Ira `Slim' Benjamin, 91, Baltimore schools employee

April 26, 2003

Ira "Slim" Benjamin, a retired Baltimore public school maintenance worker, died of pneumonia Wednesday at a nursing home in Wilson, N.C. He was 91.

Mr. Benjamin was born in Florence, S.C., and reared in Edgecomb County, N.C. He came to Baltimore in the early 1940s, and went to work for the Sherwood Food Mill on President Street. He later worked for city public schools in the maintenance division until retiring in 1974. After years of living on Bond Street, Mr. Benjamin moved to Wilson in 1976.

He was married for 45 years to the former Ethel Galloway, who died in 1985. He also was known by family members and friends as a diehard baseball fan.

Plans for services in Wilson, N.C., were incomplete yesterday.

Mr. Benjamin is survived by two sons, Booker T. Benjamin and Ira Avance, both of Baltimore; five daughters, Ruth Cutter of Forest Hills, N.Y., Iris Benjamin, Vivian Benjamin, Janet Speight and Joan Avance, all of Baltimore; two sisters, Mozella Hunter of Elm City, N.C., and Virginia Farmer of Landover; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

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