BALTIMORE — Harry Tsakalos, co-founder of H&S Bakery, died Sept. 6. He was 93 years old.
Mr. Tsakalos, along with his father-in-law Isidore “Steve” Paterakis, purchased Olga and Son Bakery in East Baltimore in 1943, reopening under the name H&S, the letters representing their first names. They started by making Italian bread by hand and baking it in an old brick flat-hearth oven.
H&S Bakery was incorporated in 1962, setting its sights on the rapidly growing food service industry. Today, H&S Bakery is one of the largest bakers on the East coast, producing more than 100 varieties of bread, rolls and specialty items. A subsidiary, Northeast Foods Inc., has been a major supplier to McDonald’s since 1965 and is now the fast-food chain's largest supplier of buns in the United States.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Liberty; a son, Nicholas, and his wife, Jeanne; three grandsons, Harry, Michael (Sylvia) and Christopher (Triantafilia); and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mr. Tsakalos’ memory to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Memorial gifts also may be made to the IOCC Foundation earmarked to the Harry and Liberty Tsakalos Endowment, 110 West Road, Suite 360, Baltimore, MD 21204.