Warren Donald Schmidt passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 31, at age 89, surrounded by his loving and beloved wife Ann, his three daughters, and his granddaughter.
Warren was born in Dobbs Ferry, to Harold and Gladys Schmidt, on Aug. 14, 1931. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
On Feb. 11, 1956, he married his true love, Ann Marie O’Connor. They moved to Hastings, where they raised their daughters Barbara, Linda, and Kerry. The family spent many happy summers on the Hudson River with friends and family on Warren’s various boats. Later in life, Warren would come to love and respect his sons-in-law — Peter, Ron, and Brian — and adore his grandchildren Matthew, RJ, and Kaitlyn.
For over 25 years, Warren was a co-owner of K&S Rigging & Machinery, based in Yonkers, until he and Ann retired to Palm Coast, Fla., in 1995.
Warren had a passion for antique cars, restoring more than five of them, and he especially cherished his 1928 Model A, which he named “Driving Miss Daisy.” He was active in his local antique car club, called the Crankin A’s, and organized road trips and social events for his friends. He was also a member of the Elks Club.
Warren was very creative, and he loved making things. His beloved butterflies were everyone’s favorite. He also made trophies for his car club, as well as countless other items, such as lamps and coffee tables. He was admired and well known for making costumes for all special occasions and loved creating fun-themed events for his friends. He was known for his quick and wicked sense of humor, incredible memory, and his compassion and generosity.
Warren was preceded by his father Harold, his mother Gladys, and his brothers Harold, Stephen, and Peter. He is survived by his loving sister Evelyn and his younger siblings Laura and Bob.
There was a celebration of his life on Sept. 5 at Clymer Funeral Home in Palm Coast. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Advent Medical Hospice Flagler County.