Dennis J. Szymaszek, a retired materials and logistics director who was a classic sports car enthusiast, died Friday of cancer at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 71.
The son of an Armco steelworker and a homemaker, Dennis Joseph Szymaszek was born in Baltimore and spent his early years on Bank Street before moving with his family to Dundalk.
After graduating in 1959 from Dundalk High School, he began a 43-year career at PEMCO Corp., where he rose to become director of materials and logistics for North American operations.
The longtime Lutherville resident retired in 2002.
In his younger days, Mr. Szymaszek enjoyed powerboat and car racing, and building high-performance engines for family and friends.
He had a lifelong passion for Ferraris and eventually owned three.
"In May, Dennis took a dream trip to the Ferrari factory in Italy for a private tour," said his wife of 35 years, the former Julie Ann "Jul" Kardos. "He also owned Porsches and Corvettes."
"A creative spirit and master woodworker, Dennis spent many hours in his wood shop designing and building furniture for his home and the homes of his friends and family," she said.
Mr. Szymaszek enjoyed playing tennis, skiing and vacationing in Bermuda.
Mr. Szymaszek, who had been described as a "true Renaissance man," was "always up for a last-minute margarita or a good conversation," said his wife.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Szymaszek is survived by a son, Gregory Szymaszek of Cockeysville. An earlier marriage to Barbara Schuler ended in divorce.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun