Norman Phillip Schmidt, 77, of Dunkirk, passed away on Dec 30th 2022 in his home after a short bout with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in the house on the Schmidt homestead in 1945. Son of the late Peter Schmidt and late Bernice Kubiak.
Norman served in the US Navy from 1966 to 1969 on the USS Kankakee AO 39 as a Seaman, was certified as a Helmsman and was then recruited to train in Communications in Virginia.
After his service he attended Bryant Stratton College in Buffalo before securing a position in Information Technology at Welch’s in Westfield, NY. He retired in 1990.
In retirement, Mr Schmidt purchased his family home from his mother and refurbished it. His patio became the place to just stop by. He would welcome friends and family with a cold beer or glass of wine and great conversation while he swung on his patio swing with his faithful Rottweiler(s) Gypsy (deceased) and Baby.
He was a member of multiple clubs throughout Dunkirk, the most notably being the WWII Vets Club as a for 40+ year member and was also the Treasurer for a number of them
Norm was an integral part of the annual Smith/Schmidt/Krawiec family reunion. He served on the committee, donated the beverages every year and roasted many a pig for the event.
He organized annual canoe/houseboat trips for many years. He enjoyed going “over the hill”, visiting the Amish and the occasional casino visit.
Norman valued friends and family over material goods. Always generous, with his time and money he helped those in need and cared for many family throughout their life’s as illness fell.
He will be dearly missed.
Norm is survived by his brother James Schmidt and the following Nieces and Nephews: Lee (Tracy) Schmidt, Colleen Schmidt (Rick Jensen), Kevin (Laura) Schmidt, Steven Schmidt, Jeff (Wanda) Cushman, Kirk (Suzanne) Schmidt, Garth Schmidt, Jennifer Schmidt, Cynthia Clark as well as many Cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother Ronald Schmidt, and sisters Carol Schmidt and Linda Clark.
A celebration of life ceremony will be Saturday Jan 7th @ 1pm at the WWII Vets club on 216 E Lake Shore Drive.