Melvin R. Kulis, C&P supervisor, dies

He was a World War II veteran and volunteer firefighter

  • Melvin Kulis
Melvin Kulis
March 30, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Melvin Raymond Kulis, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. supervisor and World War II veteran, died Friday at his Bel Air home of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 84.

The son of a Polish immigrant steelworker and a homemaker, he was born in Baltimore and raised near Patterson Park and Highlandtown.

He was a Patterson Park High School graduate and enlisted in the Navy in the waning days of World War II. He attended submarine school at Newport, R.I., and served in Europee aboard the destroyer tender USS Tidewater as a laundryman and later apprentice electrician.

Mr. Kulis went to work in 1950 as a C&P lineman and was promoted to troubleshooter. After retiring in 1987, he worked for another six years at Aberdeen Proving Ground in telecommunications until retiring a second time in 1993.

In 2007, Mr. Kulis was inducted into the Harford and Cecil County Hall of Fame.

Mr. Kulis was a volunteer firefighter for more than 50 years, serving at the Wise Avenue fire station in Dundalk and later with the Jarrettsville and Bel Air volunteer fire companies.

He was a member for 23 years of American Legion Post 39 and was also a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6506 in Rosedale.

His wife of 30 years, the former Ann Adamik, died in 1986.

Mr. Kulis was a member of Mission of Saint Mary Magdalen Roman Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister, and a communicant of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church in Bel Air, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Wednesday.

Surviving are a son, Gregory Kulis of Bel Air; three daughters, Valerie K. Sommer of Abingdon, Monica Kulis of Bel Air and Angela K. Fowler of Seven Valleys, Pa.; two brothers, Stanley Kulis of Street and Richard Kulis of Baltimore; a sister, Beatrice Grabowski of Monkton; and three grandchildren.

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