Alan G. Schmitt died Nov. 8, 2009. Born Dec. 23, 1924, to Peter and Justine (Arens) Schmitt in Detroit, Mich., Alan had been a resident of Marathon since 1955.
Preceded in death by his brothers, Edwin J., Walter W., John D. and Roger, Alan is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 66 years Pat, sons Bruce (fiancé Ginger Henderson), David and Brian (Daughter-in-law DD), Daughter Alynn (son-in-law Ken McManus) and grandchildren Celia, Stephanie and Shawn McManus of St. Louis, special friend Stanley Wade and close relatives Aunt Sylvia and Mike Puto.
After graduating St. Catharines High School in 1943, Alan joined the U. S. Army and served with distinction in the 96th Infantry Division. He fought in Battle of Leyte and Okinawa where he earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star in the Battle of Kakazu Ridge.
In 1949, Alan graduated on the G. I. Bill from the University of Michigan in 1949 and went to work for the Packard Motor Car Company, Sadowski Construction and Montgomery Ward Dept. Store as a store accountant, before coming to his beloved Florida Keys in 1955 as General Manager for Phil Sadowski’s Developments of Key Colony Beach, Little Venice and Marathon Shores. He went on to establish his own real estate company, which continues today as Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Company. He was instrumental in numerous sales and developments in the Middle Keys. He continued his career at Appraisal Certified Services where Alan worked with his “Angels” for a number of years.
Alan was involved with numerous organizations in Marathon’s formative years, including the Marathon Chamber of Commerce, Marathon Jaycees, Rotary Club, Fisherman’s Hospital (Founding Director and Officer) and Marathon Board of Realtors (Founding Director and Past President). He was a member of San Pablo Catholic Church and School where he was instrumental in the institution’s construction.
Alan enjoyed boating, snow skiing, tennis and was a pilot but most enjoyed waterskiing with his family and friends. He taught many people to waterski over the past 50 years.
He loved his adopted Florida Keys and had little interest in travel because as far as he was concerned, Marathon was the best place on earth. The only thing he treasured more than travel was his family and close friends who will all miss him dearly.
Services will be held today at San Pablo Catholic Church at 11 am with reception to follow at the Marathon Yacht Club (33rd St Gulf ). In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the CB Schmitt Charitable Foundation, 11100 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050.