Henry R. Elsnic, a retired savings and loan executive and decorated World War II veteran, died Monday of Parkinson's disease at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 88.
The son of grocers, Mr. Elsnic was born in Baltimore and raised above his family's Elmley Avenue grocery store.
After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1942, he enlisted in the Army and served in France with the 66th Infantry Division as a scout. He was discharged at war's end, and his decorations included a Bronze Star.
He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1949 from the University of Maryland, College Park and then began his banking career at the old North Eastern Bohemian Savings & Loan.
He later rose to be president and chairman of the board. After the bank's merger in the 1980s when it became Madison & Bradford Savings and Loan, he again served as president and board chairman.
Mr. Elsnic was also a member of the board of the Maryland Saving Share Insurance Corp.
He retired in 2002.
A former resident of the Woodbrook neighborhood of Baltimore County, he moved to Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium seven years ago.
He was a lifelong Terrapins fan and for nearly 60 years spent Saturdays in the fall attending football games at College Park. He was also a longtime Orioles fan.
Mr. Elsnic was a duckpin bowler and had a regular pitch-card game with friends that went back more than 50 years.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at Stella Maris, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Dorothy Patricia Haas; a son, Steven Elsnic of Darlington; two daughters, Deborah Burgio of Dayton and Diane Freeland of Baltimore; a sister, Doris Elsnic Rogers of Bel Air; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun