Andre Budd

Andre Budd (Handout, Baltimore Sun / September 11, 2011)

Andre Budd, a Polish immigrant and self-made businessman who established a Highlandtown machine shop, died Wednesday from complications after kidney surgery at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

The Sparks resident was 77.

The son of a factory worker and a housekeeper, Mr. Budd was born in Warsaw, Poland. After his father died in a concentration camp, Mr. Budd and his mother and brother left Poland and immigrated to New York, landing at Ellis Island.

"I think his mother had $3, and they made their way to Baltimore where their sponsor lived," said his son, Andre T. "Andy" Budd of Lutherville. "They settled into a small house Old Court Road and Falls Road in Brooklandville."

Mr. Budd attended county schools and later earned his General Education Development diploma.

He was working as a machinist at Western Electric Corp. when he started Budd Machine Craft Inc. of Highlandtown in the 3300 block of E. Fayette St. in 1968.

He retired about 15 years ago and closed the business.

"My father always spoke broken English. He sounded at times like the comedian Norm Crosby who always used the wrong word at times," his son said.

"Highlandtown is a tight-knit community, but he was always trying to give people jobs. If they needed a handout or a loan, he gave it to them. He never turned anyone away," said Mr. Budd. "He had lived the American dream and wanted to help."

Mr. Budd was an avid rose gardener and enjoyed collecting coins.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Also surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Eleanor L. Croghan; a daughter, Monica L. Newcomb of York, Pa.; a brother, Richard Budd of Severna Park; a sister, Ada Lopez of Chicago; and four grandchildren. Another daughter, Anne Marie Budd, died earlier this year.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com