Thomas E. Schreiber, lived and traveled in every state, 46 countries
Former Ridgefielder Thomas E. Schreiber, whose long career resulted in his living and traveling through all 50 states and 46 countries, has died.
He was most recently a resident of Tradition Country Club in Pawleys Island, S.C., and died Saturday, Nov. 8, at Tidelands Community Hospice after a battle against cancer.
Mr. Schreiber, the son of William H. Schreiber Jr. and Rita (Farley) Schreiber, was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938. He was one of four children, along with his sister, Pat Murphy, deceased; brother William H. Schreiber III, deceased; and brother Gerard T. Schreiber (Margaret) of Michigan City, Ind.
Mr. Schreiber grew up in Walton, N.Y., and graduated from Walton High School in 1956. Upon graduation, he received a four-year basketball scholarship to Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., where he graduated in 1960.
At college, he met and married his first wife, Sara Kade, in 1959 and together they had seven children during their 37-year marriage: Michael (Leslie) Schreiber and children Matthew (Tricia) and William; Mary (Doug) Watson and children Alex and Nicholas; Patricia Schreiber (deceased); Cynthia (Robert) Bell and son Carson; Stephan Schreiber and children Paige, Claudia, and Kade; Kathleen Schreiber; and son Timothy, who died in infancy. His wife Sara died of cancer in 1995.
Upon graduation, Mr. Schreiber enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S.S. Kearsarge aircraft carrier. He was immediately sent to sea on a nine-month tour of duty throughout the Pacific Basin. He then served in the active Naval Reserve from 1962 to 1966.
Upon discharge Mr. Schreiber joined American Can Co., where he spent 25 years, moving up to vice president of operations and relocating several times throughout the United States.
He lived in Ridgefield from 1979 to 1986. Several of his children graduated from high school in Ridgefield. He left American Can Co. in 1986 and joined U.S. Can on the West Coast. His work resulted in numerous subsequent moves to Europe and throughout the United States.
He married Mary Ann Terdic/Dolak in 1998.
Memorial services were held at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island on Nov. 10, with procession to St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Georgetown, S.C. Burial graveside services were Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Manassas Battlefield Cemetery in Manassas, Va., where he was entombed with his wife Sara.
Condolences may be left online at goldfinchfuneralhome.com