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Richard Anthony Schwarz

Born: Wed., Sep. 1, 1943
Died: Fri., Nov. 13, 2015


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Richard Anthony Schwarz

Richard Anthony Schwarz, age 72, of Lake Monticello, passed away on November 13, 2015 at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia with his wife and daughters by his side. 

Richard was born September 1, 1943 in New York City to the late Philip and Marjorie (Bury) Schwarz.  He is survived by his wife, soulmate and best friend of 36 years, Kim Schwarz; two daughters of whom he was so proud, Jennifer Schwarz of Santa Ana, CA, and Erin Halkin & her husband Jeremy of Virginia Beach, VA; &  grandchildren Mikah & Zoey, whom he loved so much.  Richard never got over losing his older brother, Philip Schwarz, but always maintained a deep friendship with his widow Alvera Schwarz of Clovis, CA. He always cherished his high school buddies Noel, Willie & Ray (Ambrose), his weekly lunch partner Dick, his neighbors Missy & George, Freddie & Diana, June, and in-laws Karen & David.  He loved woodworking, fishing, boating, camping, computers and his dogs.

Richard graduated from Massapequa High School, NY in 1960.  As a Captain in the US Army, he commanded a NATO Missile Detachment.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, from Northrup University, where he also directed research.  Later he earned his MBA from Pepperdine University.  He then started his career at Rockwell International in positons of program management; systems engineering; financial planning; business development & operations director on numerous programs including GPS, Trident Sub Ship Stations, satellite, sonar, radar, sensor and missile technologies. He retired from Boeing in 2000.  After Richard & Kim retired to Lake Monticello, he became active in his community with the Lake Monticello Contracts & Solicitations Committee, the Broadcast Group, Program Manager-5 year plan, and the Fluvanna County Citizens Water Committee.  

He wanted no service, but to be cremated and scattered between Catalina Island and Seal Beach, CA, in a private memorial by his family and close friends, who will uphold his wishes.  In lieu of flowers, please make a generous donation to Lake Monticello Fire & Rescue, 10 Slice Road, Palmyra, Virginia 22963, as this team of highly dedicated volunteers came to our aid several times throughout the years.

When Richard gave the eulogy for his brother, he said he never lived a day of his life without Phil in it.  Now, for his family and friends, we must say we will never live another day of our lives without thoughts of Richard, Nick, Bunk, Richie, Daddy, Papa...we miss you so much. 

Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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Arthur A. Julian III
   Posted Sun November 29, 2015
I am sorry for your loss.

I had the pleasure of working for Richard in the 1980's on the GPS Program in Seal Beach, California. He was an outstanding leader. I was a young Supervisor in the Planning Group during that time. As I remember Richard he was firm, focused and fair. From his obituary, I can tell he was a great family man. I wish the family the best in coping with him being gone. May he rest in Peace and his memories always be with you.

Al Julian

Don Grimm
   Posted Wed December 02, 2015
I met Richard on his first day at Rockwell. He was the youngest engineer in
the group and the only one to wear a suit - and he wore a suit to work every
day I saw him. I'm sure his success was due to more than that although it
made him stand out. As time went on I got to know the rest of the family as
it grew and I appreciated his success there too. My deepest sympathies to
Kim, Jennifer, and Erin.

Don

Noel C. Bauer
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
I first met Richard circa 1954 at a junior high school recess, and for some reason we were inexplicably drawn to each other. He was Richie then, later to be called Nik-Nik after the Soviet language made it's presence, and later shortened to Nick. We had many wonderful adventures together (think Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn) and although our aspirations drew us in separate directions, we always managed to reunite and continue our inseparable friendship. You are sorely missed, my dearest friend, Rest in Peace.

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