In memoriam: Bob J. Schmitt, retired Edmonds firefighter

Bob Schmitt
Bob J. Schmitt

Bob J. Schmitt, age 64, died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 in the British Virgin Islands, while swimming in the beautiful waters and living life to the fullest.

Bob was born on Jan. 29, 1952 in Auburn, Wash., to Jim and Joanne Schmitt. He was a 1970 graduate of Auburn High School. Bob married Sini on March 24, 1984, and they were happily married for 32 years. He joined the Edmonds Fire Department in 1978, where he worked until he retired in 2006 as a Battalion Chief.

Bob’s Harley motorcycle is filled with bumper stickers from all over the country, including ones from Europe. His passion for riding embodies his lust for traveling, experiencing other cultures, and living a carefree lifestyle. Bob’s final years were spent with Sini in their motor home, exploring new sights and scenery. Bob embodied two extremes, play hard and work hard. He proved you could actualize your dreams if you are willing to work for it.

Bob is survived by his wife, Sini; sister, Sandy Schmitt; and sons Beau, Brandon and Jacob. Family, friends and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to attend a Firefighter memorial at Holy Rosary Church, 760 Aloha St., Edmonds, WA 98020, at 1-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. This will be followed by his Celebration of Life, which will take place at the same location, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

  1. I didn’t personally know Bob and his wife but felt I did when talking to their realtor and seeing their wonderful home and yard. It was reminiscent of the many homes I see in Europe. He left too soon but his life was a great adventure

  2. Sini, we are so saddened to hear this news! Please know we send you and your family our prayers! You are always welcome at Tar River Farms here in Georgia…

  3. Bob, wir sind sehr dankbar Dich kennengelernt zu haben. Wir wünschen Dir alles Gute auf Deiner letzten langen Reise.
    Sini, der Tod von Bob erfüllt uns mit tiefer Trauer. Unsere Gebete und Gedanken gelten Bob und Dir. Gut, dass Ihr Eure letzten gemeinsamen Jahre so intensiv zusammen gelebt habt. Du bist immer willkommen hier in Olpe, Deutschland.
    Jutta und Matthias

    Bob , we are deeply grateful to have met You. We wish You all the best on Your last long journey.
    Sini , the death of Bob fills our hearts with deep sadness . Our prayers and thoughts are with Bob and You . Glad You lived your last common years so intensively . You are always welcome here in Olpe , Germany .
    Jutta and Matthias

  4. All my thoughts are for the familly and friend of Bob.
    His soul is staying next to you.
    Sini, if you need more information about BVI, you can contact me by e-mail.

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