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Charles Schmidt 1928-2012 SHEFFIELD Charles Schmidt of Sheffield and New York City died on March 15th of complications from lung cancer. He was 83. Charlie, as he was known to friends and family, was born September 21, 1928 on West 4th Street in Greenwich Village to illustrator Oscar Schmidt and Marian Olds. He grew up, the oldest of three sons, in New York City, attending The Little Red School House and The Birch Wathen School before joining the army to serve in Korea. He went to Hamilton College on the GI Bill and joined the Guarantee Trust Company as a loan officer in Paris. After the early death of his father by drowning at Jones Beach, he brought his mother to Paris to live with him on the rive gauche. Charlie remained in Paris for seven years, frequenting the Little Bar at the Ritz where he once drank with Ernest Hemingway and played cards with Jean Paul Sartre. When he moved back to New York to join the newly merged Morgan Guarantee Trust Company (where he worked until his retirement), he met and wooed Athens, Georgia native Libby Moss and married her in 1963. Specializing in sovereign loans, Charlie covered Western and Eastern Europe, South America, Central America and the Caribbean before retiring to Sheffield permanently in 1990. He and Libby traveled to Tahiti and the Marquesa Islands recently to follow in the footsteps of Charlie's father, who had carved a gravestone for Gaugin's unmarked grave while painting there in the 1920s. Charlie is survived by his wife of 49 years, Libby Schmidt, his children Katherine Schmidt of Naples Fla., Timothy Schmidt of South Orange, N.J., and William Schmidt of Brooklyn, N.Y., his brother Peter Schmidt, of Durango, Colo., his three granddaughters, Lucy and Maudie Schmidt and Samantha Craparo, and his nieces Jennifer Major, Abby Anzalone and Kimberly Miscavage, daughters of his younger brother Denny, who predeceased him. FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Mar. 21, 2012
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