Albert G. Kowalewski, 77

President of longshoremen's union

December 21, 2006

Albert G. Kowalewski, a retired president of a stevedores' union, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Dec. 12 at Hammonds Lane Nursing Home. The Brooklyn resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Fells Point, he attended St. Casimir's parochial school. He served in the Army in Japan, and in the 1950s re-entered military service during the Korean War. While stationed at Fort Meade, he met his future wife, the former Evelyn Bartlett.

He helped unload freight cars at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad warehouse -- now part of the Camden Yards stadium complex -- before joining the International Longshoremen's Association as a carpenter, securing heavy cargo on ships leaving the port of Baltimore. In 1971, he was elected president of ILA Local 1355 of the Marine Carpenters.

He helped establish a carpenters union hall on Aliceanna Street in Fells Point and acquired land for the Jackson Taylor building of the Steamship Trade Association at Fort Holabird Industrial Park. Before retiring in 1987, Mr. Kowalewski ran his union's pension and benefits fund.

Mr. Kowalewski liked to walk in Fells Point and Canton, and often drank coffee and read a newspaper at Fells Point Chicken & Meats, a business formerly located in the municipal Broadway Market and operated by his son, Richard Kowalewski of Hunt Valley.

Services were held Dec. 14.

In addition to his wife and son, survivors include two other sons, Dale Kowalewski and Rex Kowalewski, both of Hunt Valley; two daughters, Cheryl King of Ellicott City and Dusty Kerhart of Mount Airy; and nine grandchildren.

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