Richard Lelonek Sr., a retired railroad office worker and veteran
Born in Canonsburg, Pa., and raised in
He joined the old
After running unsuccessfully for the City Council in 1975, Mr. Lelonek was appointed to a seat on the Baltimore City Planning Commission by Mayor William Donald Schaefer. He served until 1980.
He was the second president of the Belair-Edison Improvement Association, now Belair-Edison Community Association.
"He was all about good neighbors. It did not matter about the color of their skin or their religion," said Kelley Ray, a former president. "He was a rock in the neighborhood and in his church, too."
In 2002, Mayor Martin O'Malley signed a proclamation honoring Mr. Lelonek's many years of community service.
A reader of daily newspapers, he was also a prolific letter writer to The Baltimore Sun. He had more than 150 letters published in the past 20 years.
"In his letters, he didn't lean Democrat or Republican," said his son, Robert Lelonek of Bel Air. "He was about what was right for the people and for the city of Baltimore."
A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Little Flower Church, 3500
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Frances M. Doroba; another son, Richard L. Lelonek Jr. of