Monday, April 14, 2008

In Memoriam: Jerry Schutz, 1936 - 2008

Gerald E. "Jerry" Schutz, Sr., one of the characters of my hometown of McDonald, PA, died on Friday. He was 71.

Jerry owned Small Engine World, a great niche business that brought people from a wide area to McDonald. As you'd expect, the business deals in small engines -- the kind of engine you would find in lawn mowers and chainsaws.

Jerry was also very active in Native American affairs and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Wanashee Conservancy. The conservancy is working to clean up the Robinson Run Creek (a tributary of the Chartiers Creek that passes behind Small Engine World).

The man was blunt and opinionated, determined, dedicated and generous. His passing leaves a void.

No comments: