• Goodbye to a Friend

  • APRIL 19, 2012

  • Richard Schaab, Sr., former Westchester County Association Vice President Dies at 71

  • We're sad to report the passing of our good friend Dick Schaab, the longtime vice president of the Westchester County Association after a short illness. He was 71...

    Dick, who lived in Ossining, was remembered for his attention to detail, his modesty and professionalism when he retired from the association in 2005 after 19 years. Hundreds of people came to the dinner, said WCA managing director of advocacy Amy Allen.

    “He had to make sure he thanked every single one of them,” she said.

    Richard Schaab Jr. said he was proud to be his son.

    “He was a great dad,” he said. “My sister and I were very fortunate to have him. He was a giving man. He put other people first. He had great faith.”

    Schaab was born June 6, 1940, and grew up in Pearl River, graduating from Pearl River High School in 1958. He attended the College of the Holy Cross and then joined the Navy in 1962. He worked for Union Carbide before joining the Westchester County Association in 1986.

    He met his wife, Jane, at Union Carbide and they married on June 8, 1968.

    Schaab was active in Junior Achievement and loved sports, especially the New York Giants. As a child he was an altar server at St. Margaret of Antioch Catholic Church in Pearl River and later, when his children were young, he was a eucharistic minister and member of the parish council at St. Augustine.

    Even with his work in the community, “He always put his family first and made a lot of sacrifices for us,” his son said.

    Schaab became ill in February and was diagnosed with brain cancer, his son said.

    In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by a daughter, Jane Anne, and two sisters, Ellen Sonnenfroh and Mary Wicklund.

    -The Journal News

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