SCHAYE James L., Sr., on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the age of 95 at his home in Chestnut Hill where he had lived for over 65 years. Happily married for 59 years, Mr. Schaye’s wife, Adele (Friedstein) passed away in 2001. Mr. Schaye is survived by his daughter, Elisabeth Haskell and her husband John and their son David; his sons, James Jr. and his wife Barbara; and Paul and his partner Gretchen. Dear brother of the late Robert C. Schaye. Fond uncle to his nieces and nephews. Mr. Schaye with his late father, Paul and brother, Robert were the founders of Raymond’s Department Stores, a unique chain of bargain stores, which originated and flourished on Washington Street in downtown Boston for over 40 years. Raymond’s grew to eight locations in the Boston metropolitan market. As the Chief Executive Officer, he spent most of his career in this thriving retail business. He held various senior positions including merchandising and advertising. Remembered to this day by long time Boston residents, sometime as “The Home of Uncle Eph”, Raymond’s was one of the first discount stores in the retail business. In 1971, when Raymond’s was acquired by Ohio Retailer, Schottenstein Stores, Mr. Schaye became the CEO of a new Schottenstein Store division. He focused on the acquisition of inventory of distressed and bankrupt retailers. Mr. Schaye remained in this position until he retired. Mr. Schaye was a member of Belmont Country Club for nearly 65 years, where he and his family enjoyed golf and a wonderful social life. Until only five years ago, he still played golf every week. A graduate of Brookline High School, Mr. Schaye left a permanent mark on this institution. As editor of the yearbook, he created the name The Murivian, the Muddy River Annual. Today, the Brookline High yearbook carries the name, Murivian, which Mr. Schaye gave it all those years ago. After Brookline High, Mr. Schaye attended Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1940. During his college years, Mr. Schaye began to write poetry, which became a life-long hobby. Two weeks prior to his passing, he wrote his last poem. During World War II, Mr. Schaye served in the civil defense force and became a photographer for Life Magazine. His family is delighted to have some of his iconic photos from those days at Life. Services will be at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard Street, BROOKLINE, MA on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Burial at Temple Israel Cemetery, Wakefield. Following the burial, memorial observance will be at his late residence until 8:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a
or MSPCA-Angell, www.mspca.org or the Pan-Mass Challenge, Paul’s Posse, www.pmc.org/profile/TP0081 Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300
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Published in Boston Herald on Mar. 2, 2014