Benton Pumpian

Benton J. Pumpian

February 26, 1927 - January 21, 2021
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    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Sunday, January 24th, 2021 12:00pm


Donations are being accepted for:
Peggy Ellen Pumpian Memorial Fund

Central Scholarship Fund
6 Park Center Court, Suite 211, Owings Mills, MD 21117


Benton J. Pumpian, of Aventura, FL, passed away on Thursday, January 21st, 2021 at the age of 93. He is survived by his children, Amy Elias (Richard Pearlstone) and Michael Pumpian; his dear partner, Shirley Liss and the Pearlstone Family - PJ, Karen, Zach, Jordan, Remy and Jacqueline. He was predeceased by his daughter, Peggy Pumpian and parents, Irene and Benjamin Pumpian.

If there was fun to be had, a joke to be told, a game to be played, a trip to be taken, a tennis ball to hit, a bike to ride, a song to dance to or a brownie to be eaten, Ben was front and center. He lived a long and happy life, always seeing the best side of everyone and everything. He will be missed by friends and family in Baltimore, Aventura, Delray, Atlantic City, Forte dei Marmi and beyond.

Services are private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Peggy Ellen Pumpian Memorial Fund-Central Scholarship Fund, 6 Park Center Court, Suite 211, Owings Mills, MD 21117.
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Beth Sandler Adler and Les Adler

Posted at 12:43pm
Dear Amy , Michael, and family.
Les and I send our deepest sympathy.
I can remember the tennis games-friendly rivalry-friendship, between your dad, my dad, Micky M. and Howard R. as if it were yesterday. It was a Kodak period of time, always imprinted in my memory.

charles Rudy

Posted at 06:21pm
What a wonderful human being. Funny, serious, kind, gentle. Barbara and I will miss him.
Condolences to his family and to Shirley. We always enjoyed being with the two of you.
Chick Rudy and Barbara Fisher

Stewart H Rosenberg

Posted at 03:17pm
Amy, I will always remember the good times being around your father. He will live on in our memories. Stewart

Steve Hecht, Grapeview, WA

Posted at 06:46pm
Amy and Richard,
Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family.

sybil garonzik Kolodny

Posted at 12:37pm
Dear Amy,Richard,Michael and family
When i was learning how to play tennis, my first doubles match on the hard courts at Druid Hill park against Amy and Harold Burgin. My Partner was Benton.
He was extremely kind to me since i was the worst player on the court and of course, . His party words were, "just practice"... since Amy and Harold slaughtered us... Benton was always entertaining with a smile on his face . He will be truly missed. My thoughts are with you at this sad time..
Best Sybil

Jeannie Marcus

Posted at 10:15am
It’s with a heavy heart after learning of Ben’s passing that I share this. Not only for him but for Peggy. Peggy, our babysitter, was a brave soul undertaking sitting for our 3 boys, 18 months and younger. She was smart, bright, and full of life like her father, Benton. Hopefully they’ve reconnected on the other side.
Amy, Michael, all of your family and his many friends will miss his humor, his smiling face and the little devil that lived in the corner of his eyes.


Alvin Lapidus

Posted at 07:24pm
I am so sorry for your and my loss. Benton taught me how to play tennis ,brought me to Turnberry and showed m how to live. I cannot believe he is gone. He will be missed

Carol and Robert Keehn

Posted at 07:22pm
Dear Amy and family
We extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Eddie Jacobson

Posted at 05:37pm
Amy and Michael,
My sincere condolences to you both on the loss of our dear Benton. He was one of a kind! I was fortunate to have spent many many joyful hours with Benton. What a teacher! I'll miss him too!


Posted at 02:20pm
We offer our sincere condolences to the Pumpian family. We have fond memories of our time spent together at Woodholme. Benton was fun to be around and a legend on the tennis court. He never needed to warm up. I will always remember his words when he walked on the court for a match. " Serve them up "

Edie & Stan Brown & Family

Posted at 02:00pm
Dear Amy Ritchie & Michael
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. We all share so many fond memories & these will hopefully sustain you at this difficult time.Benton-the Iron Man-gone too soon

Timothy Lewis

Posted at 12:56pm
I’ll refer to Mr Pumps as his nickname given to him and I like it. We had a great dinner in Atlantic City and he was a happy fella with lots of great stories. I really appreciated his company and when I would see him he always asked how I was doing! Congratulations on a long happy life and see you in the next one! I’m sorry for your loss Amy.

