Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a 1989 Patterson High School graduate. He then joined the Marine Corps and spent time on ships in the Persian Gulf and in many other posts.
In 1996, he received a certificate in graphics and animation from the ITT Technical Institute. He also handled cargo for the Rukert Terminals and was a Fells Point bartender.
He competed in billiards at Fells Point Station and the Blarney Stone Pub on Broadway, where he played on four teams.
Family members said a memorial scholarship fund has been created for his daughter, Erin Baranowski, who lives in Easton.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Crownsville Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 1122 Sunrise Beach Road in Crownsville.
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his father and stepmother, Samuel and Janet Callahan of Lumberton, N.C.; his mother and stepfather, Cathy and Pat Cardinale of Baltimore; and three sisters, Tina Baranowski of Baltimore and Crystal Callahan and Samantha Callahan, both of Lumberton, N.C. His marriage to Jennifer L. Dwyer ended in divorce.
An earlier version of this article misstated when Baranowski received his certificate from ITT Technical Institute and the last name of his father and stepmother. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.