Basil Dudok

Age 70: Longtime Parkville resident was a concrete company machine operator.

June 03, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN REPORTER

Basil Dudok, a retired concrete worker and longtime Parkville resident, died of cardiac arrest May 27 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 70.

Mr. Dudok was born in Kocowec, Ukraine, where he spent his early years and World War II. His father, who had been drafted into the Polish cavalry during the war, was later imprisoned by the Germans at Buchenwald concentration camp.

After the war, Mr. Dudok accompanied his mother and siblings to Germany, where they located his father and were placed in a displaced-persons camp.

In 1950, the family left the camp and embarked on the S.S. Mercy, a Red Cross ship, for a voyage to New York.

"The crossing took 14 days, and after landing in New York they went to Baltimore," said his sister, Maria J. Kaczaniuk, who was born in Baltimore.

"They later worked for a farmer in Pocomoke City, where they were free, had plenty to eat and earned a living," said Mrs. Kaczaniuk, who lives in Baltimore.

After living in apartments on Ann and Durham streets, the family settled into a home on Elwood Avenue in Canton in the early 1950s.

After graduating from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, Mr. Dudok worked for a contractor, sold insurance and later became a boilermaker.

In 1976, he took a job at Atlantic Concrete Co. in Cockeysville, and at his retirement last year, was a machine operator.

A Parkville resident since 1966, Mr. Dudok enjoyed bowling and liked playing the harmonica and accordion. He looked forward to family vacations with his children and attending parties.

"Basil was a bright young man and really enjoyed life. He was a good dancer and was a flashy dresser," his sister said.

Mr. Dudok was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 42 years, the former Charlene Wessel; a son, Raymond Basil Dudok of Street; four daughters, Maria P. Kohl of Rising Sun, and Monique G. Dudok, Kateryna M. Heath and Brittany A. Dudok, all of Parkville; and eight grandchildren. Another son, Daniel John Dudok, died in 1987.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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