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Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home

115 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ

OBITUARY

Richard E. SCHIFF

October 9, 1947August 27, 2019

Richard E. Schiff, 71, of Whiting, NJ passed away in the loving arms of his wife Mary Elizabeth on Aug. 27th at Community Medical Center. He was born in Jersey City, and lived in Toms River for over 45 years before semi-retiring to Whiting. He was an avid artist who worked in all the 7 arts. He loved to paint, draw, write, play the blues and spend time with his wife. He is predeceased by his father Leonard Schiff, mother Mary Louise Reier, and brother Walter D. Earle. He is survived by his wife Mary Barnet Schiff. Although he had no children we was a beloved uncle to many nieces & nephews, proverbial “Uncle Richie” to everyone. He ran a successful advertising agency, Gilford Multimedia, since 1972. His impact and flair for life will remain in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. He was a life member of the Art Students League of NYC, Graduated from NYU Film School, and taught color in art at the Royal Academy in Holland, he instituted the commercial arts program at OCVTS. Many of his works hang in museums and private collections around the globe. He wrote novels which are available on Amazon including Mary Geiger and The Bodygrabber. Viewing will be on Saturday 8/31 from 8:45-10:45 at Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Rd. Manchester. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Toms River.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Prayer Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, August 31, 2019

Memories

Richard E. SCHIFF

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charlie jackson

August 31, 2019

Richie I will always remember our great advertising debates and our agreement to agree to disagree. Most of all I will remember how you stood by my side upon the death of my beloved. Rest in peace ol friend

Mary McCally

August 30, 2019

So sad to hear of an old friend's passing. Rest in peace, Richard, in the arms of the great wide open.

Michael Lunburg

August 29, 2019

We were classmates who reconnected on FB. Rich was an intelligent, talented man in so many ways. His passion for art and politics was impressive. I will miss our communications, and am sure, all will miss the man. Condolences to Mary and the family.

Mandy Howey

August 29, 2019

Oh Richie... so many memories from the 60’s...so long ago. Sharing a MOMA membership and pretending we were married...finding surfaces or bargain canvases for you to paint or draw on on...discussing and sometimes disagreeing on the works of an artist. And the plays in high school... how many did we do together... too many, not enough...I keep these memories close. My heart goes out to Mary whom you loved so deeply and so proudly. Hard to think of you as gone. Rest well my friend free from pain or worry. Your life was a work of art...and you were an original.

Tracey (Earle) Carroll

August 29, 2019

Heartbroken. My uncle passed from this earth yesterday,

Richard Schiff (or Uncle Richie as I called him) was an artist. Not just an artist, THE ARTIST in our family. As a young person I remember hanging around my Uncle‘s house and seeing Richard’s work scattered everywhere. His pieces were beautiful. He drew cartoons, amazing paintings, illustrator, writer and so much more. His hands covered in dry paint, beard was always bushy, and he smelled like paint. His hair was always a moppy mess that got a tad bit less over the years.. grayer as the years went on and he had a slight bend to his back from creating his work.
When he worked, he always looked like he was gliding; a natural movement that looked like an orchestrated masterpiece. Richard was very intelligent man, with strong opinions and wasn’t scared to share with you.lol however, he was also the best listener.
Richard was not only an artist he was a husband, brother, uncle, colleague, mentor and a friend.
The best part of Richard for me was he was my uncle. Over the years he was the only one to keep in contact with me. Never forgot me and always talked of my mom.

I will miss you Uncle Richie

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY