Remembering Bob Schmid (08-07-1945 - 07-26-2005)
Even after 28 years with the department, Bob Schmid rarely talked about retirement. He was too busy loving the job he did, and the people he worked with. His co-workers remember his smile, his upbeat attitude, his willingness to help and his gentlemanly manner.
More specifically, he loved working with the Community Services Boards. He was known on the 6th floor as the “go-to-guy” for the CSB’s. If they had a need, Bob found a way to take care of it. But then again, he always had a habit of taking care of people. He was also known as the “great accommodator.”
Bob was looking forward with great anticipation to this week’s annual meeting of the Association of Government Accountants in Charlottesville. He treasured the relationships he formed with others in attendance, and the chance to renew old acquaintances at the opening day’s Roundtable discussion. He also looked forward with great enthusiasm to the several rounds of golf he had lined up for the next few days.
Bob was a proud and devoted family man, having just walked his daughter Anne down the aisle this past spring. Son Bert’s wedding was coming up this fall. His friends on the 6th floor were inspired by the way in which he took care of Suzanne and the kids.
Bob's other loves in his life? The Virginia Tech Hokies, and a Hershey’s chocolate kiss. He could be persuaded to do just about anything if there was chocolate involved.
Today, simply out of habit, some of Bob’s co-workers jumped up to go ask him a question. He was known as a wealth of knowledge in grants management.
Commissioner Jim Reinhard shared these thoughts today:
I am saddened to hear of this sudden and tragic loss among our work family. It is especially hard to hear about this from the other side of the globe and to feel even more ineffective in being able to be a part of the immediate grieving and adjustment to the loss of Bob. These past few weeks I have seen up close people responding with courage to inexplicable tragedy and loss. Life is fragile and precious. Please pass along my deepest sympathy, and I look forward to being back with you in a few days.
Bob was set to turn 60 on August 7th. Just like everything else in his life, he would have done so with a smile and no regrets.
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