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Maryland officials react to death of John Paterakis

"John Paterakis, Sr. dedicated himself to Baltimore, the city he loved. As a visionary from humble beginning

"John Paterakis, Sr. dedicated himself to Baltimore, the city he loved. As a visionary from humble beginnings, he grew his families' bakery to one of the largest in the nation, all the while growing jobs and opportunity for his city. In the Greek tradition he held dear, he was unwavering in his commitment to his family. My prayers and sympathies go out to his wife Roula and his six children."

—Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski

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"I lost my friend and partner of two decades, John Paterakis, today. He was a perfect partner for real estate development. Like many, he enjoyed the excitement of a deal but, like few, he never ran away when times got tough. He intuitively knew that we had to finish whatever we started. That attitude was just a continuation of one of John's life themes that his word was his bond. John loved investing in hotels, a business that was open and working seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day, just like him. He used to love Sunday morning breakfast meetings at one of our hotels where he could leave little notes for the general manager about how to improve something. He liked being there, talking to everyone and helping to get things done. Many people know how tough he was but they probably don't realize how fair and generous he was at the same time. He was someone who really cared. John loved his family, friends and his City of Baltimore. Many people lost a good friend today. I will miss him."

—Michael S. Beatty, head of Beatty Development Group

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"On behalf of the citizens of Baltimore City, I want to extend my deepest sympathies on the passing of family patriarch, business leader and philanthropist John Paterakis, Sr. to his family, friends and employees.

Mr. Paterakis believed in Baltimore. From humble beginnings and through hard work and determination, he grew his small family business into one of the largest bakeries in the country. He was a visionary leader focused on growing Baltimore and his impact can be seen throughout the city. His commitment to his family and faith, and passion for his Greek heritage are part of his amazing legacy.

Mr. Paterakis was my friend and a great friend to the City of Baltimore. He will truly be missed. May his memory be eternal."

—Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

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"The City of Baltimore lost a great champion today with the passing of John Paterakis, Sr.

He was an accomplished businessman who contributed to the growth of our city and was well known for his philanthropic endeavors on behalf of numerous organizations and causes, especially in the Greek community. He said he was a little baker that got lucky, but he was truly much more.

John Paterakis loved our city and he will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

—Senator Catherine E. Pugh

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"On behalf of the City of Baltimore, I am heartbroken by the passing of Mr. John Paterakis, Sr.

Mr. Paterakis was my friend and a trusted advisor. I fondly remember the time we would spend together discussing ideas to help make Baltimore a better place. Mr. Paterakis cared deeply about this City and played a major role in its renaissance.

As others understandably focus on his business acumen, I'll spend time reflecting on Mr. Paterakis as an extremely devoted friend and family man who spent more than six decades working to improve our city and provide opportunities for countless Baltimoreans."

—City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young

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"Mr. Paterakis was a friend, mentor and supporter of mine while in office and out. ... Many times that we spoke either at his office or at the Deli in Harbor East, we would speak mainly about things that needed to happen in the city or how we could improve on services in the city to the residents and the businesses. He mentored me when I was appointed to the Market Board by then Mayor Schmoke and John chaired the Board. He was all about business and creating a business friendly environment but doing it in the right Way. ... My fondest memory will be the letters he sent talking about how blessed he was and about his wonderful family. My prayers and thoughts are with his family and his staff who he loved as if they were a part of his family. His spirit lives in all of our hearts who he has touched over the years."

—Former Mayor Sheila Dixon

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