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Edward Leonard Budzynski Jr.

November 5, 1938October 1, 2020
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Edward Leonard Budzynski Jr., 81 of Stafford, passed away at Mary Washington Hospital on Thursday, October 1, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife, Margaret; daughter, Deanna Budzynski; three brothers, Leonard Budzynski, John Budzynski and William Budzynski; and three sisters, Mary, Cangeme, Martha O’Bryant, and Marian Moldan. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Budzynski and brother, Joseph Budzynski. Edward served 22 years in the US Navy, his highest rank was Master Chief Petty Officer; he was very proud of this achievement. He loved the Navy, he served on USS Bailey and a nuclear submarine. Along the way he received many awards for his achievements. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or Dementia Society of America. Online condolences may be sent at mullinsthompsonstafford.com

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Len Budzynski

October 13, 2020

CONT . He achieved the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.
Shorty after finishing culinary school, he married the love of his life, Marge. He made a career of the Navy. He served on several ships a submarine and shore assignments over his twenty two year career. However, his first ship and his favorite was the destroyer USS Kenneth D Bailey. We didn’t see much of each other while we were in the Navy; however, our ships were in the Mediterranean in 1958 and we did get together in Naples Italy. We had a great time reminiscing and looking for and finding the world best pizza. My brother Joe was assigned to the Bailey and served with Ed in 1959. I didn’t make a career of the Navy.
After getting out of the Navy, Ed and Marge settled in Stafford, VA in a house that Ed built. He worked for the Defense Department in Washington DC. During those years we got together at Mom and Dad’s house in Glen Burnie Md at family reunions, etc, again bonding. Over the years we stayed in contact via the phone, visits and email. The blow came when he was put into Poet’s Walk almost 2 years ago for dementia. We still stayed in contact by phone several times a week. It was hard on Ed when Covid-19 hit, he couldn’t have visitors and was restricted to his room. Being restricted I think had an impact on his mental health. My brother John was also in constant contact with Ed and managed to take him to Walter Reed, shortly before his death.
A lot of you are likely asking yourselves why Ed’s life was taken away from us so soon. There is no answer to this question and I know that Ed would not want us to be sad. He would want us to remember all of the fun times we spent together. Ed was an incredible brother and friend. Let’s remember what a great person he was and make sure that his memory continues on in our hearts forever. Rest in peace Brother!
John 3-16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Len Budzynski

October 12, 2020

Ed and I were only two years apart in age and because of that we became very close. I was the older brother. Like all brothers we had our disagreements growing up, but no matter what the argument we always settled it quickly and remained best friends. When we were kids we lived in a small house on Bethel St in Baltimore Md and had to share a room for many years with our younger brother Joe. We often stayed up late at night talking, reading comic books or playing games. We developed a special bond that lasted to this day.
Growing up he got his first job at a young age of 12. Ed was a hard worker; his first job was working in a produce market in east Baltimore on the weekends during the school year. He would start 6 a.m. Saturday morning and work to around 8 in the evening. His next job was working at our Uncle Frank’s bakery. This job determined what he would do and excel at in the future.
We both attended the same high school, Mergenthaler Vocational – Technical High School. Following his love of baking he took “Commercial Baking”. Because of how close we were in age shared a lot of the same friends. He was far more outgoing than I was, but this served me well because he was always introducing me to new people. Here at Mergenthaler he met his sweetheart and future wife Marge.
Like what normally happens we started to take our own paths in life, I left home and joined the Navy. After graduating from high school Ed decided to also join the Navy. After boot camp he attended Navy Culinary Specialist School. He received receive extensive training in cooking, baking, dining and living area management. He learned how to prepare menus, order food items, operate kitchen and dining facilities, and keep records for food supplies and financial budgets. Ed had a real knack for creating culinary master pieces. In his later years he won many awards for his culinary skills and served as personal food service specialists for high ranking officers both aboard ship and at shore bases.

George Runkle

October 12, 2020

We spent 20 years as next door neighbors on Merrimac Drive and were so impressed with how industrious and hardworking Ed (Bud) was. Deanna even helped us when we needed new glasses some years ago. We saw him on occasion after moving when visiting family and friends in Aquia Harbour. He will be so missed.

Nick Nichols

October 11, 2020

To Margaret and the Budzynski Family,

On behalf of the Charleston Base SUBVETS and Swamp Fox Chapter SUBVETS WWII, I offer you our sincere condolences on Ed’s passing. We grieve with you on the death of your loved one and our shipmate. The SUBVETS will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. There is no expiration date on the back of our dolphins and Ed, who earned his 'fish' when he qualified on USS BECUNA SS-319, will always be remembered as a “Brother of the Phin” and a great Patriot. BRAVO ZULU SHIPMATE!!

CSCM(SS) Edward Leonard Budzynski, Jr.
US Navy Submarine Veteran Retired
Now on Eternal Patrol
Sailor Rest Your Oar
Your Shipmates Have The Watch

Fair Winds and Following Seas Shipmate

Charleston Base Submarine Veterans
Nick Nichols, MTCM(SS) USN Ret.
Base Chaplain

Gerald Sutts

October 8, 2020

Ed and I, along with my wife Gloria, became good friends while Ed and my wife were residents at Poet's Walk Memory Care, Fredericksburg. We had lunch together daily over several months before the facility closed to visitors because of COVID-19. I did get to visit with Ed a few times over the past few months when it was permitted. I will truly miss Ed as we were both past military, he in the Navy and me in the Air Force. May God be with him and my blessings to his wife

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