|Birth: ||Mar. 14, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 2011|
Former Schneider Corp. chair was noted environmentalist
One of the last members of the Schneider family to run the landmark food-processing company has died.
Frederick P. Schneider — whose tenure with the family firm began during summer holidays as a young man and spanned more than four decades until his retirement as chair of Schneider Corp. in 1992 — died Monday at the age of 85.
A noted environmentalist, Schneider and his wife, Jane, shared the trails, woodlands and swamps of their rural Wilmot Township property with all those who respect the land, and spoke out against the encroachment of urban sprawl on the sensitive Waterloo moraine.
Earlier this year, the couple was presented with Ontario Nature's W.W.H. Gunn Conservation Award for their commitment to the natural world.
"My father was a very strong advocate of environmental policy and environmental stewardship," said one of Fred Schneider's five children, Anne Fontana.
Over the years, the couple's environmental efforts in Waterloo Region and around their Georgian Bay cottage earned them awards from a host of organizations.
In 1989, when Fred Schneider retired from actively running the Kitchener-based company that his grandfather, J.M. Schneider, founded in 1890, he remarked that he was impressed with the growth of the business.
"He was very interested in the company going forward, and he believed the company had a good future," said Fontana, as she read from a letter her father had written upon his retirement.
Schneider joined the company full-time as an office worker in 1949, and moved through a variety of positions. He was named president in 1968, and oversaw a massive restructuring that began in 1988.
The Schneider family sold the business to a U.S. firm, Smithfield Foods, in 1998, which in turn sold the company to Maple Leaf Foods in 2004.
Away from work, music was a lifelong interest of her father's, Fontana said. "He was very much a supporter of music in the community."
SCHNEIDER, Frederick Paul Beloved husband of Jane, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family, at home in Wilmot Township, on Monday, September 19, 2011. Fred is survived by his wife Jane, children Peter Frederick Patel-Schneider (Sandhya), Daniel John Schneider (Rhona Hanning), Anne Cecile Fontana (Fabrizio), Margaret Ella Schneider (Gareth Jones), Thomas Ervin Schneider (Susan Smith). Fred had 11 grandchildren, Matthew, Mara, Andrew, Kiera, Adam, Sophie, Frances, Katie, Corin, Aidan and Ella. Frederick Paul Schneider was born March 14, 1926 in Kitchener, the second child of Frederick Henry Schneider and Ella Eugenia Schneider (nee Daniels) and brother to Jean May Hawkings. After obtaining a BA degree from McMaster University and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto, Fred joined the family firm, J.M. Schneider Ltd., in 1949 and held various roles including President, CEO and Chairman. He retired from active service in 1989 and as Chairman of the Board in 1992. A noted environmentalist, Fred planted thousands of trees during his life, supported land stewardship and enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. He spent many hours hiking, cross-country skiing and creating trails on his farm in Wilmot Township. Fred spent many years on the board of the KW Symphony Orchestra and was also a prominent supporter of local chamber music and opera. He was a strong advocate for the building of the Centre in the Square, insisting on world class acoustics as the top priority. Although he never considered himself a musician, Fred loved to sing. A gathering to celebrate Fred's life and share memories with his family will take place in the Studio of the Centre in the Square, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener, on Friday, November 4th and Saturday the 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Studio entrance is on Ellen Street. The family is sponsoring the November 4th and 5th concerts of the K-W Symphony Signature Series in honour of Fred's life-long love of music, and his ongoing wish that the symphony remain an integral part of the Waterloo Region. If you wish to join the family at these concerts, please contact the KWS Patron Services at 519-745-4711 (1) for ticket information or www.kwsymphony.ca (promo code 1330). Cremation has taken place and a private family interment will be held at Woodland Cemetery, Kitchener. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Kitchener-Waterloo, the Grand River Conservation Foundation (directed towards outdoor education), or the Mennonite Economic Development Association (for micro-loans to developing countries). Donations may be arranged through the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home , 171 King St. S., Waterloo, at www.erbgood.com or 519-745-8445.
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Created by: Allan Dettweiler
Record added: Sep 21, 2011
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