George C. Schmidt

September 12, 1949October 25, 2019

George C. Schmidt, born September 12, 1949, passed into the hands of Our Lord on October 25, 2019, in Portland, OR, at Providence Portland Medical Center who provided the best care. He was preceded in passing by his father George A. Schmidt, mother Rosemary Schmidt, and brother Stephen Schmidt. George will be lovingly remembered by his surviving wife Marcia Schmidt (Czarnecki); children Wendy Schmidt, Kylea Schmidt-Sundberg and husband Ryan, Kenneth Schmidt and wife Molly, and Erika Schmidt; brother Martin Schmidt and wife Anjie, sister Susan M. Englert (Schmidt) and husband Terry, and sister Gretchen Mills (Schmidt); and many beloved cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

George’s life filled us with laughter and good times. George surrounded the world around him with family, friends, and fun. A native Portlander who lived in our Rose City and loved everything Portland. Earlier in life, he attended Madison High School and other classes. He sold newspapers and worked at the Der Rheinlander, enjoying the food as perks. He briefly worked at Owens Illinois, then served as a loyal Trimet bus driver for 32 years and retired in 2004. George received a National Safety Council Award during his time at Trimet, 25 years prior to retirement.

He loved his children. Taking them places, attending their games and school functions, weddings, and the birth of his three grandchildren by Wendy. All memories he photographed with countless pictures. George was an avid photographer.

He enjoyed all the Northwest had to offer, including camping, fishing, beaches, parks, food, rivers and waterfalls, especially the Columbia River Gorge and east winds. His life filled with adventures, card games, parties, parades, road trips, photography, news and politics, never ending views, walks, playing jokes, peanut butter, taunting the family cat (Gabby), feeding squirrels and birds.

I will always remember him as my loving, caring husband who I married in 1984. He opened a door to a new world for me and many others who were blessed to know George.

Love, Marcia, George’s loving wife, and his family

In lieu of flowers, to honor George’s memory please donate to Friends of the Columbia Gorge. He loved the gorge and would want the gorge to continue to grow in its majestic beauty. You can also donate to the American Heart Association or Friends of Trees. There is a Celebration of Life being planned in the coming months.


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Fairouz Reed

November 6, 2019

I was sad to hear about George. I had met him through my in laws. I know he was a very dear neighbor and friend. He attended my wedding and always reminded me each time we saw each other how the food at my wedding was the best he ever had. I always appreciated him and Marcia supporting my girls school fundraisers. I will miss seeing his big smile. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.

Deanna Carey

November 3, 2019

I was so very sad to read of George's recent death. He was always such a nice guy to me and the grand daughter I raised. She was very fond of George, too. We used to be close to the family when the kids were younger but drifted apart as they grew up and traveled different paths. May happy memories of George comfort his family. Sadly,

Ted Downs

November 3, 2019

I worked with George for many years at TriMet. I was a driver supervisor and road with George several times completing annual check rides. I best remember George as always having a warm greeting smile and always kind words. Excellent driving skills, however he exercised superb communicating skills with his passengers. Excellent coworker and he will be missed by me. Ted Downs

Rev. Larry Hansen

November 3, 2019

Dear Family,

Thank you again for including me in George's committal ceremony. Please know that I will be holding you in my prayers and good thoughts in the days to come.

Fr. Larry