Calman Zamoiski

Calman J. Zamoiski Jr.

January 2, 1928 - February 10, 2021
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    Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Friday, February 12th, 2021 1:00pm


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Calman J. (Buddy) Zamoiski, Jr. died of natural causes at his Eastern Shore home on February 10, 2021, at the age of 93.

A life-long Baltimorean, he was a successful businessman who contributed much of his time to many cultural, medical, environmental, and political aspects of the city and state he loved.
He served as Chairman of the Board of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (twice), as President of the Board of the Baltimore Museum of Art, and as President of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation Baltimore. He also was a Trustee of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, The Community Foundation of Baltimore, and Mercantile Bank and Trust. He was a Trustee and Vice-chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and instrumental in the creation of BAY license plates. (He was proud that his plate was BAY 002, and Governor Schaefer’s was BAY 001.) He was honored to be called upon for help by political, business, and community leaders and his input left an indelible mark on the city and state.

As chairman of The Zamoiski Co. and Independent Distributors, Inc., a wholesale distribution business that his grandfather, Joseph M. Zamoiski, founded in 1896, he expanded the company’s size and product range to include housewares, flooring, appliances, TV’s and radios, wine, and more. He built a large state-of-the art distribution center on Waterview Avenue. The plaque on his desk said “If not, why not.”

He loved going to great restaurants, in Baltimore and abroad, and enjoyed great food and wine.
He entertained family and friends, and hosted many events for the institutions and politicians he supported. He loved to travel, whether to Europe or on fishing and hunting trips. He supported all of the cultural institutions in Baltimore, had season tickets for all of the city’s theaters, and lifelong memberships in every museum and the symphony. He was a devoted Orioles fan and had front row season tickets since the team came to Baltimore in 1954. He enjoyed biking and running, and would run 7 to 8 miles three times a week until his mid 70’s. He loved to hunt, fish, and take his boat onto the Chesapeake Bay. He especially loved his house on the Tred Avon River near Easton, where he was surrounded by water, beautiful open views, ducks, and nature.

He is survived by his daughter Clair Segal; his sister, Louise Z. Barber; daughter-in-law Dr. Joan Berkowitz Zamoiski Rogers (Jonathan); granddaughters Rachel (Jason) Soifer of Bethesda and Catherine (Peter) Halprin of New York; great-grandchildren James Halprin, Lila Halprin, Julia Soifer and Anna Soifer; step-grandsons Matthew (Stacie) Rogers and Adam (MaryCarol) Rogers; step-great grandsons Joseph Soifer and Harrison Rogers; devoted assistant for 32 years and friend to the end Patricia (Dave) French; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of more than 60 years, the former Ellen Levi, his son James L. Zamoiski, and his brother Joseph Zamoiski.

Funeral services and interment are private. Contributions in his memory may be made to the James L. Zamoiski Scholarship Fund at the Friends School of Baltimore, 5114 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21210.
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Ann Saunders

Posted at 03:48pm
Dear Clair, Weezy, and Joan,
I was sad to read of the death of your father, brother, and father-in-law. He was the lynchpin of our city. I also appreciate how helpful he was when my late husband, Andy, set up practice in 1973. Heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Marcy & Buzz Kolodny

Posted at 12:37pm
We are deeply saddened at the Death of our dear friend Buddy. We have wonderful memories of both Ellen & Buddy over the years. After the passing of Ellen we spent a lot of time with Buddy. Personally I will miss him as he mentored me in so many areas and gave me wonderful advice. What he did for our city will long be remembered.
Buzz and I will always look back and smile when we think about going down to Easton and all wearing our Camp Zamoiski t-shirts. Buzz worked for Buddy for a number of years and always told me stories. We will both miss him.
Marcy & Buzz

Martha and Stan Weiman

Posted at 11:24am
Claire, our deepest condolences on the passing of your Father May all the fond memories give you solace at this difficult time

jessica Bronfein

Posted at 10:46pm
Such fond memories, our deepest sympathy.
Jessica and Michael Bronfein

Paula Harris

Posted at 09:51pm
Claire - No matter how old you are, it’s always difficult to lose a parent. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ed Brager

Posted at 04:31pm
Zamoiski Family
Learned a lot working for Buddy during my early years that helped me in my future business endeavors.
Baltimore will miss him. Rest in peace.

Betsy Ringel

Posted at 01:17pm
Dear Clair - Thinking of you and sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your father Buddy, a man of many accomplishements who lived a full and meaningful life. Sending love and comfort, Betsy

Barbara Lichtenberg

Posted at 10:30am
Dear Clair & Louise:
Your Dad and brother became an integral part of my life for 64 years. Moreover, Buddy is my son’s godfather. His caring, devoted & charismatic manner displayed his strong character throughout his endless endeavors. Buddy’s zest for life and his selflessness was obvious to all. Truly a great man who will be missed by all who knew him.

edie brown

Posted at 10:16am
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time. Buddy lived a full and caring life and left his mark on many institutions . Hopefully these memories will give you comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Jay Silverman

Posted at 09:11am
To the family of Buddy Zamoiski...please accept our condolences on your loss. Our late father Herb Silverman worked for Zamoiski’s for over 42 years. Buddy’s kindness and generosity to our dad and family thru out the years will always be remembered .

Bennett Goldstein

Posted at 07:56am
Clair and Louise my sincerest sympathies on Buddy’s passing. In addition to all the great things he did he also taught me a lot. I will always be greatful.


Posted at 07:47am
To the Family of the Late Buddy Zamoiski, I knew Buddy and Ellen for years. They were a wonderful couple and I have many fond memories of them. Buddy was an outstanding, bright and caring individual and will be missed by many. My deepest sympathy to all his loved ones and may your memories bring you comfort at this most difficult time. HelenePennDorf

Paula Hollinger

Posted at 07:45am
Clair, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father! There are so many things that Baltimore and the state of Maryland is better for the contributions of your dad! We will always be grateful he was our Buddy!
My Deery condolences!

Jeff & Susie Lieman

Posted at 07:40am
Clare, so sorry to hear of passing of your father. May the memories be a blessing.

Mark Himelfarb

Posted at 06:55am
Truly a great guy. Thanks for your inspiration. Rest In Peace “Buddy” My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Hyll Watner Krevolin

Posted at 06:47am
Clair and family,.I was sorry to hear about Buddy. He was a great man!!! Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family!

Susan Smolen

Posted at 06:15am
Mr. Zamoiski may have been a Baltimore icon. A hunter and outdoorsman. However to me, Mr Zamoiski was a kind, and friendly person. I worked as a Dental Hygienist for several years. Starting with Ben Jacobs and working for Bob Spiegel. The Zamoiski family was always a pleasure to see as my patients. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Stuart R. Weinstein

Posted at 02:44am
A Baltimore Icon. He will be missed and never forgotten.

Bob Schaftel

Posted at 10:51pm
Rest in peace.

Craig Meister

Posted at 05:12pm
Dear Rachel, Caki, Clair, Joan, and the entire Zamoiski Family,

Buddy was the dream family patriarch. Yet, blessedly, for you, he was real! And his memory will live forever. I'll always remember the love he had for all of you (and what felt like love for everyone with whom he interacted) and his zest for living life to the fullest. May we carry on his joyful and wise approach to living and giving. Your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Joel Simon

Posted at 01:06pm
Clare and Louise, please accept my condolences on the passing of your father and brother. May his memory be a blessing to your entire family

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