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John Matthew Schneider Jr., avid golfer, fisherman

September 12, 2017

John Matthew Schneider Jr., of Lewes, formerly of Newburgh, N.Y. and Williamstown, N.J., passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Milford.

John was born and raised in Atlantic City, N.J., and neighboring Brigantine, N.J. He attended Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic City, playing football for the Spartans. He joined the Marines in 1966, achieving the rank of sergeant (E-5) before being honorably discharged in 1970. He spent the majority of his career working as a service technician and kerf designer for IBM in Cherry Hill, N.J., and East Fishkill, N,Y.

John was an avid golfer, playing every course he could, and had numerous golfing buddies. He also enjoyed fishing in the bays of the Jersey shore with his father and his family, catching bluefish, flounder and weakfish. He purchased a cake every year Nov. 10 to celebrate the birth of the Marine Corps, sharing it with his friends and family. With his vast knowledge of all trivia (especially history), he bested all challengers in games of Trivial Pursuit. He was a voracious reader, enjoying the works of Shelby Foote and James Michener, and was also a die-hard fan of both the Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia; his children John and Jennifer; and his grandson Alex.

A private memorial will be held to celebrate John's life.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following charitable organizations: Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963 (delawarehospice.org), or the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 (www.michaeljfox.org).

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.