In Remembrance of Albert Thomas Schmidt
Albert Thomas SchmidtScranton, PA February 21, 1940 ~ May 16, 2012 Date of Service: Private
Albert Thomas Schmidt, 72, passed away on May 16, 2012, after a long battle with lung disease and, for the most part, kicking its butt living long after doctor’s predictions.
Born on February 21, 1940, Al, along with his siblings, was orphaned by his parents. He was raised and taught in a Catholic orphanage in Allentown, PA, which he left at 17. He began work in construction, specializing in roofing and siding. He was exceptional at his profession and worked into his late 60s. Not only was he outstanding in his career, he was a fair businessman and prided himself on that.
When he left Allentown, he moved to Philadelphia and, then, Atlantic City, where he met his wife, Beverly. They were married May 16, 1970. Together, Al and Bev moved to Scranton, PA and in 1981 welcomed a baby girl, Al’s only child, Alison. It was the most joyous day of his life. He was the most amazing father, always, always, giving his daughter the very best of everything he had. He would work hard all day for his family and still stay up all night dancing his colic-ridden baby girl to sleep to the Beatles or Cat Stevens. In his last days, Albert was asked what his legacy would be and replied “Alison”. She is so proud of him and knows she would not have the life or love she has today if it weren’t for her Daddy.
Not only was Al a devoted father to Alison, he was a surrogate Dad to many. While in Atlantic City, he loved and cared for his five nieces and nephews for years. Later, he took his niece, Dana, under his wing, sharing all that a father does with a daughter with her. When Alison got older, all of her friends, with each he shared a unique fatherly love for and bond with, called him “Dad”. He also loved his son-in-law, Michael, as the two were very alike. Throughout his life, wherever he was, Al was a mentor, confidant, patient teacher, friend, and safe place for so many. He loved big and taught us all that above all else loving and caring for family… and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles… is what makes a good life.
Albert was faithful family man. Even after their divorce, he still came and stayed every night for almost 20 years to care for his wife, who is quadriplegic due to MS. He demonstrated that love transcends all and is not bound by paper certificates. For all who know them, they remained a pair. Al and Bev, always. He gave his whole life to seeing his family was loved, safe, cared for, and able to pursue their dreams to the fullest.
Al was a brilliant mind. He was an avid reader. He read about everything but especially loved historical fiction. He was passionate about politics and history. Al loved to keep his mind active and challenged, and was frequently engaged with suduko or crosswords or other puzzles. He was also a talented artist. Although never formally trained, he would perfectly replicate portraits from the newspaper or paint beautiful still lifes from imagination.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Schmidt, Scranton; daughter, Alison Schmidt Carson and husband, Michael, Scranton; surrogate daughter and niece, Dana Trotta Jayne; and many other surrogate children, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and friends.
Services for Al will be privately held under the care of Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are welcome at Southern Care 851 Commerce Blvd., Ste 101, Dickson City, Pennsylvania 18519.
Thank you to the incredible staff at Southern Care for their help and support.