In Branford, June 7, 2006, William E. Schmidt, 73, of West Haven, husband of Patricia Gillen Schmidt, father of Annelouise Schmidt and her partner, Pam Schmidt of Ogden, UT, Lauretta (Laurie) Dowling and her husband, Michael of Hamden, Greta Heath and her husband, Ray of Rutland, MA and Heidi Law and her husband, David of Kingston, MA. Also survived by a brother, the Rev. Nicholas Brie of Taneytown, MD, a brother-in-law, Eugene Gillen of Cheshire, CT and six grandchildren, Michael, Steven and Daniel Dowling, Jordan and Caitlin Law and Thomas Heath. Son of the late Edward and Harriett Wiese Schmidt, he was born in Waterbury on July 1, 1932. An Air Force Veteran having served in Korea, Mr. Schmidt attended Art School in California and was on the reunion committee for the Hamden Class of 1951. He ws the owner of the former S.Z Field Co. of New Haven, and worked in sales for the former Sweet Printing of Glastonbury and most recently at Thames Printing in Norwich. He was also a supporter of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. A funeral service will be held at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Monday, June 12 at 10 A.M. Friends may call Sunday from 4-8 P.M. Interment in Beaverdale Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Connecticut Hospice, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, 06405. For information or to send a condolence see:

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  1. Dear Pat & Family, I always remember Pat & Bill together. What a beautiful, happy couple. We are so sorry for your loss. My favorite memory is of your great parties and especially the clam/lobster bakes! What a way to enjoy life! Thank you for all the smiles and happiness you brought into our lives. Love, Colleen

  2. Dear Pat and Family, I had the pleasure of knowing you and Bill through our affiliation with the Hamden Heronettes (late 70’s – early 80’s). Remember those crazy days? I remember (you and) Bill always being there and helping out. He was always a gentleman and had such a handsome smile. May the memories you have be a source of strength and light for a brighter tomorrow. May peace be with you.

  3. Dear Pat and Family, I’m thinking of you all from far away. Love, Siobhan (Eleanor Mary’s daughter)

  4. Heidi, our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. Love, Cathy and Bob

  5. To Bill’s Daughters: I visited Bill last Monday at Hospice. He told me that his time on earth was about to end. I asked him if he was scared. He said no, it was time, and he was proud to have raised three ‘good kids’ with Pat. He didn’t say he’d miss any material things; he didn’t say he’d miss his work. His life was Pat and his three daughters. That’s what mattered. Just wanted to pass along his comments. May you find peace and comfort in the fond memories of your life with Bill.

  6. We were sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

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