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Richard Thaddeus Schwab


1956 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Richard Thaddeus Schwab

Phoenix - Richard Thaddeus Schwab died on July 2, 2018 at the age of 61 from esophageal cancer. Richard was born in Schaller Iowa on May 23, 1956. His parents were Karl and May Schwab, both of whom predeceased him. Richard was survived by brothers Phil and Raymond Schwab and sister Katie Bond. His sister Priscilla also predeceased him. Richard attended St. Gregory's grade school, Bourgade High School (briefly) and graduated from Brophy in 1974. He attended ASU and earned his Bachelor's degree from NAU. Richard was unfairly handsome and had a phenomenal physique before exercise and ab work were invented. His energy and life force were extraordinary. He was both the life of the party and sometimes the party itself. The Schwab household was a close and loving family. Karl and Mary would force feed all of Richard's friends who traipsed through the house. Richard's friends spent great times in the Schwab back room pool hall drinking beer and playing cut throat or eight ball. Karl Schwab passed on a strong work ethic and even as Richard's friends were playing, swimming and idling, Richard was regularly mowing, edging, trimming, sweeping and fixing sprinklers. Richard's work pursuits were varied and often times successful. He studied aeronautical engineering, broadcast journalism and worked in restaurant management (Hungry Tiger, Baxter's) and real estate. In his late 50s Richard was accepted to law school at Summit and had just transferred to ASU Law School when he was diagnosed with cancer. Richard was a lifelong, enthusiastic golfer and the driving force behind the Divot Harvest golf tourney, an annual get together of Richard's close friends from childhood and Brophy. The gatherings of these old friends continue some 30 years later and the championship cup that Rich purchased at a garage sale for $11.00 decades ago is covered with enigmatic engravings from this special group.

Richard was a loving, boisterous and generous friend. He was a great force for fun. His friends all have Richard stories that will be told and retold in appropriate company. In the last years of his mother May's life, Richard personally cared for her in the Sun City home he bought for that purpose. Richard's spark and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 13, 2018
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