Gregory James Schaum

January 1, 1954July 1, 2021

On July 1, 2021, Gregory James Schaum; beloved husband of 42 years of Debra Schaum; devoted father of Jaclyn Silverthorne and husband Matthew; loving grandfather of Avery Grace and Carson Gregory Silverthorne; dear brother of Michael Schaum and the late William Schaum, Jr.; dear uncle of Kristin Comegys and family; special friend of Steve Riback. Also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and very special neighbors. Pre-deceased by his parents, William and Elizabeth Schaum, and his beloved dog Brooks. Greg grew up in Highlandtown, and played sports at Poly and football at Michigan State. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and also played for the New England Patriots. Greg was inducted into the Poly Hall of Fame and the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. Thanks to all of the doctors and nurses who took care of Greg during his long illness.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church (Fullerton). Inurnment St. Joseph Church Cemetery. The family would like to invite all that attend the Memorial Mass to a luncheon at Columbus Gardens, 4301 Klosterman Ave., Baltimore MD 21236, immediately following the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Rd., Suite 350, Hunt Valley MD 21031. On-line condolences may be left @


  • Debra Schaum, Wife
  • Jaclyn Silverthorne & husband Matthew, Daughter
  • Avery Grace Silverthorne, Granddaughter
  • Carson Gregory Silverthorne, Grandson
  • Michael Schaum, Brother
  • William Schaum, Brother (deceased)
  • William Schaum, Father (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Schaum, Mother (deceased)
  • Steve Riback, Friend
  • Kristin Comegys & her family, Niece
  • Also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and very special neighbors. Pre-deceased by his beloved dog Brooks.

  • Gilchrist Hospice Care


  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, July 8, 2021


Gregory James Schaum

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Alvin Mance #66

August 15, 2021

My deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss! Upon hearing of Greg's passing, I immediately returned to our shared times together. I had the honor of playing next to Greg, on our 1970 undefeated, championship, football team at POLY! Those were fantastic times, and we all thought it would last forever! They were very special times, and as a team, not only did we work hard at becoming champions in football, but champions in life as well. The characteristics of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, became our foundation as people. Greg Schaum was a great football player, but I KNOW, he was greater as a man! Rest easy my man, for you have completed the race!

Jerome Schaum

July 17, 2021

Greg….While you are celebrated as one of the greatest athletes EVER in Baltimore history, Super Bowl winner, and Maryland Sports Hall-Of-Famer, to ME, you will always be Debra’s husband, Jaclyn’s father, Matt’s father-in-law, and “Pop” to Avery Grace and Carson. You are more loved for what you did off the field than on it!……Cousin Jerome

Joan Faust

July 11, 2021

I will always remember you as a fun loving full of life person. Many years ago we worked together, and the most powerful memory was the birth of your daughter and how in love you were with your wife, my God give you peace.
Joan Aust Faust

Stephen Riback

July 11, 2021

I met Greg while he was stricken to a wheelchair. He was funny and intelligent. He did not bring up his football career and it was some months that I was told. Greg was brave above all. I am proud that we were best friends.

Monica Mulder Bissett

July 8, 2021

Jaclyn, Matt, Avery & Carson,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. We hope that you find comfort in happy memories and that your father/grandfather may rest in peace. We are sending our prayers and hugs your way.
Monica, Jim and Delaney Bissett

Bob Rasinski

July 6, 2021

My deepest condolences to Debra and Jaclyn for their loss and to the rest of Greg’s family. I will miss Greg’s humor and wit. Greg and I were good for each other because we both suffered debilitating injuries and understood each other’s dilemma. From the time we first met up across lines in a football game, our daughters playing sports together and Brothers in the Knights of Columbus, our rapport for each other constantly grew and our love of sports and talking about sports became a common denominator in all our conversations . Until we meet again on the 50 yard line at that heavenly football field, rest well and Godspeed. I will miss you my friend. Bob Rasinski

Gregory Hopkins

July 6, 2021

Please accept my sincere condolences. I am truly sorry for your loss. May the Lord give you comfort and peace in this difficult time.

Greg Hopkins

Ken Grass

July 5, 2021

Mr. Schaum,
I am honored to have known you as a coworker and a friend. Your wisdom and kindness was always admired. Rest In Peace my friend.

Ken Grass

Debra Schaum

July 4, 2021

Dear Greg.
I know you are in heaven now. No pain or missing limbs. Brooks is going with you so I know you will be happy and at peace. Both of you rest welll till I see you again. Love you. Debra

Carolyn Reale

July 3, 2021

After many years of pain and suffering, I thank God for taking Greg home for peace at last!