Bill "Coach" SCHMITZ
SCHMITZ, Bill "Coach" 59, of Land O'Lakes, Florida, passed away Aug. 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Lynn Schmitz; son, Matthew and daughter-in-law, Carrie Schmitz of Newport, KY; daughter, Allison and son-in-law, Andrew Summerour of Alexandria, LA; grandchildren, Mattie, Will, and Reese; parents, Bill and Shirley Schmitz; siblings, Patti James, Jim Schmitz, Michael Schmitz, Teresa Winkler, Tony Schmitz, and Mary Judge; and many loving family, friends, and students. The family is to have a private memorial service in Ohio. Anyone wishing to send a remembrance in his honor, please send donations to Saint Timothy Catholic Church building fund for the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School and youth center, 17512 Lake-shore Road; Lutz, FL 33558.

Published by Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 28, 2013.
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GOOD BYE SMITTY. I WILL MISS YOU
JOE MARPERT
September 27, 2013
I learned of this 2 weeks after the fact and I am still in shock. Bill and I became teammates first, and brothers forever, at the Academy. There are very few people that I looked more forward to seeing and talking with. I will so miss watching his football teams. Vanderbilt, Rice, Jesuit, UAB, Austin Peay, CGA ... so many lives he touched and so much good he accomplished. I will miss you forever, Wild William. God Bless Lynn, Matt, Allison and Bill's parents, Bill and Shirley; they are such wonderful people.
Scott Reichenbaugh
September 26, 2013
I regret the loss however Bill made me more than a better player, he made me a better father, teacher, coach, and husband you will be missed but never forgotten thank you for the memories and keeping me accountable.
Kwasi Clark
September 22, 2013
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Lynn and family at this very difficult time.
Lee and Carlos Zubillaga
September 4, 2013
Jesuit High School will be holding a Memorial Service at the Jesuit Chapel on Sept 5 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend. See www.jesuittampa.org under calendar of Events for more information.
September 4, 2013
As a co-coach with Bill for almost 10 years, we had a lot of great times and a few tough times. We had a lot of great conversations concerning both our coaching careers. My heart hurts terribly on learning of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers go to Lynn and the children that they can get through these difficult times and that Bill has finally found peace.
Van Hollaway
September 2, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the entire family on Billy's passing. As a CGA classmate of Billy's, our paths didn't cross after graduation until last summer when he made the trip to Ft. Lauderdale to attend a USCG ship commissioning, when one of his former CGA football players was assuming command of the newest cutter. That to me was just one example of the committment he made to the players he touched over the years, both during and after their sports careers, to point them towards the right path in life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this time of grief and sorrow. Wilt-CGA '76
Glenn Wiltshire
September 2, 2013
Bill was a really good man who cared deeply about his students, athletes, friends, and family. I already miss our daily talks about sports, but more importantly, about life.
To Lynn and the family - May God provide you comfort during this time of grief.
To Bill - Rest in peace my good friend.
Larry Skeens
September 1, 2013
Bill was a great supportive big brother to Jim at Wilmington, and a great coach, competitor and friend to me in later college coaching careers. He was intense and determined, but always caring about his players. His passing is a great loss for his family and for all of the young people who will never get to experience his influence and guidance. With deepest sympathy.
Bruce Wasem
September 1, 2013
Shirley, Bill and family, you have our heartfelt and deepest sympathy on the passing of Billy (as we knew him). May God grant you all peace and comfort during these darkest and trying days. The love of your family will be your best friend now. Time will have it's healing power as it goes on. May God Bless you and hold you safely in His Loving Arms as you all face the future.
Love & hugs, June & George Gibeau
August 31, 2013
Lynn, children, grandchildren and the entire extended family, my deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Judy Hungler Hallett
August 31, 2013
I never had the pleasure of meeting the coach although I worked with Matt&Carrie and heard the greatest stories.
My heart goes out to Matt & Carrie and to their children and families.. I love and miss you guys so much. Your in my prayers always.
