Edward V. Rutkowski
1946 - 2019
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On July 18,2019, Edward V. Rutkowski, instrumental in the development of the Patterson Park Public Charter School, devoted husband to Kay L. Rutkowski (nee Anderson), beloved brother to Martha McGriff (Billy), Michael Rutkowski (Betsy) and Jean Hoffman. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Family and friends may gather at LILLY & ZEILER INC. FUNERAL HOME, 1901 Eastern Ave./21231 on Monday from 3-8 p.m. Further visitation will be held in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Tuesday from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. followed by a Catholic Prayer Service. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Edward's name to www.pppcs.org.

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Published in Baltimore Sun from Jul. 20 to Jul. 21, 2019.
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St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
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July 25, 2019
So sad to hear about Ed's Death. I worked with him at Paterson Park CDC and have many fond memories! I am glad he had an extended life after his heart attack. He accomplished so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jo Ann Holback
July 23, 2019
I am so sorry Kay, I just found out on a FB post. I missed the services and would like to know how I can comfort you in your loss in the next few days. So glad that you both visited earlier this year. Ed was a wonderful, kind man. Bren
Bren Curtis
July 22, 2019
The people who knew, loved, and respected Ed have lost an extraordinary friend, partner, leader, mentor. Baltimore City has lost an advocate of singular integrity, intelligence, and heart.

We are blessed in Baltimore with a community of people who care passionately about the vibrancy of the city and work hard and effectively to make it a better place. But noone so much as Ed.

I bought my first house in Baltimore in Patterson Park because of Ed. We teamed up to launch a number of local and State initiatives and my favorite memories of Ed will always be making those plans--at Jimmy's, on our way to Annapolis...Our favorite joint effort was the Live Near Your Work program, which thanks to the partners that initiative mobilized--most generously, Johns Hopkins--has been an important tool in the revitalization of many city neighborhoods, multiplying Ed's impact beyond Patterson Park.

Until his very last days, Ed was working with the Central Baltimore Partnership and the Greater Greenmount Community Association to chart a strategy for the revival of the East Baltimore Midway community. We and our partners are immeasurably grateful to have had this time, and our hearts are so heavy with this loss.

Thank you, Ed, for all the ways you made Baltimore better, for your friendship, and for your great spirit, inspiration and hard work.
Ellen Janes
July 22, 2019
Jacqueline Teague Aburn
July 22, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. I admired
him for his skills, his sense of community and his community organizing. He had a gift of turning ideas into action. We both enjoyed Polish sausage, were frustrated by federal bureaucracy and wanted our neighborhoods to be the best they could be.
It was a pleasure to work with him.
Senator Barbara Mikulski (Ret.)
July 22, 2019
One of the few people who knew what it took to stabilize a community and move it upward. And, he did that. Thank you, Ed.
John Ciekot
July 21, 2019
Ed was a true visionary of grass roots community development. Southeast Baltimore and the City owes much to his steadfast approach and commitment. I learned much from him and will miss his insight and wisdom
Al Barry
Al Barry
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July 21, 2019
So sad to lose someone so young, who gave so much of himself to benefit others. May you rest in eternal peace .
Chester Keough
July 21, 2019
Chester Keough
July 20, 2019
Ed was a great guy. I had the pleasure of working with him when I served on the board of PPPCS. My condolences to his family.
Carnitra White
July 20, 2019
Dear Ed, You did so much to make the world a better place. I have barely a glimpse of your family life, which has, no doubt, been a blessing to you and your family. My closer knowledge is, of course, the work you did to save Patterson Park from the ravages of decline. There is no one else I know for whom it can be said that this man saved a neighborhood. This may not be your most important legacyfamily matters morebut it is gift you have given to the people of Baltimore and the residents of Patterson Park Your gift to me was your creativity, risk taking and determination to make the world a better place, and I thank you for it from the bottom of my heart. God bless you. Paul Brophy
July 19, 2019
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July 19, 2019
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I will miss everything about Ed. A wonderful human being, a man that inspires you to do more for mankind, and a great asset to Baltimore.
Edward Sharp
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