Robert Marc `Buzz' Berman, 56, businessman, coach

November 17, 2005

Robert Marc "Buzz" Berman, a retired businessman who had been an assistant football coach at Loyola High School, died of a heart attack Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 56.

Mr. Berman was born in Baltimore and raised on Glen Avenue. He was a 1967 graduate of City College and attended what is now Baltimore City Community College and the University of Baltimore.

In 1975, Mr. Berman joined his father, Sol Berman, owner of Baltimore Rustproof Co. on North Exeter Street. He later was president of the company, which closed in 1987.

He subsequently owned several other businesses, and until last month was a permit coordinator for A. J. Michaels, a Baltimore plumbing and heating contractor, where he had worked since 2000.

A lifelong Colts and Ravens football fan, Mr. Berman had coached youth football for many years with the Towson Recreation Council. In 1981, he was hired by Loyola High School as an assistant freshman football coach, a job he held for 15 years.

A thoroughbred racing fan, he had attended 40 runnings of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and all three legs of the 1978 Triple Crown won by Affirmed, family members said.

A former longtime Lutherville resident who had recently moved to Timonium, he was a member of Beth Jacob Congregation.

Services were Tuesday.

Surviving are his wife of seven years, Rebecca Funk; a son, Matthew H. Berman, and two daughters, Katie M. Berman and Emily F. Berman, all of Stoneleigh; and several nieces and nephews. His marriage to the former Margaret "Mike" Cooper ended in divorce.

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