Teresa Lamb
August 31, 2013
May God bless the Schmitz family in this time of sorrow, & may the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Pat Austin
August 31, 2013
Bill was a wonderfully kind person and Little Flower classmate to me. We always thought well of him. Very sorry for the family's loss.
Mary Ross Clark
August 30, 2013
Rest in peace Coach
Chris Lockard
August 30, 2013
My thoughts and prayers will continue for Bill and the Schmitz family. Truly a loss for all of us.
Don Ruberg , LS Class of '72
August 30, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schmitz family at this time. Matt and Carrie spoke very highly of "Coach Schmitz" while we had the pleasure of hanging out here in TN and attending our ST Therese in town. Our deepest sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. Hugs- The Lockards
Nicole Lockard
August 30, 2013
To the Schmitz family. Coach Schmitz was instrumental in helping our son John move onto the next level, we will forever be greatful. In these trying times please be faithful that you will all be together again someday. Our heartfelt condolences. The Kranendonk Family. Jim , Mary Jane, John and Robert
The Kranendonk
August 30, 2013
sending Patti and her family my love and sympathy
lynn meyers
August 30, 2013
Godspeed Classmate! You sure got a lot done in the short time you were here, most importantly making this a better place for all the lives you touched.

Lynn, children, grandchildren and the entire extended families, words cannot begin to express the deep sorrow and sympathy I feel for all of you. I've come to believe that God has a plan for all of us, which He reveals in His own time and on His terms. May He bless all of you now and in the years to come.

Sincerely,
Paul Doherty
CGA Class of 1976
Paul Doherty
August 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the entire Schmitz extended family. Billy was not only a great coach,but a fine damn ballplayer but most of all he was a gentleman in every sense of the word. Those days of playing ball with Billy, Jimmy on Reading Taxi will always bring back fond memories.My sincere condolence.
Mike Manning
MIKE Manning
August 30, 2013
Dear Patti,
Although we've only met once, I am privileged to hear about all the wonderful ways you are with the CCM students, specifically my son Connor. He shared the tragic new of your brother and asked that I keep you and your family in my prayers. Strength and beautiful memories to you in the difficult days to come. With sincere sympathy, Elizabeth Deane and family Orange, CT
August 30, 2013
LYNN I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE FOR YOU AND YOU FAMILY. MAY GOD BE EVEN CLOSER NOW THAN EVER. ALL MY LOVE TO YOU AND THE FAMILY.
JOE MARPERT
August 30, 2013
My deepest sympathy to whole extended Schmitz family, Bill was a great coach, a damn fine ballplayer but more importantly he was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Those years we spent together playing ball,Billy,Jimmy and myself with Reading Taxi will always bring back fond memories.Once again my deepest condolence for your loss.
Mike Manning
August 30, 2013
So many childhood memories, Bill could play them all, baseball, football, basketball. Then our paths crossed again in a few years later in New London, Ct. It was so good to see a familiar face so far from home. Good memories of a great guy. My deepest Sympathy to the Schmitz family.
Dick Young
August 30, 2013
Coach - you will always be remembered as a great person by a lot of people. I know you will motivate everyone up there...as you did down here. I am proud to say that I had the pleasure of playing "mike" LB for you at USCGA. Until we meet again. RIP.
Romaine Howell - '96
August 30, 2013
We extend our deepest sympathies to the Schmitz family, our prayers are with you. Rest in Peace Bill....
Jeff and Kaji Pafunda
Jeff and Kaji Pafunda
August 29, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Vickie & Scott Hastings
August 29, 2013
We, Andrew's colleagues from the Gulf States District at APComPower, wish to express our deepest sympathies to Andrew, Alison and their family at this most difficult time. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Gulf States District APComPower, Inc.