Alan and Randi Foreman

Posted at 12:30pm
We share a special bond with the Pumpian family born out of unspeakable tragedy. Ben took us under his wing as if we were his family. We have decades of countless memories. We thought Ben would live forever. He was one-of-a kind. In my last conversation with Ben, he spoke with such pride about Amy's success and accomplishments and how ironic it was that we would connect professionally on keeping the Preakness in Baltimore at Pimlico and the new redevelopment of the racetracks. We are sad and will miss him. Our deepest condolences.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 12:29pm
To all who mourn for
Benton J. Pumpian
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Rosanne (Fellerman) Horowitz

Posted at 11:46am
Amy and Family, so very sorry for your loss.

Faith Schreiber Feingold

Posted at 11:39am
Dear Amy,
My sincerest sympathy.
Ronnie and I shared many happy times with your dad, including a trip to Israel. He had a terrific sense of humor and was always fun to be with.
My wish is that the happy memories will remain with you always.

Bob Schaftel

Posted at 11:28am
Amy,So sorry for your loss....May he rest in peace.

Michael & Tsipi

Posted at 11:23am
Dear Amy and Family, Our heartfelt condolences to all of you, Ben was an Original and was adored because of that. There was not a setting he was not perfectly comfortable in, and not welcomed into. No matter the grouping, he was the youngest guy at the table, and the quickest mind at work. To his credit, he will be missed in so many ways by so many people. May you know no more sorrow.
Michael & Tsipi

Barry and Susy Green

Posted at 10:25am

I have known Benton my whole life. His parents lived upstairs from my family when I was born, and they were my godparents. As I grew up, I worked for Benton a couple of summers. I idolized him, especially when he was able to retire at such a young age. Whenever I saw him throughout the years, he was always friendly. Benton was a guy who enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.
May you be comforted by your many happy memories of your dad.

Ilene Spector

Posted at 10:16am
When my young sister and I moved to Baltimore with our very young widow mother, we lived upstairs from Irene Pumpian. She was so proud of her son Benton, and his clothing shop. And she was so wonderful and supportive to our mother. I remember Benton visiting his mother on many occasions. RIP Benton Pumpian.

Kathy (Schnaper) Silverstein

Posted at 09:21am
Dear Amy and Michael, I can still remember, when my father passed away, your father told me a funny story about my father on a boat.
Sorry for your loss. May all your good memories get you through this difficult time.

Janet and Richard Livingston

Posted at 09:19am
So very sorry for your loss. May his memory be for a blessing and bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Sylvan & Susie Feldman

Posted at 09:16am
Dear Amy & Family,
Sending our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your beloved father. He always left us with a smile on our face.
Sylvan & Susie

Sandy Pertnoy-Perel

Posted at 08:36am
Dear Amy: so sorry read the loss of your father. He was so kind to us giving us advice when we opened the tennis bum. May his memory be a blessing.

Iris B Pressman

Posted at 08:29am
Dear Amy and Michael, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I am a distant cousin. My father was Henry O. Berman. I have fond memories of your father and his parents, Irene and Ben. May his memory be a blessing.

Margie Kovens

Posted at 07:56am
Dear Amy,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a kind nice guy. I know he will be Greatly missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

Posted at 11:17pm
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation clergy, lay leaders and members offer their condolences to the family of Benton J. Pumpian .  We hope that you are comforted by warm memories and support of family, friends and community.  
May his memory be forever a blessing.

Anne & Steve King

Posted at 06:50pm
Amy, It was so obvious your dad made everyday count! We hope the wonderful memories you hold in your heart will help you through these difficult days.

Paul Wye Nochumowitz

Posted at 05:40pm
Amie Sue and I send our deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your dad.
I was so very fortunate to have been invited to join him for dinner on several occasions.
I certainly won’t forget those times.
That was so enjoyable for me. What a sweet gentleman he was.
He surely will be missed!


bobby and adrianne

Posted at 04:40pm
your dad was one of my buddies as you know.i will miss him terribly, it was only several weeks ago when we spent time together and for a change he was dressed impeccably and his wit and conversation carried the whole night. will miss our golf and pitch games, and i could be wrong but i think his last words were SLEEP ACE

Amy and Albert Harris

Posted at 04:11pm
Benton was a dear friend and a one of a kind gentleman. We always loved spending time with him . He will be deeply be missed by everyone. Our deepest sympathies.

Jill Thomas Anthony

Posted at 03:28pm
Dear Amy,
It sure looked like your dad had the fountain of youth figured out. May you be blessed with wonderful memories.

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