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Richard Schmitz

July 10, 1947 ~ February 2, 2019 (age 71)

It is with great sorrow that I am informing, on behalf of myself, Christine, our children, Jennifer Leah Mahoney, Rebecca Catherine Schmitz and Brian Alexander Schmitz, that my beloved husband, Richard Emery Schmitz passed away unexpectedly, on February 02, 2019.  Richard was born in Greenwich, CT, on July 10, 1947. Richard served in the U.S. Army, for three years, with an honorable discharge.  He was stationed in South Korea for a duration of thirteen months, as well as Fort Bliss, in El Paso, Texas for the remainder of his service.

He was employed for eighteen years, as the Senior Director, by Hayward Tyler, in CT and Vermont.  Richard was the IT Director of the Center for Developmental Science, at the University of North Carolina for over twenty years, prior to his retirement in 2013.  Richard was a mentor and friend to all who worked with him.  His knowledge was unsurpassed.  Upon his retirement, his colleagues presented him with a beautiful clock, inscribed, "For Dick, Whose Magic Always Kept Us Running on Time, In Gratitude, Your Friends at CDS."

He was and always will be the greatest love of my life.  We were married over fifty years and Richard was a loving husband and father, brilliant, kind, generous and compassionate man.  The void of his loss will forever remain.

Richard always reminded all of us, to keep the important things in life important.  His love and devotion to his family was unsurpassed.  He never broke a promise to his family and those who were closet to him.

Richard is survived by his wife, Christine Anne, and our children, Jennifer Leah, Rebecca Catherine, and Brian Alexander, and our beloved Bichons, Harley and Elmo. He is survived by his brothers, Jonathan, Nelson, Dietrich, Mary, Susan, his grandchildren, Hilary Caitlin, Nathan Alexander, Erin Grace, and Ashlyn Faith Mahoney, Kevin Mahoney and his nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being held on March 30, 2019 at 2:00pm at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Richard will always be in our hearts and souls, and forever loved by his entire family.




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