Employees say goodbye to John Paterakis Sr.
After private service, funeral procession passes Harbor East, H&S Bakery
dysplasia, a bone marrow disorder. He was making the holidays special. 87. Linda Maier, 62, has worked in accounts
The funeral services Thursday were payable and payroll at H&S Bakery for 33 private. The motorcade offered a chance years. She said employees received for employees and others to say goodbye. wrapped gifts for Christmas, turkeys at
“I think today is going to be the hardest,” Thanksgiving and steaks at the Fourth of July.saidTishaPayne,40.Sheandothersheld large photos of Paterakis, dressed in a suit Maier, a Ravens fan, said Paterakis and sitting in his motor scooter in his always made a point to talk to her about office, or sitting at a table covered by a the team or their next game. red-checkered tablecloth. Robin Curran, 49, said women who had
Payne and others described Paterakis as trouble with child care could bring their a caring boss, who made a point to greet kids to work. When there was bad each of his employees and shower them weather, they could get rides to work. with generosity. She and others said Paterakis could be
Payne, who lives in Baltimore County, heard singing old Greek songs his mother said Paterakis affected the lives not only of sang to him as a child. He could be seen his employees, but also the entire city smoking his cigars out of the office. through his redevelopment of Harbor In later years, he relied on a scooter to East. get around. Employees said he remained
“It’s rare you find someone who dedidedicated to his work and still came into cates their life to the city,” she said. “He the office regularly, and signed all employreally loved Baltimore.” ee checks personally.
Others spoke about his devotion to his employees, and how he made a point of
Longtime workers at H&S Bakery placed pink roses on the hearse holding John Paterakis Sr. as it passed by the company’s corporate offices in Fells Point on Thursday morning.
Some wiped away tears, or held coworkers, as the funeral parade of five limousines led by police officers on motorcycles proceeded from the Four Seasons Hotel and wove around Harbor East to the H&S offices on South Caroline Street.
Paterakis, who built H&S Bakery into the largest privately owned bakery in the country and redeveloped Harbor East, died Sunday of complications from myelo-