Melvin Lipinski, 86, city traffic officer

May 06, 2006

Melvin Lipinski, a World War II veteran and former Baltimore police officer, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Monday at his Rosedale home. He was 86.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Gough Street, he attended St. Patrick's Parochial School and attended Patterson Park High School before working at Lamm Brothers, a North Exeter Street clothing manufacturer.

After his induction into the Army in 1943, Mr. Lipinski was trained as a barber at Camp Ellis, Ill. He participated in the liberation of the Southern Philippines, served in New Guinea and received several ribbons.

Mr. Lipinski graduated from the Baltimore Police Academy in 1953, then served in the Police Department's traffic division until 1974.

Family members said he was well known downtown as he rode a three-wheel motorcycle in the 1960s and 1970s. He received a number of citations for outstanding work, and retired from the department in 1979.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Lipinski worked for a few years as a security guard at the Sparrows Point Country Club.

His wife of 61 years, the former Helen Rydzewski, died in September 2002.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at the Church of the Annunciation in Rosedale.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Lipinski and Mark Lipinski, both of Rosedale; and two granddaughters.

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