Robert C. "Bob" Schmidt

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Robert "Bob" C. Schmidt passed away on February 27, 2012 at the age of 70. He was the oldest son of Florence (Lang) and George Schmidt. Bob had been sick since November 2011 and bravely battled his illness. He passed away at home, surrounded by his family and his beloved cat, Millie. Bob was predeceased by his wife Marilyn, who passed away in November 2009. Bob will be terribly missed by many. He leaves behind three children and four grandchildren. His oldest son Erick lives in Montana with his daughters Skye and Laura. His daughter Karen lives in New Milford , CT , with her fiancé, Barry Burgess, and Bob's favorite grand-dog, Oliver. Bob's youngest son Robert lives in Woodbury , CT , with his wife, Valerie and their two children, Xavier and Xander. Bob leaves behind his cat Millie, who was his constant companion and source of comfort. Bob is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Jackie Schmidt, of Lindenhurst, New York, his sister-in-law and her husband, Lorraine and Harold Adelman, of Freehold, New Jersey, and his niece, Melissa Goldrosen of Bridgewater, New Jersey. Bob is survived by many other nieces and nephews. Bob was born in Freeport , New York and raised in Uniondale , New York . He attended Uniondale High School , graduating in 1961, and then went on to attend Hofstra University . Bob was involved in sports during his younger years, including throwing shot-put on the track team, but was most noted for his talent on the football field. While living in Uniondale Bob served as Lieutenant in the Uniondale Hook and Ladder Company. He was also a member of the competition drill team the Hell Cats. Bob held a variety of jobs before joining Mobil Oil Company. He worked for Harder Tree Service and on his father's fishing boat, The Aloma. He worked as a bouncer at Ryan's Bar & Grill, which is where he met his future bride. After joining Mobil Oil Company in 1975, Bob climbed the ladder to Captain and had a successful, prosperous career. Bob was able to retire from Mobil Oil at the age of 55, and enjoyed many years of retirement. Bob and Marilyn married in October of 1963. They moved their family to Brookfield , CT in the early 1970's, where they raised their three children. While living in Brookfield , Bob started and maintained a successful tree service business, which kept him busy during his time off of the boat. He was also involved with the Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Service. In 2004 they completed the building of their retirement home in Warren, CT. Bob and Marilyn both loved their new home, regardless of the short time they were each able to spend there. When Bob and Marilyn moved to Warren , he became a very busy retiree. He again became involved in the local volunteer fire department. He learned to play the drums and joined various bagpipe bands. He was lastly involved with the Connecticut Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Bob loved the outdoors and became a guide for the Housatonic River Outfitters, guiding people on fly-fishing tours. He was a member of various shooting clubs: Chase Shooters of Waterbury, the Northwest Sportsman's Association, and the International Benchrest Shooters Association. Bob would spend most Sunday's out at a shoot in many of which he placed first or second place. Bob was meticulous and methodical, and whatever hobby he chose to take on was learned to perfection. Special thanks go to the Lethbridge family, Percy, Kenny Walker, Ralph, Johnny Mac, Danny McKee, Bill Lewis and George. Thank you to Dr. Robert Kloss and his Oncology team, Dr. John Spera and the Radiation Oncology Angels, the wonderful team on 11West and all of the people at Danbury Hospital who knew our dad and took the time to stop with well wishes. There was never a task or need that went unfulfilled or was not met. You all made it happen: giving our dad comfort and dignity. Bob loved being around people and gathering with friends. He loved his wife and children. He loved his pets. Basically, he loved life. He had a colorful personality, and often you did not have to wonder what was on his mind. Bob was a great story teller and had a fabulous laugh. His blue eyes lit up when he smiled, and he had a hug that no other could match. Those who knew him best know what a gentle, loving, kind soul he had. Now we children must carry on those traits. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Warren Volunteer Fire Company, Inc, c/o Ambulance Service, 11 Sackett Hill Rd., Warren, CT 06754, The Connecticut Firefighter's Pipes and Drums, PO Box 660, Georgetown, CT 06829, or the New Milford VNA Hospice Program, 68 Park Lane Rd., New Milford, CT, 06776. Calling hours will be held at the Brookfield Funeral Home, 786 Federal Road Brookfield , CT 06804 on Friday, March 2, 2012 from 5-8pm. A Memorial Service in Bob's honor will be held at the Warren Congregational Church, 4 Sackett Hill Road , Warren , CT 06754 on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1pm. To light a candle of hope and remembrance please visit our website at www.BrookfieldFuneralHome.com


Published in News Times on Feb. 29, 2012
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