Edward P. Bugnaski, a retired tool and die maker who was also a World War II veteran, died Oct. 28 of pneumonia at Menno Village, a Chambersburg, Pa., retirement community. He was 96.
The son of Polish immigrants, Edward Paul Bugnaski was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Fells Point, before moving with his family to Bradshaw in Baltimore County.
He attended St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church and parochial school in Bradshaw, and in 1937, went to work as a machinist at Black & Decker in Towson.
In 1941, he enlisted in the Army, where he trained in radio operations for anti-aircraft artillery. He served with the 232nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery unit in New Guinea, and was assigned to the 6th Army when it landed at Lingayen Gulf during the invasion of Luzon in the Philippines.
After Mr. Bugnaski was discharged in 1945 with the rank of corporal, he returned to Black & Decker, where he worked as a tool and die maker in Towson. He later worked at the company's plant in Hampstead, from which he retired in 1988.
The longtime Kingsville resident, who lived in a house that he had built on Shipley Lane, moved to Chesapeake City, where he lived for two years, before moving to the retirement community in 2002.
"He was an avid rockfish fisherman and enjoyed fishing on the Susquehanna River on Saturdays with his brother, Walter," said his son, Mark L. Bugnaski, a former Baltimore Sun photographer who now lives in Kalamazoo, Mich.
His wife of 63 years, the former Meryl R. Shipley, died in 2005.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, 8030 Bradshaw Road.
In addition to his son, Mr. Bugnaski is survived by a daughter, Karen Longo of East Haddam, Conn.; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Another son, Edward L. Bugnaski, died in 2006.
He later served with the 621st Military Police guarding Japanese prisoners of war at Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa. After the Japanese surrender, he served with occupation forces in Japan.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun