Bruce Edward Baumann
1941 - 2020
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Bruce Edward Baumann, 79, of Erie, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at Bickford Senior Living Center, where he recently celebrated his 79th birthday with family and friends. He was born in Erie, on March 6, 1941, son of the late George E. and Louise M. (Spiesman) Baumann.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas R. Baumann and James R. Baumann, a sister, Patricia L. (Baumann) Hopsecger, and his wife of ten years, Patricia (Danch) Baumann.

Bruce is survived by his children, Jennifer and Ron Cortina, of Chicago, Illinois, Charlie and Michelle Baumann, of Orlando, Florida, Gary and Neha Baumann, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Randall Baumann, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Amy Baumann, of Los Angeles, California, and Bryan and Gretchen Baumann, of Erie, Pennsylvania. "Pa" is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Sarah Cortina, Emma Cortina, Lauren Cortina, Mary Baumann, Anna Baumann, Lucas Baumann, William Baumann, and Jacob Baumann.

He is also survived by a brother, Joseph C. Baumann, of Erie, Pennsylvania, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Bruce grew up around the Rugworks, located on East 5th Street. In 1958, Bruce enlisted in the United States Navy and, later, the United States Naval Reserve, where he proudly served his country for more than 25 years. He served for extended periods of time aboard the USS Neosho and the USS Alstede. During his years of service, Bruce earned the nickname "Ensign Pulver"—one of many earned throughout his lifetime—due to his penchant for mostly harmless mischief, as unofficial Morale Officer of the ship.

Bruce owned Baumann Bros. Carpetowne, where he worked his entire life. A proud fourth-generation carpet man, he cherished the relationships he built with thousands of customers, distributors and loyal employees, many of whom worked with Bruce for decades.

Bruce was most recently a devout parishioner at St. James, R.C. Church in Wesleyville. He relished in Fr. McCormick's 22-minute services. He was previously a member of Mt. Calvary Catholic Church, where he was a faithful parishioner for decades, and where he organized several 1950s-themed dances. He was a steadfast attendee at "Peanut Night" at May's Tavern and a member at several local clubs, too many to list, really.

Bruce always displayed a remarkable ability to organize events and parties for his friends and family. He volunteered for countless organizations. He was an original Board Member for Erie Youth Soccer Association, where he also served as Eastside Director. In 1977, he helped organize and sponsor an exhibition game at Veteran's Stadium featuring the United States Men's Olympic Soccer Team. For years, he organized and sponsored Punt, Pass & Kick competitions at Veterans Stadium. Beyond sports, he often used his home to host parties for charitable causes, like the Alzheimer's Association. He arranged "Choir Practice" at local establishments for several friends, where nary a note was sung. He loved to go "fishing" in Canada with his brother, Tom…but failed to catch any actual fish at the casinos. He also loved to organize "Rip-Baum Production" junkets to Las Vegas. Incredibly, the Hotel San Remo in Las Vegas named Bruce its Customer of the Year, not because he was a high-roller—far from it—but because of the fun atmosphere "Mr. Pennsylvania" helped create when he was there. More recently, he helped organize the Flag Brigade, through which he enlisted the help of his friends to help place thousands of American flags on bridges throughout the area. He also organized Navy lunches, where dozens of veterans gathered on a monthly basis.

Bruce shared his father George's love for fast pitch softball. Through Baumann Bros. Carpetowne, the "RugMen" remained a fixture in the City Rec League and elsewhere for over 50 years. He organized several tournaments over the years. The most notable was The George Baumann Memorial Fast Pitch Tournament, which brought the best players in the world to the ballfields at 11th and Hess. Bruce also founded the Erie Codgers, an over-50 softball league where players competed for the "Grey Cup," though priority was most often given to tailgate parties after the games. Each Codger season culminated with a banquet, over which Bruce presided until recently, making sure everyone in the league was "recognized" in some way.

In 2007, Bruce's contributions to sports in Erie were publicly recognized, when he was inducted into the Metro Erie Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, alongside his son, Charlie.

Despite devoting his time to so many causes, Bruce still somehow found time to become immersed in nearly everything his kids did. He loved his kids more than anything. Whether it was watching his kids perform live on stage, play football, basketball, soccer, or baseball, Bruce was there, in between measuring customers' homes, proudly cheering on his kids and their friends. Distance was never an issue. With games at Behrend College, Hammermill Field, Morgantown, West Virginia, Foxboro, Massachusetts, or any point in between, Bruce would be there. He'd manage to bring friends along, too, and somehow gain sideline access where he captured great shots of his kids and their teammates. If his kids weren't playing, you could find Bruce at any number of sporting events, especially Erie Seawolves games in recent years. He also loved attending Jazz Fest with his kids, spending hours on end in the Economy Hall Tent, where his family gathered to celebrate his 70th birthday.

Bruce thought the world of his grandkids, and loved sharing "Pa Sandwiches" with them, no matter the time of day. He treated his kids' friends like his own. Soon, they all came to regard him as their own friend, often calling him "Hoss" or "Pa," rarely Mr. Baumann. (That was his dad's name.) No small feat.

He never missed an opportunity to share his incredible sense of humor. Never. Stories abound. Nobody was as quick or funny. He always kept you on your toes, and did everything he could to make sure you were having fun. There was no place he loved more than his backyard, and he loved sharing it with his friends. He spent thousands of hours planting flowers, making sure his yard was "manicured," and ready for a party at a moment's notice. There was always time to enjoy a "Foamy" and watch the sunset. (continues)

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Published in Erie Times-News from Mar. 26 to Mar. 29, 2020.
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May 8, 2020
Sending sympathies to the family and friends of Bruce. Bruce was a great guy. We were on the Alstede at the same time for a short period of time. When he attended the Alstede reunions, everyone knew Bruce. He definitely kept the party going. He was not able to the last reunion, and was sorely missed. Bruce will always be remembered.
Gene Hopper
April 12, 2020
To a old friend and ship mate.Bruce made business with pleasure.Truly a for real individual.My deepest condolences to all of the family.
Otis Barnes
April 11, 2020
If you're fortunate in this life you possibly meet 3 or 4 really amazing people. If you were truly blessed you met Bruce! Simply one of the greatest guys any of us will every know. Thanks Bruce for just being you.
Tim Allburn
April 8, 2020
To the Baumann family: I met your Dad when I was stationed at the Naval Reserve Center Erie back in 1978 - 1981. He was a great friend and I will cherish the memories we made as Navy shipmates. He was a proud Father and always spoke highly of you all. Rest in Peace my friend. Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Paul Coverdale
April 7, 2020
To the Baumann family,
So very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. So many great memeries. Came flooding back. Chuck really valued his friendship. It really is an end of an era,
Jeanne (Mrs Chuck) Bauder
April 2, 2020
Our sincere condolences to the entire Bauman family. What an amazing tribute to your Dad. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Marc & Marybeth (Habursky)Hamm
March 31, 2020
To the Baumann family, My deepest condolences on the passing of Bruce.He was truly the King of the Codgers.He made every game a special event with his I JUST HAVE A FEW ANNOUCEMENTS TO MAKE, that delayed the start of each and every game by at least 15 min or so. A joyess 15 min i might add!REST IN PEACE MR. CODGER. YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT NOT FORGOTTEN. Jerry (BO-LEGGED FLEX) Ranowiecki
March 31, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Bruce from when I was a little girl. Our families always got together at Joe and Jackie Baumann's. We always had fun back then. Good memories.
Mary Nagy
March 30, 2020
We were so sorry to hear about Bruce. There are no words to describe how we are feeling or even how much a part of our lives Bruce was. We will miss him and remember him often. So many stories to relive. So many years of friendship. Rest easy my friend. You have our deepest sympathy and our prayers. Stay safe.
Dave "Doc" & Sue Bithell
March 30, 2020
Dear family of Bruce,
Know how proud your dad was of each of you. I can remember him telling me about each of your many accomplishments that he felt were noteworthy. He will live on in your memories. God bless and keep you in his care during this difficult time.
Jane (Cassano) Culmer
Jane Culmer
March 30, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of this terrible loss! Erie lost a good one, growing up at Mt. Calvary, everyone wanted to be a Baumann! He was a great family man, I know he will be deeply missed, my condolences to the family.
Rita (Adams) Mitchell
Rita Mitchell
March 30, 2020
I met Bruce once as a teenager when he rented his first apt. from my father on Parkway Dr. He put a spike into the wood mantel and Dad was not happy - never forgot that! Glad to see he went on to have a wonderful life and touched so many! God bless!
Debra Capell
March 29, 2020
What a truely wonderful man. I attended many choir practices with Bruce and you are correct. not a song was ever song! Attending conventions in Yegas and staying at the San Remo Hotel with Patty and Mr.Erie Pa.was a party of laughs.When my son was in eigth grade Bruce insisted on taking us to a West Virgina football gane, which came with a tailgate party,visits to areas not open for visitors and somehow a trip onto the field during the game with Bruce's reuseable press bands,my son having such a great time on that day latter attended and graduated from WVU!!! Bruce was one of the good guys in our bsiness Greg Thomas from Floor Expressions
March 29, 2020
A truly wonderful obituary for a truly wonderful man and an especially wonderful father. You are fortunate to have such lovely memories that will never leave you. We are grateful to have known Bruce. So sorry for your loss.
Dorene and David Phenneger
March 29, 2020
My condolences to the Baumann family. Bruce was always a great man to me when I came home on leave or a weekend pass. His jokes were ones to remember. His patriotism and respect for any veteran was always on display. Rest In Peace Bruce. You will be missed.
Buff Jackson
March 29, 2020
Bruce was certainly one of a kind! I enjoyed so much my trips to erie spending time with him and his friends. Definetly the highlight of my sale career. My best to the family. Regards Jack Siverling
March 29, 2020
Jack Siverling
March 29, 2020
Mr. Baumann was a visionary with his early leadership in the Erie soccer community. His work with others to create opportunity for kids to be involved in what was at the time a misunderstood and largely unknown sport has lead to lifelong friendships and a great outlet for players and families.
Thank you
Bill Kuhar
March 29, 2020
Let the memories of your Father provide you with comfort and serve as guidance.
Joe & Colleen Schnell
Joseph Schnell
March 28, 2020
Fair Winds & Following Seas to a great friend. We've worked together for more years than I can remember on the Navy Picnics. More T-shirts and things than anyone would believe. Tough loss but knowing he's in a better place. So long good buddy.

Ray Barber
Ray Barber
March 28, 2020
Great guy, great sense of humor. It was an honor to have known him and spend valuable, quality time with him.
Gary Rogers
March 28, 2020

Bruce Baumann....Departing
After many years at monthly Navy Luncheons (organized and MC'D by Bruce), and many years on the Flag Brigade (organized and managed by Bruce), putting American Flags all over Erie, Wesleyville, and Harborcreek. The bridges and ball fields are now silent. As sad as a loss that it is, it has to be a heavier loss for his family. Our condolences to all of his family, and thank you for sharing some of his life with us.
Marilyn Pheasant
March 28, 2020
To all of the Baumann's
Hanging out with your dad and uncle Joe as we watched the Galloping Ghosts play soocer is still one of my favorite memories of Erie - I know he is very proud of all of you - Listening to Randy on WDVE in the morning always bring back really fond memories of a man who really led a full life - I've tried to keep track of him through my wife'e uncle Carney Metzger and we'd laugh and smile about what a great guy he was. I know I share my condolences with everyone who ever met him. Your former coach Bill "Hildy" Hildenbrand
Bill Hildenbrand
March 28, 2020
A one man social event coordinator: sporting events, picnics, lunches, sunset viewing, holiday parties, Vegas trips, the list is endless. Bruce was a great friend and will be missed. My deepest sympathy.
Mary Runser
Mary Runser
March 28, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the Baumann family on the passing of Bruce an old friend and softball ally. many memories. GOD BLESS !
Cas Jarmolowicz
March 27, 2020
Karen Milewski
March 27, 2020
March 27, 2020

I am so sorry for hearing about your dad. What a wonderful life he lived. God bless you and your family.

Woj '85
Brian Wojcieck
March 27, 2020
Lots of prayers for the Baumann family. He was a great man and always made you feel welcomed at his home. Find strength in each other. Mary Queen Of Prep, Pray for Us.

Don Pulice Jr
March 27, 2020
Baumann family, very sorry for your loss. Sounds like he touched so many lives. You will all be together again in eternity.....
March 27, 2020
Our prayers are with all the Bauman family. Your dad was the greatest. He was so proud of his kids and always eager to talk about them. He was always eager to help everyone including me. The stories we have about Bruce we will always remember and laugh. We love you man
Walt & patty Seremet
March 27, 2020
Uncle Bruce, say hi to Mom up there... Have her make you a batch of her famous ammonia cookies and spider coffee... You will truly be missed, and I'm so blessed to call you my Uncle. So glad I was able to celebrate your birthday with you! May you be at peace now and rest beside the Lord! Love you very much!!
Carrie Hopsecger Aquila
March 26, 2020
Bruce and wife Patty at GTE picnic at Waldameer, 1991.
Without a doubt, Bruce was one of the most well-known and beloved people in Erie. Possessing an enormous heart and extraordinarily keen wit, he had a magnetic charm about him that made him the life of the party, at all parties, at all times. He was everybody's friend, and would do anything for you, and always had his fun while doing so. If ever there was one of a kind, it was Bruce. His passing marks the end of an era. I will sorely miss you, my dear friend.

My deepest sympathy to Bruce's family, Chuck Pora
March 26, 2020
I love you man
bernard fitch
March 26, 2020
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be the last of George and Louise's 5 kids. What a joy growing up in that family. The five of us working along side of each other for over 30 years. To Tom, Bruce, Jimmy and Patty, I will do my best to keep the Baumann legacy going. Since 1885.
Joe Baumann
March 26, 2020
We will miss the original & funniest Codger of all time! We have so many great memories of Bruce and as the host of the Codger banquets, he keep everyone laughing so hard that tears were running down our cheeks! Bruce had a way of lighting up the room and was never serious for too long. Even in the end, his sense of humor prevailed. We love ya, man! We send our deepest sympathy to the family.
Connie & Fred Solomon
March 26, 2020
So sorry, my Baumann brothers, for your loss. An important part to Erie sports history is gone but never forgotten.
Paul Cousins
March 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Baumann family. Your Dad was a friend of my Dad and shared the same passion for fast pitch softball. Your Dad was instrumental in guiding me towards soccer and football. Years later I was blessed to play for many Carpetowne Championship Teams the memories are endless. Rest In Peace my friend.Thank you for letting me be a part of your life.
Jon Habursky
March 26, 2020
I have to say this is by far the best obituary I've ever read! Bruce was one of a kind... My mom, H Joan' Rzepecki and Bruce hosted many outings as Ripp-Baum Productions. One such Event - St Paddy Trolley tour 1997 I met my husband Steve. The one funny story I have is Bruce & Patty attended our wedding in October 98 His card to us was a Xmas card. It was for I want to say $53:65. He said he wanted to use a Xmas card and added the cost of a real wedding card to our gift. LOL. RIP Bruce. Hope your enjoying a ice beer my Dad. Ronnie Ripp!
Ann Marie (Rzepecki) Tylman
March 26, 2020
Sorry for your loss!
Janet Hansen
March 26, 2020
Sorry I missed muster. See you in the harbor of
tranquillity. Don't forget to bring the softball
equipment to semaphore practice. Thanks for
the early liberty so I could take my family to Disney
World. I'll bring the pretzels to the next picnic.
Harry & Marcia Lombard
March 26, 2020
Bruce you were an awesome man and well respected i will always remember having fun at work with you and sadly miss you you were a great boss and friend my condolences for your family
troy zatkiewicz
March 26, 2020
Great role model for being a Dad From the early days of nurturing athletic skills (Punt, Pass & Kick) to supporting the boys' musical talents (Plato's Cave, et. al). He offered up Carpetowne and the Baumann basement as reliable practice spots for many late nights. Rugs Not Drugs.

Prayers go out to the whole family in this difficult stretch. Bruce raised a family of fighters and survivors. You'll get through it together. Love from the Walkers.
Matt Walker
March 26, 2020

To the family of Bruce, the Wilhelm family, James, Richard and Walter, will always remember Bruce and are very sorry for your loss.
Bruce, rest in peace my friend and may GOD keep you close to HIS heart, as HE carries you home, where there is no pain, only peace, clean carpets and good Softball. We were all born and grew up as members of the Edison School Neighborhood, where you were a major player, with your charitable giving, especially to Mount Calvary RC Church. The Hess Ave community, young and old, will always remember you and your family for what you brought to the sport of Softball.
Bruce, our visit several months ago will remain solid, as I remember the character of Bruce Baumann.
Another Road Agent has gone home.
GOD Bless
Walter C Wilhelm
March 26, 2020
Condolences to the Baumann family.

Rosalie Schenker
Gettysburg, PA
March 26, 2020
Susan Baskit
March 26, 2020
Bruce's Family,

I served with Burce in the Naval Reserve. He also was known as "Skivvie Waver". I had the opportunity to visit with him last summer, and his wit and humor was top notch. Fair WInds, and Following Seas shipmate. May the Lord shine His Everlasting Light upon you, and may you Rest in Peace with Him. \
RMC Bob Kiehlmeier, USNR-Ret.
RMC Bob Kiehlmeier
March 26, 2020
I'm certain my uncle, Jim Brutcher, is overjoyed to get a game going with his buddy, Bruce, again in that big ball field in the sky.
Go Carpetowne!
Barbara Brutcher
March 26, 2020
Dear Baumann Family- Bruce was our neighbor and most of all our friend. He will be deeply missed especially his generosity for the neighborhood picnics use of his backyard and for anyone in need. We will always remember his sense of humor and his persuasive way of making you agree to hosting an event.. I will always cherish the late night talks on the patio and of course the food.
Rest In Peace Friend

Cheryl and George Laboda
March 26, 2020
Dear Family, I am sending my condolences at this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Bruce during the 1970's at the softball field. Bruce always made me smile and his kindness and laughter was infectious. Rest in Peace Bruce! You will never be forgotten.

Joan (Mom of Joe, Gary and Mike King)
Joan Peterson
March 26, 2020
Sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. He is in my prayers.

Don Waltz
Donald Waltz
March 26, 2020
Evelyn(Babe) (wozniak)Coon
March 26, 2020
My prayers to all of you. May you always find comfort and joy in the memories of your dad.
Erin Grande Moritz
Erin Grande-Moritz
March 26, 2020
Patricia Lukaszewski Fidorra
March 26, 2020
DICK Merryman
March 26, 2020
It is sad to have to say Goodbye to Bruce. It was sad to see his body fail at Bickford. We know he is happier now. I'll bet there was a party in St. Peter's backyard Saturday night!
Dick Walsh
March 26, 2020
Bruce was a wonderful man. His quick wit and funny character will be missed. I only knew him for a short time but he made an impact on me. He will be missed greatly. My sincere condolences to all of his children and family. I will miss seeing him every day when I visit my mom.
Melissa Keinath
March 26, 2020
Mr. Baumann...what can I say? Bruce was the life of the old neighborhood. One of the nicest guys you could ever meet, and one that treated the rest of us kids just like his own. He will be sorely missed.
Tim Lawson
March 26, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Jim Cyparski
March 26, 2020
BRUCE Was a great guy and the original CODGER,He will be sadly missed. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY
March 26, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bob An Sue Soliwoda
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