In Memory Of

Mr. Richard T.

Service Information

Monday, January 11, 2021
A special request;



Upon entering the building:

1. Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's guidance, all visitors must keep a mask or face covering on at all times and practice social distancing during the entire duration of their visitation. 

2. All persons attending will have their temperature taken upon entering the building. People attending will be asked to provide contact information (Full name and telephone number or email) for contact tracing should it become necessary. No contact information will be used for solicitation, this is solely for the Department of Health. 

3. Each Chapel has it's own maximum capacity, Fairchild Sons will police this policy and we thank you for your cooperation in following their directions. In the event that the chapel becomes at maximum capacity, we will request for you to wait outside of the building until someone else leaves the visitation. At that time we will make you aware that you are able to enter the building to pay your respects. 

Thank you for your cooperation during this time


SCHMIDT, Richard T., died peacefully in his sleep on January 8, 2021 at the age of 88. pre-deceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Eileen (nee Burke), he is survived by his two children: Robert (Karen) and Carol Ann Califano (Thomas). He was the proud and loving grandfather “Poppy” to Victoria, Courtney, Claudia, Kelsey and Thomas. Richie was born and raised in Rego Park, Queens and happily lived most of his life in Middle Village. Shortly after graduating from Forest Hills High School he enlisted in the Air Force where he saw active duty in Korea and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant serving as Crew Chief in a B-26 fighter/bomber squadron stationed in Pusan, South Korea. While on a short leave from the Air Force he married his beloved Eileen on April 9, 1955. After returning to civilian life he utilized many of the engineering skills he learned in the Air Force to start a career in the management and operation of commercial real estate property in Manhattan. He worked for almost 40 years for the Rudin Management Company, one of the premier owners and operators of commercial and residential real estate property in New York City, where he rose through ranks and retired in 1998 as a senior executive. Even in retirement Richie stayed active and involved with his former business colleagues, the National Association of Power Engineers and the New York Publicity Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons where he was a Past Master. Most of all Richie enjoyed spending time with his extended family including many nieces, nephews and assorted in-laws. Richie particularly enjoyed the many days spent taking trips on his boat “Cheers” all over the Long Island Sound and other destinations always with Eileen at his side and on really good days with his grandchildren playing down below in the cockpit. Richie was a classy guy who was loved and respected by many, provided for his family and led by example. He had a full life and is now reunited with the love of his life. Contributions in Richard T. Schmidt’s memory can be made to Elizabeth Seton Children's Center.


If anyone is interested in joining the zoom mass for Mr. Richard Schmidt on 01/12/2021 at 11 am, please see the zoom information below:

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Meeting ID: 892 8346 3489
Passcode: 683877


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