Schad of Morgan Hill, a devoted and beloved husband, father and
grandfather, died Aug. 15, 2004, in San Jose after a two-week
battle with pneumonia
John Edward “Jack” Schad of Morgan Hill, a devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Aug. 15, 2004, in San Jose after a two-week battle with pneumonia.
Born Sept. 25, 1916, in San Jose to Louis and Cecile Schad, Jack was raised on the family prune orchard where he developed life-long interests in horticulture, fishing, short wave radio and music. He attended Bellarmine High School and the University of Santa Clara before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served during World War II and the Korean War as an electronics instructor at Treasure Island, Washington D.C. and Mount Desert Island, ME.
A licensed amateur radio operator from the age of 14, Jack spent a lifetime connecting with strangers around the world. But his first love was his family. With his unassuming, patient, and gentle manner, innate curiosity and love of nature, Jack’s life was a shining example for his children and grandchildren. A respected and trusted business leader, he owned and operated wholesale electronic parts companies, Schad Electronic Supply and John E. Schad, Inc.
Despite the demands of his businesses, he made time for his family, and delighted in outings to Santa Cruz and Capitola beaches, fishing off the piers and in mountains and reservoirs around San Jose, coveted family vacations at Silver Lake and back yard barbecues.
A deeply spiritual man and devout traditional Catholic, he is survived by Marion Schad, his wife of 55 years, four children, Gerald L. “Jerry” Schad of La Mesa, Leslee Schad, of West Grove, Penn., Laurie Schad, of Essex Junction, Ver., Marita Roth of Morgan Hill. He is the proud grandfather of nine, Tom Schad, Eben and Joshua Kaplan, Peter, Paul and Michael Montane and Katie, Amy and Millie Roth.
Services will be held at 11 am, Thursday, Aug. 19, at Lima Family Santa Clara, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Interment will follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.