John Schmitt

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EASTHAMPTON - John Eric Schmitt, age Forty-five, lost his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on Monday, July 2, 2018, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

He was born on Oct. 14, 1972, in Queens New York, the eldest son of Eric and Hope (Scaglione) Schmitt.

John was a loving, compassionate and caring father and a true family man. He was survived by his devoted wife Kimberly (Houle) Schmitt and his two daughters Ava and Sylvia Schmitt of Easthampton, and he was predeceased by his son Michael John Schmitt. John was the oldest of five, leaving behind his sister Dawn Elza and husband Ebon of Southbridge, Serena Nesluesan and her husband Peter of Brimfield, his brother Erik Schmitt and youngest sister Kathryn Schmitt of Niantic, Connecticut. He was a cherished uncle of Jubilee Nale Elza, Christian Collette, and Elizabeth Elza.

John received a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and he studied Nursing at Springfield Technical Community College. John devoted most of his career within Human Services including 10 plus years at ServiceNet where he was a Program Director.

His family would turn to him for support in times of need, and found him to have a humble, quiet and comforting presence. As a man who cherished family and welcomed everyone into his life with and open heart, he impacted many lives along the way. His Aunt Caroline Paone Pizzo describes John's so well as a "gentle giant who was the most non judgemental, enlightened person on the planet."

Health and fitness were of the utmost importance to John. He maintained a true warrior spirit throughout his battle with AML, by staying positive both mentally and physically. John loved the outdoors including the mountains and the shore. He enjoyed hiking, camping, music, protecting the environment and standing by his political beliefs.

A small memorial service was held for John on Thursday, July 5, at Westville Dam in Sturbridge (one of John's favorite places); where close family and friends gathered to share stories and to celebrate his life.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 12, 2018