LUMBERTON, N.C. -- Richard Henry Schneider Sr., also known as Captain Dick, 69, of Lumberton, N.C., entered into eternal rest on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.
He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 27, 1943. He was a lifelong resident of Hamburg until three years ago when an illness forced him to relocate to Lumberton, N.C., to be cared for by his family. He was a Mason most of his life and was in business with his brother Edward operating Schneider Bros. Mason Contractors. His passion was salt water fishing on his boat, â€œThe Ms. Precious.â€ Throughout his life, he was politically active in his community, serving on the Hamburg Council from 1984 until 1990 and also serving as police commissioner and later being elected mayor of Hamburg from 1991 through 1994.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Janet, in 2005; his loving granddaughter, Samantha, in 2007; a brother, Chester; and just two weeks ago by his daughter-in-law, Michele.
He is survived by a brother, Edward, of Vernon; a sister, Virginia Tiedeman, of California; his children, Richard Jr. of Lumberton, N.C., with whom he resided, Thomas and his wife, Patricia, of Wedgefield, S.C., and his daughter, Christine, of Lumberton, N.C.; his granddaughters, Jamie Lynn, also of Lumberton, and Danielle of Cresco, Pa.; and his great-granddaughter, Tyanna.
A memorial in his honor will be announced at a later date.