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Alexander Lewis Schmid, February 16, 1952-January 14, 2015

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 A long-time and much loved member of the Macatawa community passed away on Janaury 14, 2015.  Alex was a third generation summer resident of Macatawa.  His maternal grandparents built the Foster Cottage in the 1920’s and his parents, Jane Foster and Sandy Schmid, met and fell in love in Macatawa.  Alex and his wife of 34 years, Tina Hogan, got married in the cottage in 1980.  Their three children, John, Timothy and Molly spent most of their summers in Macatawa following in the traditions of sailing, beaching, making lifelong friends, and much much, more…

Alex grew up in Saint Louis surrounded by a large extended family, many of whom also enjoyed summers in Michigan.  He took a circuituous route through college starting at the University of Pennsylvania and then on to Antioch College with several years of study in Paris and Grenoble, where he became fluent in French.  He leapt at any chance to “parlez” with anyone who might understand and decades later a trip to France was enhanced immensely by his ability to conjure up the long, unused language.  

In the mid-1970’s, Alex made his way west to San Francisco and eventually enrolled in law school where he met Tina.  He practiced immigration law before moving into estate planning and tax law.  His free time was spent with his family – coaching soccer teams, and teaching his children to scuba dive and to love action movies!

We are fortunate that Alex was able to retire at a young age, giving him the time to pursue many of his dreams.  Several years were spent sailing on the Gone Again in the Northwest, the San Francisco Bay Area, and down the coast to Mexico.  Next, Alex pursued woodworking which he approached as much more than just a hobby.  Spending full days in his shop, he quickly excelled at the craft, filling his family’s homes with beautiful furniture.  Retirement also meant a lot more time spent in Macatawa, playing tennis, shouting “hellos” at passersby and working diligently to save the Macatawa that he loved so much from development.

In October, 2013, Alex was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis/Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  He faced this shocking news wth dignity and grace and a determination to raise awareness for this debilitating disease.  He co-chaired Team Neuron in the annual East Bay Walk and helped raise the most money in that walk’s history.  Alex maintained the sense of humor that he was known and loved for until the very end.

Alex is survived by his wife Tina; son John and his wife Rachel and their twins Everett and Hazel; son Timothy and his fiance Lauren; and daughter Molly.  He is also survived by his step sister, Carolyn Campbell and step brother John Fayart.

A memorial service  was held March 14 in California and a memorial service is planned, probably in July, at Macatawa.



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