William Edward Schwarz, 71, of Honesdale, died Friday at home after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Eskra. The couple married on Sept. 5, 1964.
Bill graduated from Honesdale Catholic School (HoCa High) in 1960 and went directly into the Army. He was the dealer principal and president of Edw. J. Schwarz Inc. car dealership in Honesdale. He was a director and chairman of the board of the Dime Bank financial institution in Honesdale. What meant the most to Billy was working side-by-side with his brother, John, running the family business. Bill was a great fan of old cars, (especially the '32 five-window deuce coupe), Crown Royal Manhattans, woodworking, travelling anywhere to see Bob Seger in concert, eating at diners, drive-ins or dives, road trips, any kind of antiques (especially stools) and spending time with friends and family. He could often be heard saying, "It is what it is."
He will be greatly missed by his family and the legion of friends he made throughout the years. Everyone who knew him appreciated his beautiful blue eyes and his amazing sense of humor.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, he died surrounded by his family.
He is also survived by three daughters, Shelley Smith, husband, Will and their children, Adriana Nell and Trent Smith; Wendy Malti, husband, Dave and their children, Regan and Cameron Grossman; and Tracy L. Schwarz; as well as the entire extended Schwarz family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Care Givers America, the Wayne County Public Library,
or your favorite local charitable organization.