John Reilly Schultz
1963 - 2020
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9/30/63 — 11/5/20
On November 5 John Schultz died of heart failure at his home in Ortega Forest. In addition to his twin children, Rick and Reilly, John leaves behind his mother, Nancy, sister, Catherine, and brothers Frederick and Clifford. His father, Governor Frederick H. Schultz, predeceased him.
For 35 years John worked in real estate development, management, construction, and brokerage, both commercial and residential. Together with many partners, he built numerous shopping centers and some six hundred houses. He also managed the extended family's investments.
John attended The Bolles School and the University of Florida. He served as a director of Jacksonville Bancorp, Metro YMCA, the Daniel Companies, the Museum of Science and History, St. Vincent's Foundation, Junior Achievement of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Intrepid Capital Corp., Bolles School Alumni Board, and Southeast Atlantic Corp. He was a board member of our local NAACP chapter, the Trust for Public Land, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and was a founding member of the Ribault Group. He was voted one of twenty outstanding young men in Jacksonville.
Unusual for a real estate developer, for decades he was active in conservation. In particular, he championed St. Johns Riverkeeper, the Nature Conservancy, and Jacksonville University Marine Science Research Institute.
John knew every street and block in Jacksonville and seemed to be on a first-name basis with a thousand friends and colleagues. He sincerely loved the people of Jacksonville and took every opportunity to expand his circle of friends. Those who enjoyed his friendship knew that if they needed help, they could call John night or day.
His devotion was legendary. When Stella Lodesky, the family babysitter, fell victim to dementia, John visited her bedside every day for years. With his Uncle Jack who was mentally handicapped, he arranged "vacations" — trips taken together to Disney World, Las Vegas, sea cruises, and other colorful destinations.
He adored his twins and rarely missed their performances or games. Nearly every day he stopped by to see his mother. He helped to raise five step-children.
From kindergarten friends to fraternity brothers (SAE) to fellow Rotarians, once he made connections he held onto them. A friend wrote to us this week saying "John had the biggest heart of anyone I ever knew." To that must be added his keen wit, rousing sense of fun, and a remarkable memory for personal details. He leaves behind dozens who counted him as their best friend in the world.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be sent to Riverside Presbyterian Day School, 830 Oak St., Jacksonville, FL 32204, or to the charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be scheduled post-pandemic.
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Published in Florida Times-Union from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 22, 2020
Your kindness, compassion and generosity will remain as a testament of your love for humanity.
I will always cherish your sense of fairness and respect for people from all walks of life. Thanks, and may God continue to bless you for all you did, for all of us.
Alton W. Yates
November 22, 2020
I met a young John Schultz fresh out of college in the late 1980s. He and his partners asked me to design, what I think was, his first venture into land development, Marietta Forrest. I knew then than John would be much more than a client, his big personality was infectious. We didn’t become close friends but it always felt like we were when we crossed paths over the next 30 + years. We did some occasional “deals” but more importantly we stayed friends and supporters of each other. I will miss the way he answered my phone calls and the always positive conversations. I pray that his memory be eternal and for comfort and fond memories for his family and friends.
Michael Antonopoulos
November 21, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of John’s passing this past week. My wife and I have known John since high school, attended the University of Florida with him and we’re proud to call John our friend. John always treated every person he met with respect, he showed a genuine interest in them and had a big personality, that people were drawn to. Prayers and strength to the family, we will miss John.
Joe & Elizabeth Hyman
November 20, 2020
John was an amazing man, father, and friend. A business partner of mine, he never missed the chance to share and instill words of wisdom and advice. His friendship and caring heart, I will surely miss.
The Morrow Family
November 16, 2020
John was the love of my life...I married him in the 90's and we kept in touch until the week that he died. He was an amazing man and he will be missed by so many people. During our last conversation, he mentioned the love he had for his mother, Nancy Schultz and his twins.....he was so grateful for his siblings as well.....John, I love you bear and will see you in heaven-rest in peace:)
Michelle Tullis
November 16, 2020
I was married to John in the 90's and have never stopped loving him. I went to Bolles with him and University of Florida. He was an avid reader and we had the most wonderful conversations, one of which was the week that he died. He spoke about the love he had for his Mother and his twins and his siblings. I shall miss him forever-John, I love you bear and will see you in heaven:)
Laura Michelle Tullis
Laura Michelle Tullis
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