A Mass of Christian burial for Raymond Steve Byczynski, a home-improvements contractor in Baltimore for 20 years, will be held at 9 a.m. today at St. Athanasius Roman Catholic Church, 4708 Prudence St.
Mr. Byczynski, who was 45 and lived on Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park, died Monday after a nearly yearlong fight against cancer.
Born and reared in Curtis Bay, he was graduate of the Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School.
A spirited entrepreneur, Mr. Byczynski bought his first business at age 23, then went on to own and operate Ray's Home Improvements.
"He really played to his own tune," said his brother, Edward Byczynski. And he had written of himself: "Though his accomplishments are many, they are overshadowed by the way he accomplished them. Whether at work or play, Ray always set to with unmatched vigor and determination."
He steeped himself in the Polish culture and traditions of his neighborhood, participating in the Polish-American Democratic Club and regularly attending Polish festivals.
He was a member of St. Athanasius church.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Fowler; a daughter, Sherri; and three sisters, Maryann Patti, Lorraine Thompson and Ida Ryder, all of Baltimore.