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Richard C. Schwarz

Posted By obits On July 3, 2020 @ 9:02 am In Obituaries,Outer Banks | 5 Comments

Richard C. “Big Art” Schwarz passed away at his home in Buxton, NC on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  He was 78 years old.

He was born in New York and resided in Woodbridge for most of his life before moving to Buxton, NC 15 years ago.  He was a graduate of Woodbridge High School Class of 1959, served in the United States Army and was also a Communicant of the St. James Roman Catholic Church of Woodbridge.

Richard was very fond of the Outer Banks beaches. As part of his retirement routine he would enjoy a drive on the beach and check out the surf and the catch of the day.  Richard lived by the motto “work hard, play hard.”  He lived life fully, surrounded by family and friends. The richness of his humor and magnitude of his story telling will leave behind unforgettable memories.  We truly believe he will continue to be the life of the party as he watches over us all.

Richard owned and operated The Woodbridge Flower Shoppe & Greenhouses for many years, during which time he was a member of the Allied Florists Association of  Middlesex County, NJ State Florist Association, FTD, AFS, and Teleflora.

He was a member of Middlesex Council 859, Knights of Columbus, Woodbridge BPOE Elks Lodge 2116, Woodbridge Veterans of Foreign Wars, was a life member of Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Company No.1 serving 36 years, Woodbridge Exempt Fire Association and the Anglers Club of Buxton, N.C.

Richard was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Clark Schwarz; son, Richard R. Schwarz, in 2001; and brother, John J. Schwarz; in 2010.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Barbara Dzergoski Schwarz; daughters Anne Luyber and her husband Todd and children Hunter and Paige of West Creek, N.J.; Mary Roche and her husband Joe and children David, Sean, and Emma of Sewaren, N.J.; sister Marianne Spisak of Nebraska.  Richard also leaves behind many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Donations in memory of Richard can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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Condolence from Monica and James Hooper on July 4th, 2020 1:37 am

I am so sorry to see this news. My husband and I met Mr Richard playing cards at our dear late friend Sam’s house in Avon, only later to realized he and his wife where my late father’s neighbors in Buxton Woods. Always a kind, sweet man. Our deepest condolences to his wife and family. ♡

Condolence from Danny Couch and family on July 4th, 2020 6:57 am

Going to miss talking with him, great attitude about all things even if it didn’t line up with his way of thinking! Rest easy, neighbor.

Condolence from Linda Lengyel on July 4th, 2020 9:00 pm

Barbara and family
Our deepest sympathies
Enjoyed our angler club monthly dinners together. His humor will he missed .

Condolence from Sharon and George Pratt on July 5th, 2020 9:45 am

As neighbors Richard and Barbara added enrichment to our lives. Richard is missed.

Condolence from Anna on July 6th, 2020 7:14 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I owned a flower shop on Hatteras Island for about two years and loved to talk to Richard when he came to get flowers for his wife. He shared with me some books from his father’s flower shop and exchanged ideas. He will be missed.

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