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Richard Schad, chief engineer, Army veteran

Dec. 4, 1921 – July 25, 2015

Richard “Dick” Schad of Jackson, N.J., a retired chief engineer, died Saturday at the Orchard at Bartley in Jackson, N.J., after a short illness. He was 93.

A lifelong resident of Buffalo, Mr. Schad earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo in 1969. He was an Army veteran who served in Italy from 1946 to 1947.

Mr. Schad began his professional career as a mechanical repairman at National Cash Register in 1943.

Later, he was appointed vice president and chief engineer at Rigidized Metals Corporation. After over 30 years of service, he retired in 1986.

Active in the Mother of Divine Grace church community for many years, he also enthusiastically took up ballroom dancing late in life. He was a devoted bridge player and student of the game. He was a lifelong reader and was known by family and friends as a “tinkerer” with all things mechanical.

His wife of 57 years, the former Mary M. Fitzsimmons, died in 2000.

Survivors include a daughter, Elaine Hanson; two sons, Michael and Martin; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Infant of Prague Church, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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