The Rev. Bernard Stanley Bak, who served several Roman Catholic parishes in the Baltimore area after the widower was ordained late in life, died of heart failure Friday at his home in Dundalk. He was 85.
After graduating in 1988 from St. Mary's Seminary University in Roland Park, he served at the St. Philip Neri parish in Linthicum until 1994 and at St. Joseph parish in Cockeysville from 1994 until he retired in 1999.
He then continued part-time service at St. Clare parish in Essex and St. Athanasius in Curtis Bay until the week before his death.
"In ministry, he was very devoted to the sick, the hospitalized, and family and marriage ministry," said his nephew, the Rev. Timothy Kulbicki, who is on the faculty of St. Mary's Seminary.
Born in Baltimore in 1921, he graduated in 1964 from the Eastern College of Commerce, and in 1966 from the Mount Vernon School of Law.
He had worked earlier as a barber in Dundalk, then as a parole and probation agent for the state.
He became one of the archdiocese's first permanent deacons in 1971, serving at St. Casimir Church in Canton, and at Christ the King in Dundalk.
He married Antoinette Stefanowicz in 1949 and petitioned to be admitted into the priesthood after her death in 1984.
A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at St. Casimir Church.
In addition to Father Kulbicki, he is survived by other nephews and nieces.