Marvin “Hank” Majewski’s favorite holiday was Christmas. And so, his wife, Sally, hung the holiday decorations a little earlier this year –– before Thanksgiving.
But after fighting a long battle against lymphoma and melanoma cancer, the longtime golf professional and golf club owner died just before Christmas, on Dec. 21. He was 81 years old.
After almost 60 years of marriage, Sally described her late husband as a loving patriarch, dedicated golf professional and a strong outpatient after fighting cancer for years.
“Our family came first, but golf was the love of his life,” said Sally. “We were married for 59 years, and each day he got up for work to do what he loved each day.”
Majewski began his golf career at 10 years old as a caddie at Baltimore Country Club, served as assistant professional at Burning Tree Club and Baltimore Country Club and head professional at Hobbit’s Glen before becoming the owner and Professional Golfers’ Association Director of Golf at Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster, in 1985. He sold Wakefield Valley in 2013.
He served as president of the Mid-Atlantic PGA and on the National Board of the PGA of America and was honored as the Mid-Atlantic PGA Professional of the Year and the PGA of America Professional of the Year in 1988.
Bob Kirkner, his friend of 40 years, said Majewski believed that each person will have at least five people that they’re closest to over their lifetime.
“I think that I was one of his five. He was certainly one of my five and I’m going to miss him dearly,” said Kirkner.
“Although he was an attorney, he loved golf –– that’s what he was known for,” Kirkner said. “As a club professional, he cared about kids and was a big-time junior golfer advocate. Junior players never paid at Hobbit’s Glen or Wakefield Valley.”
Majewski graduated from City College of Baltimore and was a two-sports scholarship athlete at the University of Baltimore, from which he graduated in 1961. He was inducted into the City College and University of Baltimore halls of fame as well as the Mid-Atlantic PGA Hall of Fame and the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Majewski helped create the Maryland Junior Open, orchestrated a program that brought inner-city kids to Hobbit’s Glen, and is credited with ensuring that the Howard County Public School System Golf Program from was not cut from the school’s budget.
His commitment to youths extended to his grandchildren, with “family first” at the forefront of his mind, according to Sally.
Carleigh Jenne, Hank’s granddaughter, spoke for all his grandchildren when she said that he “motivated us to be better and pursue our interests.” He was always present for their games and events they were involved in.
“[Majewski] rarely missed one of my games (home or away) and he would always arrive early to get a seat near the goal I was defending — even when he was feeling lousy after a same-day cancer treatment,” said granddaughter Lauren Jenne.
He is survived by his wife Sally Caless Majewski; his children, Amy Aguggia and her husband Paul, Lisa Jenne and her husband Bill, and Leigh Pusateri and her husband John; his grandchildren, Michael Aguggia and his wife Ali, Emily Aguggia, Carleigh Jenne, Zane Pusateri, Sarah Jenne, Sophie Pusateri, Jansen Pusateri, and Lauren Jenne; his great granddaughter, Francesca Aguggia; and his sister-in-law, Patricia Caless.
“I could not have asked for a better father-in-law and grandfather to my three daughters,” son-in-law Bill Jenne said. “He was always supportive and knew the right thing to say.”