David E. Schneider, surrounded by love, peacefully crossed the Rainbow Bridge January 7, 2019, welcomed by meows, woofs, and birdsong from the cats, dogs, and wildlife he loved. His brother Karl, their parents, Glenn and Delores Richardet were surely there as well. David was born March 16, 1937 to Edwin and Eleanor (Deane/Rockwood) Schneider in Philadelphia, PA. His father's scientific research work took the family to many East coast cities as their home. David, an outdoorsman from an early age, enjoyed exploring, hiking, fishing, camping, often with his brother. David earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Bates College, Maine, and his PhD from Duke University. He taught marine sciences in the Biology Department at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA for 37 years, retiring as Professor Emeritus. David had a passion for science and education, besides teaching and supervising numerous graduate students, David's career provided many opportunities for research from the Artic to the Amazon. After a whirlwind romance, David married Bunny Richardet on Valentine's Day, 1982, happily gaining a daughter Dawn in the process. David (always camera gear in tow) and Bunny traveled the world with a focus on native wildlife. When blessed with grandsons, David's photography included sports. He went to countless baseball, basketball, and football games from the time Cannen and Skout were little, through when they played on their college teams. He volunteered many years with Bunny for www.WeSNiP.org
which provides free/low cost spay/neuter services. David lived by the Golden Rule, with a gentle and kind spirit. Survived by wife and best friend, Bunny, devoted step-daughter, Dawn M. Roberson, loving grandsons Cannen I. Roberson (Ali Cross), and Skout G. Roberson, sister Elsie Schneider Rodney, cousins Dick Joyce (Raelynn), and Carolyn Joyce. Robin will miss his warm lap. We sent his favorites with him - McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese, whole wheat fig bar cookie, peanut butter sandwich, chocolate peanut butter candies, and Frango candy he got for Christmas. We are most grateful to Emily Fulbright, CNA and Tommy McAuliffe for their tender home care of David and their friendship. Special thanks to Brian Patterson, MD and staff at Associates in Family Medicine, John Holroyd, MD, Sound Physicians, and Grant Cochran, MD, PeaceHealth Orthopedic and Sports Medicine.
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Published by Bellingham Herald on Jan. 20, 2019.