Thomas Theodore Schultz (Ted), 81, of Venice, Florida, passed away on February 1, 2021 at Venice Regional Bayfront Health Hospital after a three week battle with COVID 19. Shortly before his admission to the hospital, Ted completed a 46 mile biking trip with his friends. Throughout his hospital stay, Ted showed his strong determination to beat this horrible disease.
Ted was born in Williamsport, PA on August 7, 1939 to the parents of Carl Melhman and Grace Elizabeth Schultz. Ted earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Susquehanna University in 1961. While attending Susquehanna University, he met his lovely wife Katherine Smith (Kathy). After graduation, they married on September 2, 1961. Ted was drafted into the United States Army and honorably discharged in 1968. He was employed by National Cash Register (NCR) where he worked with small businesses in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1971 he began his own public accounting practice in Annapolis, Maryland and later became licensed as an Enrolled Agent by the Federal Government in 1991.
While living in Annapolis Ted was actively involved in the community, serving on the Boards of The Maryland Society of Accountants, Severn Bank, The Annapolis Optimist Club, the board of trustees for the Maryland Society of Accountants and Tax Practitioners and the Forest Office Park Condo Association. Ted also served as a faithful member and servant of St. Martins Lutheran Church and Gloria Dei! Lutheran Church in Maryland. Ted’s commitment to the accounting and tax profession made him a beloved resident of Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
Ted moved to Venice, Florida in 2010 where he continued to practice in a semi-retired capacity. While in Florida, Ted remained involved in his community. He served as a volunteer at the Venice Regional Bayfront Hospital and as a faithful member and servant of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Venice, Florida. For over five decades, Ted provided service to his community in business, accounting, tax preparation, education, and volunteer work.
While Ted’s professional life was impressive, his personal time and retirement was awe inspiring. Ted was an avid boater his entire life. He held a United States Coast Guard captain’s license and ran a water taxi/tour business in Kent Narrows, Maryland. While on the water he also enjoyed kayaking, water skiing, crabbing, and rockfishing. He was an avid outdoorsman who modeled wellness and fitness to the community. He was an active member of the Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club, the Venice YMCA, and played pickleball weekly. He enjoyed camping and hiking with family and friends throughout his entire life. Ted’s mantra in life was stay close, don’t wait, and keep moving!
Ted was preceded in death by his parents Carl and Grace (better known as Mumsey and Dudley), and his brother, John Schultz. He is survived by his beloved wife Kathy, and his children, Judy Ann Bernstein (Jake), Chris Schultz (Mannie), Sandi Schultz (Michael), and Tim Schultz (Kristen). He is also survived by his six loving grandchildren, Ashley Blair, Megan Blair, Jessica Bernstein, Hannah Gourley, Jack Blair, and Hayden Gourley; and his siblings, Barbara Conord (Al), Bonnie Platzer, and Bill Schultz (Simona).
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society.