Christopher Schmid Clifton ParkChristopher Chris Schmid, 79, beloved husband of 53 years to Beryl Ellen Hinds Schmid of Clifton Park, peacefully entered into eternal life surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Jamaica, Queens, NY, he was the son of the late Hermann and Lucienne Ganter Schmid. He graduated from Orange County Community College, earned his bachelor of science degree in labor relations from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and his master's degree in education from the University of Rochester, NY. Mr. Schmid was a pioneer in the local real estate industry having brought a real estate, mortgage, insurance and construction company under one roof. He was a partner in the BH Group in Albany. He was the president of Realty USA in Clifton Park and a partner in Statewide Funding in Clifton Park. He was a high school teacher and coach prior to joining the Physical Education faculty at Union College. While at Union, he was a coach of basketball, football and lacrosse for the Fighting Dutchmen. In 2009, he was inducted into the Union College Hall of Fame as well as the Orange County Community College Hall of Fame. His basketball teams won 10 or more games four times during his coaching tenure (1962-70), a time when teams played an average of 15 games. Since retiring from teaching and coaching in 1970 to pursue a successful real estate career, Schmid has been a loyal and longtime supporter of both SUNY Orange and Union College. His support and allegiance to Union extends beyond the most ardent alumnus. He founded and organized the Fighting Dutchmen Gridiron Club, and also is considered to be the prime mover in establishing the Sig Makofsky Basketball Tournament. He helped secure video editing technology for Union teams, assisted in the backing for new bleachers at Bailey Field, and has guided countless former student-athletes professionally as a true mentor and friend of Union Athletics. He has singlehandedly provided countless scholarships and is one of the college's staunchest benefactors. Chris was a member of St. George's Episcopal Church in Clifton Park and the Edison Club in Rexford. He enjoyed golfing in his spare time. Beloved husband of Beryl of Clifton Park; devoted father of Andre (Jody) Schmid of Clifton Park, Heidi (Ronald) Gaudiano of Manhattan Beach, CA and the late Kyle and Joshua Schmid; brother of Gerda Carmichael of Birmingham, AL; cherished grandfather of Jessica, Christopher and Meagan Schmid, Kyle and Joshua Gaudiano; loving Uncle of Maria. Funeral will be held on Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. from the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9 in Clifton Park, thence to St. George's Episcopal Church, 912 Route 146 in Clifton Park where at 10:30 a.m. the Order of Christian Burial and Holy Eucharist will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home on Monday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those desiring, may make memorial contributions to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7295 or to the V Foundation, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513, in memory of Christopher Schmid. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted by the family to the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Aug. 2, 2013