George B. Twardzik, insurance executive

August 14, 1994|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer

George B. Twardzik, a vice president with the Maryland Insurance Group in Baltimore, died Thursday of heart failure at Northwest Medical Center. He was 52.

Before working with the Maryland Insurance Group for three years, he owned Baltimore-based Twardzik and Associates, where he was an international meeting planner. He was also a vice president at Alexander and Alexander for nearly 10 years and at London Fog, where he specialized in information technology, for almost five years.

As an international meeting planner, he booked conventions and conferences in Europe and Asia in such locations as Geneva, Belgrade, Xian and Shanghai for professional organizations.

His family said he had particular affection for Asian countries, from which he would always return with a work of art, a music cassette and a fifth of exotic liqueur.

His hobbies were many. He liked going fast in his boat and on his Honda 650 motorcycle, boring holes in the sky in his Cessna and soaring high in his ultralight plane.

He also had a love-hate relationship with golf, said his wife, the former Linda R. Glick.

Friends and relatives remember the 20-year Randallstown resident as a man who loved to fire up the grill, regardless of the season, especially to cook thick steaks.

"He cooked precisely by time, not by instinct or by testing with a knife. He went strictly by the watch," his wife said.

Mr. Twardzik delighted in seeing his three children and their friends around the dinner table. In recent years, he researched his family's genealogy, tracing more than 650 names covering at least three generations. He got much of the information from his mother, Jane Poplick Twardzik of Flushing, N.Y.

"The whole project brought him great pleasure, and he delighted in each new discovery, and when possible, speaking with them," Mrs. Twardzik said.

He belonged to the American Management Association Roundtable and the United Way of Central Maryland Steering Committee.

Born in New York City on Sept. 22, 1941, and reared in Flushing, he graduated from Holy Cross High School in Flushing and went to Hofstra University.

Mr. Twardzik "had a terrific sense of humor and loved to tangle us all up with hypothetical, theoretical and philosophical conversations that were usually impossible to conclude. But that was exactly the point," Mrs. Twardzik said.

Services for Mr. Twardzik will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Loring Byers funeral establishment, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

In addition to his wife of 20 years and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Christine Twardzik of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Jenine Twardzik of Honolulu, Hawaii; and a son, John Scott Twardzik of Jackson Hole, Wyo.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Northwest Medical Center, 7131 Liberty Road, Randallstown 21133.

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