Em­ploy­ees say good­bye to John Pat­er­akis Sr.

Af­ter pri­vate ser­vice, fu­neral pro­ces­sion passes Har­bor East, H&S Bak­ery

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jan­ders5

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-

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