Charles David Schmid, 91, C&P installer, veteran

January 11, 2003

Charles David Schmid, a retired Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. installer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Jan. 4 at his Sparks home. He was 91.

Mr. Schmid was born in Baltimore. He was raised in the city's Pimlico section and studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

An infantryman, Mr. Schmid landed on June 6, 1944, with the 29th Division at Omaha Beach. He later participated in the capture of St. Lo and also crossed the Rhine River into Germany.

When the war ended, he was discharged with the rank of sergeant.

When he returned to civilian life, Mr. Schmid worked as a telephone installer until he retired in 1975.

Mr. Schmid's Pimlico back yard was filled with several sample tombstones and marble benches made by his father-in-law, who was a stonecutter - perfect props for the ghost stories he liked to tell.

"Needless to say, while some children enjoyed the stories and couldn't stay away, others were clearly more comfortable walking on the other side of the street," said a daughter, Patti S. Cockey of London.

An animal lover, Mr. Schmid worked with the Baltimore County Humane Society, caring for retired police horses for 20 years.

He also adopted many dogs and cats.

Services were held Wednesday.

Mr. Schmid is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Joan Williams; four other daughters, Gail E. DiJulio of Pikesville, Vicki L. Hanle of Finksburg, Dolores E. Astroth and Jane V. Schmid, both of Sparks; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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