SCHMIDT, ALEXANDER H., of West Dennis, Massachusetts passed away peacefully on March 17, 2013. He had been residing at Sunrise Assisted Living in Severna Park Maryland since March 2012. He was born in Worcester MA, the middle son of Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Schmidt, all deceased. He resided in West Boylston for forty years before retiring to his vacation home on Cape Cod in 1993. Mr. Schmidt joined the Navy in 1942 and was assigned to the aircraft carrier, USS Natoma Bay. In December 1945, he was discharged as a 1st class aviator mechanic after serving in all major Pacific battles during WWII. He graduated from Michigan State University where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor society, and later was employed by Riley Stoker Steam Generating Corporation as an engineer. He retired from Riley Stoker in 1982 as Vice President of Construction. Mr. Schmidt was married to Claire Schmidt for 60 years before her passing in November of 2007 at the age of 86. He is survived by two sons: Alex Schmidt of Severna Park, MD; and Jon Schmidt of Tallahassee, FL; and two daughters: Joanne Usher of Barre, MA, and Denyse Schmidt of Bridgeport, CT. He also leaves seven grand children, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Schmidt was a skilled wood worker and an avid fisherman and golfer. He enjoyed gardening and traveling. He was a member of the Masons for many years, a member of the Cape Cod Fish & Game Club, and was associated with the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA, where he served multiple times as a trustee. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and after cremation will be laid to rest with his wife in the Bourne Military Cemetery. Arrangements private. The Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the National Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, New York, 11050, www.marfan.org, or the Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, Mass, 02610, www.hopedementia.org/donate, or The Hospice of the Chesapeake, 445 Defense Highway, Annapolis, MD, www.hospicechesapeake.org.
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Published in The Capital on Mar. 20, 2013