August 29, 2013
The Keefe family would like to express our sympathy to the Schmitz family. It is so sad to lose someone so young. We enjoyed getting to know your family especially Bill and Matt during their time in East Lyme Babe Ruth, High School and St. Matthias Church. Bill was a great coach and certainly knew how to motivate young men. I will always remember the successful squeeze play Bill called with Matt scoring from 3rd to win the game. May Bill rest in peace and the family live on with fond memories.
Tom Keefe
August 29, 2013
I will miss my "buddy" and our daily chats about sports, CrossFit, teaching, and family. Bill was a good friend and a great man who pursued greatness for himself, his students, and his players.
Karen Coss
August 29, 2013
Lynn, I am a CGA Classmate of Billy's and remember him as dedicated athlete, leader and friendly soul. Though our paths barely crossed after graduation, I mourn his loss with you all. Our prayers are with him, and you.
Pete Hill
August 29, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Schmitz family.
Jennifer and Bill Prall
August 29, 2013
I'm not the first, and I'm sure I will not be the last member of the CGA Class of '76, to pay our respects. Our deepest sympathies, our prayers, and our respect are offered with the deepest regrets. Rest in peace, Bill. You will be missed.
Kenneth Cuite
August 29, 2013
We send our deepest sympathy to Lynn and the entire Schmitz family. Bill was a wonderful, warm, generous man, and we will miss him greatly.

With love, Carrie James and Stephen, Jamie and William Altschul
Carrie James
August 28, 2013
I have such wonderful memories of you two visiting in Hawaii and in Tennessee. You and the children will be in my thoughts and prayers now and in the months to come.
Ann Lipe
August 28, 2013
So sad. Bill was a genuinely good guy and great classmate. He will be missed. Probo '76
Bill Probert
August 28, 2013
Dear Lynn, I am so sorry to hear this news.You and Billy were always some of my favorite people. My thoughts,prayers,and memories are with you and your family.
Bill Angel,Cincinnati
August 28, 2013
Dear Coach, I will always remember our 5am practices, before a game, throwing the football, talking strategies just us. I learned a lot from you and not just about football, you were a great role model and coach. May you rest in peace. Chris Uhrig Class of 2006 Jesuit Tigers QB. You will be greatly missed.
Chris Uhrig
August 28, 2013
You were so genuine and heartfelt when you called wishing Beth and I the best after my son was born a few months ago. I was unsure about you when we first met. You were gruff and focused on football. I can't tell you how much you meant to me these past few years at Land O Lakes. Your morning greetings brightened up my day. Our chats about everything from sports and current events to life lessons via your wonderful stories were entertaining and enlightening. With a simple pat on the back and a few words, you could ease the most troubled mind. I am honored to have known a man who has influenced so many, and can only hope to do some of the good that you have done in life. Thank you.
Aaron Melvin
August 28, 2013
My most deepest sympathy to you lynn and to your family. May your husband rest in peace.
edna veneziano
August 28, 2013
The Dowdy family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!
August 28, 2013
To my Friend, Mentor, Coach and father Figure. I am sorry that I never got to the chance to tell you how much you meant to me, beacuse without you, I would not be where or who I am today. I have transformed your values and principles into my own, and have passed them on to my daughter. You will forever be in my heart, and part of my own personal legacy. I can not tell a story of my life, wiothout mentioning you. I love you and will truly miss you.
Chris Black
August 28, 2013
My deepest sympathy for your loss. My daughter had Coach Schmitz as a teacher last spring, and he had such a positive influence on her. She will always remember him fondly, and with great respect for him as a wonderful, inspiring teacher.
Debbie Weeks
August 28, 2013
Remembering the good times you shared with us...rest in peace Coach.
Jesuit Football Team
August 28, 2013
Deepest sympathy for your loss. May the love and support you receive from family and friends help you to cope with your grief.
Crystal Wilson
August 28, 2013
Bill- I remember your calm acceptance of everything we went through 41 years ago. God grant you rest at the end of your journey, my classmate and friend!
Eric Renker
August 28, 2013
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