Eugene J. Klemkowski Sr., 64, longshoreman

December 23, 2004

Eugene J. Klemkowski Sr., a retired longshoreman, died of a heart attack Saturday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Locust Point resident was 64.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised above the Fort Avenue bar owned by his late father, Henry Klemkowski Sr. He was a 1958 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he played on the soccer team.

He earned an associate's degree from the University of Baltimore and attended the old Mount Vernon School of Law. He then worked in the Franklin Street law office of his brother, Henry Klemkowski Jr. of Ruxton.

"They worked together just long enough for Eugene to realize that law work was just not his calling," said nephew Daniel X. Gregory of Towson.

Mr. Klemkowski joined the International Longshoremen's Association and worked on the Baltimore waterfront for 25 years until retiring in 1992. He then became a consultant to his son, Eugene J. Klemkowski Jr. of Brooklyn Park, who owns Clearview Construction.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. today at Our Lady of Good Counsel Roman Catholic Church, 1532 E. Fort Ave.

In addition to his son and brother, Mr. Klemkowski is survived by two other sons, Richard Klemkowski of Towson and Eric Weir of Elkton; four daughters, Yvonne Klemkowski and Diana Klemkowski, both of Glen Burnie, and Lisa Shuey and Renee Klemkowski, both of Brooklyn; his mother, Estelle Klemkowski of Baltimore; another brother, Jerome S. Klemkowski of Ocean City; a sister, Estelle "Lenny" Klemkowski-Anthony of Baltimore; 15 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His marriages to Barbara "Babs" Mohr and Florence "Pinky" Klemkowski ended in divorce.

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