Bernard R. Rynarzewski, a retired state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene worker who was proud of his Polish heritage, died July 9 of complications from a stroke at Good Samaritan Hospital.
He was 60.
The son of a civil engineer and a homemaker, Bernard Ronald Rynarzewski was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson.
He was a 1970 graduate of Towson High School and earned his college degree from the University of Baltimore.
From 1974 to 1998, he worked as a facilities surveyor for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he frequently became an advocate for residents of health care facilities who were unable to do so for themselves.
Mr. Rynarzewski left the state agency in 1998 to care for his mother. He returned to his old job in 2006 and retired the next year.
Mr. Rynarzewski was a rugby fan and had played for and coached several teams, including the University of Maryland, Baltimore County squad and the Baltimore Boars.
He was "extremely proud of his Polish heritage," said a daughter, Robin Thompson of Towson, which earned him the nickname of "Ron Polish."
The longtime Hamilton resident enjoyed boating, fishing and watching Ravens games.
A memorial gathering will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cremation and Funeral Alternatives, 8717 Green Pasture Drive, Towson.
Also surviving is another daughter, Jaime Rynarzewski of Seaford, Del.; a brother, Robert Rynarzewski of Woodbine; two sisters, Emilia Koterwas of Elkton and Carolyn Brunnett of Severna Park; his companion of many years, Debra Woods of Hamilton; and two grandchildren. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.