Richard Penrose Schmidt

February 9, 2019


Richard Penrose Schmidt Jr., 61, known as “Rick” to family and friends, passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2019 in Syracuse, NY. Rick was born in 1957 in Seattle, WA, grew up in Gainesville, FL and moved to Syracuse in 1970, where he lived until his death. He attended PK Yonge in Gainesville and Jamesville-Dewitt High School and Onondaga Community College in Syracuse. From 1985 to 1993 he was married to Sue Shapiro. Throughout his adult life Rick cooked at various restaurants in the Syracuse area including Capt. Ahab’s Seafood and Steaks, Brick Alley Grill House and Quigley’s Tavern. In his free time Rick enjoyed listening to music, reading books and newspapers, watching history and science shows and old moviesand spending time with friends. His friends and family valuedhis kindness, his weird sense of humor and his enthusiasm andknowledge of current events and science. Rick is survived by his sister, Viki Schmidt, of Austin, TX, best friend Peter Gale, landlord and friend John Rados, and many other friends whose lives he touched over the years. He will be greatly missed by all of them. Leave condolences at

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