiving his MBA from Marquette University, Drewek started his career as a CPA. He later shifted his career focus to financial consulting, and over the last four years, he worked at his own firm, Drewek Consulting Services. He also taught night classes at Cardinal Stritch University for about 10 years.
"He was very well-liked by all of his business colleagues. I've heard that time again through the years," Nancy said. "Paul was very good at what he did. Very well-liked and well-respected."
Nancy, a member of the Whitefish Bay Women's Club, said Paul also volunteered with her at the women's club. He was also an active community member in the Appleton area, where he has done consulting work for the past 15 years.
"He was always in a good mood and had a joke to tell," she said. "He had a very dry sense of humor that could make me laugh — even when I was mad at him."
A visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Zwaska Funeral Home, with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church at N. 41st St. and W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee.