DAN H. SCHONECK
Dan H. Schoneck (our "Dad"), age 76, passed away at home on Sunday March 16 in Longwood, Fla. surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Key West to William and Adeline (Pritchard) Schoneck, the youngest of six children and a second generation "Conch." At the time of his passing, he remained blissfully married for over 54 years to Sylvia, his high school sweetheart and best friend. He loved his wife and family immensely and was very proud to admit it.
Throughout his life, Dad touched countless lives and was an inspiration to everyone he met from all walks of life and all parts of the world. An accomplished concert pianist, he was playing complete Rachmaninoff Concertos (from memory) at the age of eleven. Always stylish throughout life, in his Key West High School Class of '55 he was voted "Best Dressed" -- he even did yardwork in "penny loafers"! Under that stately facade though was the unlikeliest heart of a prankster, able to muster a smile from anyone lucky enough to know that side of him.
Although he had an illustrious 30+ year Civil Service career in the Government, ultimately retiring from the Department of Defense, the "retirement life" just wasn't his style. Never one to sit idle, he took on several jobs in the years after "retiring," his most favorite of which was selling jewelry at Emerald's International, but it was more about the joy of meeting people and exchanging life lessons than making a sale.
Dad truly had a passion for life; loved friends, fellowship and made every single occasion special. Often remarking how few photographs there were of him from childhood, he vowed never to miss capturing a moment; no gathering was too minor for a photo opportunity. He excelled at interior decorating, creating stunning arrangements, singing solo or with a church choir and of course, wowed with his playing (and teaching) piano. Dad was a fantastic cook and mealtimes were always treasured moments to reflect on the days' events -- usually with friends or neighbors (and sometimes complete strangers he met in passing) joining us. He always had pets, was especially fond of birds, and a compulsive gardener; we often joked he could make a stick grow. Profoundly religious, the day Dad passed was 3-16, and John 3:16 was one of his favorite Bible verses so a very apropos "finale" to his storied life.
Of all his accomplishments in life however, he was most proud of and best known for being a father to his two sons, Dan II and Erik. His boundless family pride continued for his daughters-in-law Arlene and Lauri and four wonderful grandchildren whom he cared for deeply; Alek, Joanna, Conner and Dan III. Loving Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Father-in-law, friend, teacher, patron; Dan our "Dad" will be truly missed but memories he helped forge will continue for countless lifetimes.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.