Obituary of Thomas Ervin Schneider
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Thomas Ervin Schneider on Saturday June 3, 2023. Tom leaves behind the love of his life, Susan Smith, and cherished daughter Ella. He will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Jane Schneider and the late Frederick Schneider and as a beloved son-in-law to Patricia and William Smith. He is mourned by siblings, Peter Patel-Schneider (Sandhya), Dan Schneider (Rhona), Anne Fontana (Fabrizio), Peggy Schneider (Gareth), his nieces and nephews, Ella’s partner Nick Yungblut, as well as countless dear friends and colleagues.
Tom lived life to the fullest and had many passions. He loved hiking, mountain biking, downhill skiing, paddling and music. He took any opportunity to strap on his cross-country skiis and knew how to stretch the season long after others had stored their gear. Tom had a very special relationship with his farm. The trails will feel empty without him. He loved nature, travel, and good food. Dropping in to visit Tom and Sue was like an oasis of good cheer, surrounded by birds, forests and friends. Music was always a part of Tom’s life, and his voice could light up a room.
Tom’s academic journey was impressive and spanned music (opera), business (MBA Wilfrid Laurier), and accounting (PhD University of Waterloo, CPA, CMA). He was a faculty member at the University of Alberta before joining Toronto Metropolitan University as an Associate Professor of Environmental and Social Accounting. Tom’s passion for environmental protection and ethics informed his many academic contributions and collaborations, including membership on the United Nations Expert Group on Resource Management.
Tommy was the boy who always smiled. His magnetic personality gathered lifelong friends everywhere he went. Friends loved spending time with him and he made everyone feel included. We will miss his warm and easy smile, his natural laughter and the twinkle in his eye.
A visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, from 4:00-7:00p.m. A private memorial service will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Tom’s honour can be made to Bruce Trail Conservancy, Camp Waabanaki care of YMCA of Three Rivers, or Birds Canada which may be arranged through the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo at www.erbgood.com