John Paterakis, Multimillionaire Baker and Baltimore Developer, Dies

John Paterakis Sr. the risk-taking Baltimore native who built his H&S Bakery into the largest privately owned bakery in the country and redeveloped Harbor East, died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications of myelodysplasia, a bone marrow disorder, his family said. He was 87.

He was known in local political circles for his financial support for candidates, most of them Democrats. He became known as “the bread man,” a reference not only to his bakery but also his financial clout and political influence.