richard j.schantz
Greece: April 4, 2011 at age 74. Predeceased by his son, Kevin Schantz; brother-in-law, Al Leo; brother and sister-in-law, Donald & Lois Schwab. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beatrice 'Bea' Schantz; son, Richard (Karen) Schantz; daughter, Robin (Robert) Andrews; grandchildren, Alysia Schantz, Kristen Schantz, Christina Andrews & Bobby Andrews; brothers, Charles (Jeanne) Schantz; sisters, Judy Leo & Eva Schantz; aunts, Agnes Schantz & Betty Schantz; many nieces, nephews and cousins; dear friends. Richard was a graduate of West High, RIT and University of Kentucky. He is a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company after 35 years of service. Richard was a member if Bethany Presbyterian Church for over 48 years, where he served as Elder, Deacon and on many other committees. He was a member of Friends of Rochester Presbyterian Home, Ambassador for the Northwest YMCA and President of RIT Alumni Association. Richard dearly loved his children and grandchildren, fishing, downhill skiing, golf, Bridge and Jokers & Pegs. Friends may call Thursday, 4-8 P.M. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road, Greece Chapel. His Funeral Service will be held, Friday 11 A.M. at Bethany Presbyterian Church, 3000 Dewey Avenue. Interment in White Haven Memorial Park to be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Schwab-Schantz Educational Fund, c/o Bethany Presbyterian Church in his memory.

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  1. A Fisherman’s Prayer’
    God, grant that I may live to fish
    For another shining day,
    But; when my final cast is made
    I then must humbly pray,
    When nestled in your landing net
    As I lay peacefully asleep,
    You’ll smile at me and judge
    That I’m ‘Good Enough To Keep’

    I am Bud & Nancy’s Daughter Debbie.
    They have asked me to contact you…..Dad had some very nice rememberances of Dick and I hope I have done him well with the ‘Fisherman’s Prayer’, as I love to fish also

  2. Dear Bea – we don’t know if you will remember us from our RIT days but we wanted to express our heartfelt sympathy and let you know we share your sorrow.

    I remember you and we remember Dicks warm smile and the twinkle in his eye – the picture in the paper looks just like the Dick we remember from our RIT days. Wishing you serenity,
    Judi (Hinchliffe) and John Sturge

  3. Dear Bea and Family: I am saddened and brokenhearted at the loss of Dick,one of my oldest friends. Wegrew up together in the South Plymouth Ave. area and enjoyed a great chidhood and High School years as great friends. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and I will offer many prayers for My good friend Dick with whom I along with our other friends enjoyed many good times. May God Bless you all. Anthony

  4. Dear Bea, My prayers are with you and your family. May God bring you comfort,strength and love from your many friends. Hope to see you soon to share a big hug. With love,

  5. Dear Bea, Rick, Robin and family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. Our memories of Dick at Kevin’s house are ones full of a lot of laughter. Whenever Dick was there, we were sure to be the recipient of a great story! Now, with the passing of another Schantz, the world is just a bit dimmer.
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  6. Dick and I were best of friends at West High. Sadly we lost track of our friendship over the years. Rest in Peace my old friend

  7. Dick Schantz was one of my Dad’s dearest friends. They worked at Kodak Park together, but my Dad was alot older than Dick. When my Dad was sick, (1977), Dick was always there for him. My Dad loved Dick, and I remember meeting him, and always hearing such wonderful things about him, many many times… I am sure they are catching up on alot of stuff right now. May the spirit of the Lord, bring you all comfort now……………….Sincerely, Eileen Dolan, Edward Dolan’s daughter

  8. Dick,
    Remembering our days at Kodak andthe fun fishing expeditions, save us a spot.
    Al (Bud) & Nancy Hardies

  9. I didn’t know Dick personally, or even know his name, but I would see him often at the Y, and he was always so friendly and he always had a smile on his face. I am sorry for your loss, my condolences to all of you.

  10. I only new Mr.Schantz a short while at the YMCA but he always said hello to me. I just knew the love of Jesus was with him and always will be. May the Lord bless you all.

  11. I was honored to know Dick and have the opportunity to work with Him for years, at Kodak. He was an outstanding individual and a role model to many.

  12. I was saddened to read of Dick’s passing in this mornings newspaper.

    I worked as an engineer in Building 135 from 1976 until 1997 when I retired. My relationship with Dick was limited to project review meetings. I looked forward to those meetings because the experience was always certain to end on a positive note. Dick always had a smile on his face and a sparkle in his eye that was sure to make those around him feel at ease in his presence. I certainly respected Dick as a person and a leader.

    As an aside I remember meeting Dick many years ago in 1954 or 1955. The meeting occurred on Plymouth Ave. near Immaculate Conception Church. Dick was with a friend who he introduced to me and my friend. I shook hands with Dick’s friend and the next thing I knew I was laying on my back. It turned out that Dick’s friend was skilled in the art of Judo and I became the recipient of his skill. I was not injured but my pride was a little bruised. I recall that Dick was very amused at the surprised look I must have had on my face. That was how I remember first meeting Dick. I did not see Dick again until 1976 when I began to work in Building 135. Even though it was over 20 years since I last saw Dick he was still the same friendly and outgoing person he was as a teenager.

    My sincere sympathies to his family.

    Frank E. Augonis

  13. I’m so sorry that I will be in Texas during the services, but please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I am going to miss Dick’s laugh, and his antics when playing euchre.

    Lenny Schantz

  14. My deepest sympaty to you Bea and your families.

    He was such a fine man, loving family and life.

    I recall the many good times we had growing up together at West High School.
    We were in many classes and sports over those high school years. Used to meet him in front of my house on Columbia Ave and we would walk together to West High. Esxcept for those days when I over-slept.

    I wll remember him and miss him greatly.

  15. My name is Mario Bonfiglio. I worked alongside Dick for many years at Kodak’s Plastic and Metal Products Division. During our time as co-workers, I remember Dick as a friendly, competent and people-oriented person who could always be counted on.
    My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  16. So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of need.
    The Memelo’s

  17. What a sad and unexpected passing. Our deepest sympathies to Dick’s family and friends. Our prayers are with you all.

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