Vincent Leo Schmidt

Vince was an upstate New York boy, born in Amsterdam, New York, who started his higher education at Niagara College.  After a year at Niagara, he joined the Navy, was selected to attend NAPS and entered the Naval Academy.   Vince took Academy life in stride. He enjoyed company sports and periodic bridge games and was generally “unflappable“.  On graduation, Vince headed for Pensacola and on completion of flight training served in patrol squadrons flying out of Rota, Spain and Jacksonville, FL.


Vince left the Navy, to start a career with the State of Connecticut Labor Department and raise a family in the Hartford, Connecticut area.  Vince had married the love of his life, Winifred Fitzpatrick, in 1956, and over the years they raised six children who now with their families reside in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Ireland.  Vince was active in St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford and the Irish American Club in Glastonbury.  Vince died at Hartford Hospital on 5 August 1997, and was interred at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield.