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Edmund Foy Schmidt
HISTORIAN, ATTORNEY,
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL
Edmund Foy Schmidt, died Saturday at his home in Darien, Connecticut. He was 70.
Mr. Schmidt was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Counsel for the Connecticut Speaker of the House of Representatives, and, on a local level, served on the Darien Planning & Zoning Commission and the RTM. He was counsel to the cities of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and the Town of Darien.
Known as a town historian, Mr. Schmidt was the author of the book, Noroton Heights–A Neighborhood for Generations, President of the Darien Historical Society and President of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.
Growing up in Rowayton, Mr. Schmidt was an avid sailor, racing Sonars and Ensigns, and was a member of the Rowayton and Noroton Yacht Clubs.
Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife, Georgia von Schmidt; his step-father, James C. Caviola; four children, Marya von Schmidt, Darya von Schmidt, Jonas von Schmidt and Seth von Schmidt; and seven siblings, James C. Caviola, Jr., Joan Caviola, Dawn Caviola, Todd Caviola, Laura Schmidt Lombardo, Pamela Schmidt Curley and Herbert Schmidt, Jr. Mr. Schmidt was predeceased by his mother, Joan Garvey Foy Caviola, his father, Herbert H. Schmidt, and his son, Jesse E. Schmidt.
Burial at Spring Grove Cemetery will be private. A public Post-Pandemic celebration of Mr. Schmidt's life will be held at a later time.
Contributions in Mr. Schmidt's honor may be made to Preservation Connecticut (formerly CT Trust for Historic Preservation), 940 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT 06507.
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Published in Darien Times on Dec. 1, 2020.
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December 18, 2020
My heart goes out Ed’s family for their terrible loss.

Ed and I worked for House Dems for several years in the 90s. I was so lucky to have him as my legal mentor. Ed was a smart and kind individual who proved that one can and should use both one’s mind and heart in one’s work. He touched many lives through his legislative career and he will be missed by so many. He taught me how to read what bills said - and what they didn’t say. Ed was my role model and I am lucky to have had several years under his guidance.
Ed cherished his family and his town and his life. (He gave me a copy of his book.) He was one of the good guys. He has been taken from far us too soon.
Rest In Peace and Power.
With much love and respect, Lara
Lara Manzione
Coworker
December 6, 2020
My deepest condolences go out to the Schmidt Family. Ed was a wonderful human being. He will be sincerely missed.

Glenn E. Geathers & Family
Glenn Geathers
Friend
December 6, 2020
Ed brought joy to everyone he knew. I had the honor of working with him in the Connecticut House of Representatives for many, many years. Yes, he was the consummate and indefatigable attorney, with a fine eye for the details of legislation. He taught me a lot on how to prepare bills for votes, and deal with the many pressures of time and accuracy, while keeping plain language in mind always. But he was also a great advocate for doing the right thing, for legal ethics, and compassionate laws. He had a sense of humor that brightened even the cloudiest days. I extend my deepest sympathy to both his family and his friends, and everyone whose life he touched.
Robert Godfrey
Friend
December 6, 2020
My condolences to you, Gigi and your wonderful children. Ed was one of the most decent, helpful individual I have known. He was very knowledgeable in the law and very helpful to me and so many others in formulating effective legislation in Hartford. Ed will be missed by all.
In sympathy,
Moira Lyons
Moira Lyons
Friend
December 5, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathy. May your fond memories of the times spent together help you navigate this difficult time.
The Rosati’s
Bob,Leola,Rolland and Genee
Bob and Leola Rosati
Friend
December 3, 2020
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Schmidt family. Ed’s knowledge, competence and problem-solving skills were respected and trusted in the CGA community, and beyond. I valued his input, trusted his judgment and admired his complete and unconditional passion for his family. May God’s presence sustain his loved ones during this difficult time.
Ann M. Clark
Coworker
December 3, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Georgia and children. Ed was such a kind gentleman who made great contributions to his community with his talents and passions. Peace be with you all during this difficult time.
Nanette Melfi
Friend
December 3, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Joe and MaryAnn Tamburri
Classmate
December 2, 2020
My sincerest condolences to the entire Schmidt family. Ed was a true public servant and I had the honor of starting my legal career in Connecticut on the Legal Staff of the Speaker of the House, led by Ed back in 2002. May he rest in peace. Fondly,

Dave Rose, Westport, CT
David Rose
Coworker
December 2, 2020
Ed was a real champion for Darien. I remember his efforts for Holmes School. Darien will miss Ed.

Walter Casey
Walter Casey
Friend
December 2, 2020
Ed was a great friend and terrific attorney. When I became Speaker one of my first and most important tasks was to convince him to work full time for us. I so enjoyed working on those many bills with him. Significantly, one of our major accomplishments, early childhood legislation, was shepherded through by Ed. To date it is a model for other States.
Very few people have made such a difference. A life so well lived. We all mourn in our loss.
Thomas Ritter
Friend
December 1, 2020
Gigi, Jonas, Marya, Darya, and Seth:

Please know that you all are in my heart and thoughts.

With love,
Susan Cossette (Eng)
Susan Cossette
Friend
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