He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Eila Flynn Schmidt; his daughter and son-in-law, Tracie and Lance O'Keefe of Bristol; daughter, Kim Schmidt of Wallingford; son, Robert Schmidt of New Haven; his two grandchildren, Ricky Bean of Wallingford and Christopher Bean of Bristol; and his sister, Dorothy McClure of North Haven. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other dear relatives, and many friends. Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brother, Newton Schmidt of Branford.
Bob enjoyed home "do-it-yourself" projects, cooking, and puttering in his yard. He was a loyal Boston Red Sox and NASCAR fan. As a young man,
Bob played professional baseball in the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros minor leagues. After leaving baseball he continued to be active in many amateur sports, including baseball in various New Haven leagues, bowling, tennis, and for many of his later years he was a member of a fantasy baseball league. Prior to his retirement, Bob was employed by OfficeMax of North Haven and Orange.
There will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to join Bob's family on Saturday, June 21 at All Saint's Cemetery, North Haven, for a brief graveside farewell with Fr. Robert Miner officiating. Attendees should gather by 9:30 a.m. outside the All Saint's Cemetery office building to drive to graveside in procession. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made to the Jimmy Fund at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, sixth floor, Brookline, Mass. 02445-7226 or to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 65 North Main St., Wallingford.