Edward A. "Al" Vanik Jr., a retired Baltimore County Police Department detective, died Sept. 5 of Osler-Weber-Rendu syndrome, a genetic disease that causes excessive bleeding, at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air.
He was 79.
The son of a butcher and a homemaker, Edward Albert Vanik Jr. was born and raised in Fullerton. He graduated in 1951 from Towson Catholic High School and enlisted in the Navy the next year.
Mr. Vanik served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid as an aviation structural mechanic second class until his discharge in 1956.
He joined the Baltimore County police force in 1957, rising to corporal and then to detective. He was...