Remembering Eric Schmuckler

He was larger than life. He always lived life to the fullest and spent every minute possible doing the things he loved which included his love of music, theater, film, TV, literature, his family and Judaism via Temple Beth Abraham.

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Top: Eric, center, enjoying a happy moment with his brother Adam and his father David. Bottom: Eric in the middle of things as usual.

He was extremely active in the Temple, and served as a board member for many years.

He and his son, Ben, loved sharing everything baseball, including an incredible father/ son trip a few years ago to the midwest, hopping from one baseball stadium to another. He actually wrote a story about this in Child Magazine. They also visited Cooperstown, NY (Baseball Hall of Fame) with Joe and B.J. Lillis.

With his younger son, Matt, he passed on his love of show tunes and Broadway.

When it became clear some ten years ago that he needed to stay home to focus on his alternative health program, he embraced being a full-time father to the boys — he cooked for them, arranged playdates and afterschool activities, and often spent time in their classrooms talking about being a journalist.

He also had several music/ theater and literary friends in town including Joe Queenan, Tom Hinds and Peter Royston.

Last, as you know, Eric’s sense of humor was all-encompassing. He couldn’t take a picture without making a joke. His sharp wit and humor were infectious and inspiring. He made jokes up until the end. He will be sorely missed but lovingly remembered.

Michelle Gelber,
Eric’s wife

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