Barry Schwartz

June 25, 1943October 1, 2019

On October 1, 2019 Barry Schwartz of Silver Spring, MD passed away. He is survived by his wife of 53 years Paula Ruth, his 3 children, Marc (Nicole), Dorie and Adam (Kelly), and 4 grandchildren, and a community that he loved. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 4 at 10:00 am at Judean Memorial Gardens Chapel with burial in Judean Memorial Gardens Cemetery, followed by a meal of remembrance at the Olney Theatre. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509 New York, NY 10018.


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Brian Orlove

July 8, 2020

Although its been a bit from October we moved away and just found out....I am crying from losing my second dad....we had such a special relationship when I was in Olney and it breaks my heart finding out this awful passing. Our hearts are broken and our minds are filled with fond memories of Barry. We wish the rest of the family well and as you all already know he was a remarkable man.

He will be truly missed

Ely & Sheila Fishlowitz & Family

October 14, 2019

Dear PR & Family,
Barry was a real "Mench". Always supporting his family & the Olney community. Barry & I go way back to our childhood at the Queenstown Apartments in Hyattsvile MD were we both lived. Fast forward to Pumpernickel's where we celebrated many birthdays & special occasions with our family. Everyone's favorite part of the celebration was when Barry would ask if we wanted the long or short version of "Happy Birthday" to you. All selected the "short" version. And then Barry would get down on one knee to sing the "short" version! Everyone enjoyed his humor. He is forever in my memory. "Meanwhile Have A Pickle"

Love, Ely Fishlowitz

Nancy Dabbs

October 6, 2019

Dear Paula and Family,
I was saddened to hear of Barry's passing. I was a dear friend of the late Sharon Davis, your next door neighbor for years . You and Barry were always kind and loving to Sharon and her son, Steven. Barry made it possible for me to obtain 3 of his "nautical Tiffany lights" (for our beach home) when BJ's closed. Warm and treasured memories of BJ's, Sharon, and now Barry will always be with me. Sharon was blessed to have such loving fantastic neighbors and dear dear friend in you two. Barry will be fondly remembered by so many. My sincere condolences to you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Nancy Dabbs, Olney, MD

Jessica Fishbein

October 4, 2019

Some of my favorite childhood memories are eating at B. J. Pumpernickels in Olney. I remember Barry sitting in his booth answering the phones or handing me a cookie after a delicious meal. I remember how special I felt when he'd let me pick a cookie from one of the upper racks. Barry and his restaurant were an integral part of my childhood and I feel lucky to have met him and to have eaten his food which is a beautiful part of Olney's history. He will be missed by this community.

Marianne Hendricks

October 4, 2019

Charlotte always loved going over to Bubbie and Zaydie’s with Arie because it meant she would eat really well!

Zaydie would always welcome us into his home with warmth and a kind word. We will miss him!

Deborah Clark

October 4, 2019

Dearest PR and family

That great man was so kind and funny
He gave me my first job here when I moved from Louisiana.
I will really miss him.
That presense that smile and big heart will forever be part of me.
I know than when I get to heaven there will be his kind face among my loved ones.
Love ya'll
The circle of life.

Agnes Slattery-Giganti

October 3, 2019

So I go way back. My dad and Barry were friends from way back when. My dad passed away about 18 years ago. I showed up at BJ’s and talked to Barry. He helped me out with catering a gathering after my dads funeral. I have lived in Olney now for over 25 years. I remember my son, who graduated from Sherwood High School in 1999 telling me about how BJ’s catered his Senior breakfast. He came home that day and said , “Remember that guy that Grandad knows from BJ’s and his name is Barry? Well they catered our breakfast and there was a little food fight and bagels were flying everywhere. It was kind of funny because he just sat there and calmly told people that they may want to watch out for flying bagels!!” He will be missed.

Joan Kramer

October 3, 2019

Barry was such an avid supporter of the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department. His events in our Oak Room were always memorable. He would have done whatever we needed when the canteen was on a fire scene. His enthusiasm always boosted everyone's morale. And of course, BJ Pumpernickels was an institution and is still dearly missed today. Rest in peace Barry.

Elissa De Souza

October 3, 2019

I wouldn't have been as successful as I am today without Barry believing in me as much as he did when him and Jerry hired me at BJ pumpernickels at only 14 years old. So thanks Barry for having apart of how I get to work to this date since I saved the money I made to buy my first car , the education I got, the roof over my head and the skills of multitasking, hardwork, dedication, financial stability and never to forget thick skin to fight off those crazy boys and bullies. I know how much you adored me and my sister and family and I will forever be grateful for every opportunity. So lucky to still have kept in touch with you and the family even after the closing of the store. You will be missed. My condolences go out to the Schwartz family; Dory, Adam, P.R, Marc, and his grandkids he adored so much!

Love you.

Elissa De Souza

Donny Valentine

October 2, 2019

Barry was the kindest, sweetest, loved filled person you could have ever known. He and Jerry hired me at the restaurant when I was 14 years old. I stayed there until I was 23. I loved it there but i loved him more. He was like a dad to me. I remember when he needed help at the house with the yard, garage, storage cabinets in the closets... anything, I was always there for him. He and PR were my parents when I wasn't at home. I think i spent more time with him and the restaurant then I did at my own home. You will be forever in my heart. To PR, Marc, Adam, Dori, and all the grandchildren... my deepest condolences, if there is anything any of you need please do not hesitate.

I love you all,
Donny V