2013-09-26 / Obituaries

Edward E. Schott

Edward E. Schott, 82, of Hickory N.C., died peacefully Sept. 21, 2013, at Catawba Valley Hospice House in Newton, N.C. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Bardol) Schott and the son of the late Eugene and Emily (Schmidt) Schott.

He was born on Feb. 19, 1931, in Port Chester, N.Y., and was raised in the Byram section of Greenwich, Conn. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Ed began his long career as an engineer and manufacturing executive at Union Carbide in Bound Brook, N.J., where he was part of the team responsible for the design of the machinery that manufactured Glad bags and wrap. In 1973, he left Union Carbide and he and his family moved from Westfield, N.J., to Hickory, N.C., where Ed served as president of Superior Continental, the cable manufacturing division of Continental Telephone. From Hickory, they moved to Westport, Conn., during which time Ed worked for ITT in Manhattan, and then to Sharon, Penn., where Ed was named president of ITT Reznor, a manufacturer of industrial heaters.

He then moved with Reznor to Memphis, Tenn., where he spent the last few years of his career before retiring back to Hickory. Upon retirement, Ed and Ruth spent summers in Newport and Jamestown.

Ed was a parishioner at St. Columba’s Chapel in Middletown, and at St. Alban’s Parish in Hickory where he was a member of the memorial garden committee. He served on the board of the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and was an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity and the Cooperative Christian Ministry.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Sally Schott of Jamestown, and Daniel Schott-Bardol and Jeanette Bybee of Hickory; and by three grandchildren, Emily, William and John Schott. His brother and sisterin law, Eric and Diane Schott of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., also survive him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Hickory, N.C., with a reception immediately following in the parish hall. Donations can be made in Ed’s honor to the Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658, or to the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry, 31 1st Ave. SE, Hickory, NC 28601.

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