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In Remembrance
Edward Garth Schmidt, Sr
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home

“And whosoever believeth in me shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 8th, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, Edward Garth Schmidt, Sr. peacefully departed this earthly home and is now in the arms of our Lord.  Ed is a BOI, born at St. Mary’s Hospital on March 24, 1925.  He recently had his 84th birthday and celebrated with family & friends.

Services to celebrate Mr. Schmidt’s life will be held  at 10 am, Tuesday, April 14th , 2009  at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, with Rev. David Green officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. The family will receive visitors Monday, April 13th from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

As a young boy, Edward had many adventures exploring the wonders of his beloved Gulf of Mexico where he learned to be an avid fisherman. As an adult, he became an expert at floundering and boating and passed his knowledge on to his children & grandchildren.  He knew he had done a good job of teaching the art of fishing when his granddaughter, Crystal, at the age of eight, caught the first flounder off his pier by just dropping a line.  A feat he had been trying to accomplish for months.

At the age of 10, Ed was diagnosed with rheumatic fever, and as a consequence had to spend an entire summer in bed.  This did not set too well with a young man who relished being out of doors.  He’s told many stories of how he used to sneak out of the house while his mother thought he was resting in bed so that he could walk the two blocks to the beach to swim & play among the rocks or go roller skating on the sidewalk at Menard Park.  He always attributed his long life and health to the fact that he didn’t obey his mother and doctors.

To his family members, Ed is known as “Big Eddie” and Pawsie by his grandchildren but to many of his friends he is known as “Smitty”.  As a young man, Eddie learned the electric trade and became a well known and trusted electrician and Galveston businessman.  Before his retirement, he was the owner of Electrical Service & Supply and worked on many of the Lykes Brothers ships that called the Port of Galveston home. Eddie was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers # 527 with more than 60 years of service, he was a mason AF & AM , belonging to the Shriners, Scottish Rite Body and Tucker Lodge in Galveston.

Ed is known as a very gentle person who never complains and sees only the good in everyone he meets.  His philosophy of life is to enjoy every moment of every day he is given and to “never sweat the small stuff”.  His daily motto which he often quotes to his family is “not to worry”, which he often uses when someone wants him to do something he finds unpleasant, like take his daily meds or do his exercises.

Ed is also an accomplished harmonica player, and he loves to sing.  A talent he daily displays with morning serenades to his wife and daughter.  He is a friend to many and an enemy to none.

Eddie is preceded in death by his parents Nora and Robert Reuben Schmidt Sr., his brother Robert R. Schmidt Jr. and wife Ernestine, his sister Katherine Ann Lhoste and husband Eugene, niece Joyce Ann Elfstrom, sister-in-law Pie Wittge, in-laws Carrie Mae & Lloyd Austin Smith and his eldest & beloved son, Edward Garth Schmidt, Jr.

He leaves behind to celebrate his remarkable life and to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 64 years, Wanda Joyce Schmidt, daughter JaRue Schmidt Mansfield, sons Fred Burke Schmidt Sr. and Eugene Sylvaine Schmidt and wife Joan, daughter-in-law Debbie Schmidt and brother-in-law Lloyd Austin Smith.  Granddaughters Stacie Renee Tucker and husband Douglas, Crystal Kay Schmidt and Jean Marie Schmidt.  Grandsons Fred Burke Schmidt Jr., George Edward Schmidt and wife Yvette, and Blake Austin Schmidt. Great grandchildren Haley Marie Schmidt, Trey Schmidt III, Kaili Renee Tucker, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be Ed’s grandsons, Blake Austin Schmidt, George Edward Schmidt and Fred Burke Schmidt, Jr., nephew Robert R. Schmidt, Jr., family members, Carroll Elfstrom, Josh Hernandez, and J.D. Bashline and long time family friend, Tommy McKenzie, Jr.

Edward’s family would like to sincerely thank the A-Med Community Hospice Team, with special thanks to Tom Langford, Connie Alford, Michael Scalora, Eva Cavazos, Paula, Amy, Suzanne, Lois and all the wonderful hospice caregivers who made his final days peaceful and serene.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

“His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23.

Friends may sign the register book and send the family condolences at  Please include the Schmidt name.

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