Henry Kuczinski, 71

Service station owner

February 28, 2007

Henry R. "Bud" Kuczinski, longtime Baltimore County service station owner and pool player, died Saturday of cirrhosis of the liver at his Essex home. He was 71.

Mr. Kuczinski was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park. Two days after graduating from Patterson High School in 1954, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a communications technician for eight years.

After his 1962 discharge, Mr. Kuczinski purchased a Gulf station on Highland Avenue, and subsequently purchased and sold three more service stations before buying what became Bud's Exxon on Eastern Avenue. At his death, he had been operating the business for more than 40 years.

He enjoyed shooting pool and played in several leagues, including that of the Battle Grove Democratic Club, where he was a member. He was also a member of the Sparrows Point Country Club, where he liked to play golf.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Connolly Funeral Home, 7110 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph A. Kuczinski of Eastwood and Perry A. Kuczinski of Forest Hill; a daughter, Linda A. Krajewski of Chase; three brothers, John Kuczinski of Ocean City, Gerard Kuczinski of Berlin and Robert Kuczinski of Essex; a sister, Dorothy Kuczinski of Baltimore; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and his companion, Wilma Petti of Essex. His marriage to the former Constance J. Klingelhofer ended in divorce.

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