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Touching hearts from a thousand miles away

Family to plant tree in honor of Eric Schneider in the Crossings

Eric Schneider with his father Eckart Schneider. The two used to hang out near the big tree outside of their home in Malabar, Florida “solving the world’s problems. Schneider passed away during surgery on his hear on July 20. A tree is to be donate to the Crossings of Colonie Park by his Aunt Kimmarie Victoria, a resident of Colonie.

Eric Schneider with his father Eckart Schneider. The two used to hang out near the big tree outside of their home in Malabar, Florida “solving the world’s problems. Schneider passed away during surgery on his hear on July 20. A tree is to be donate to the Crossings of Colonie Park by his Aunt Kimmarie Victoria, a resident of Colonie.

— “The doctor there asked her if she still wanted to be a pediatrician,” Victoria said. “She said, ‘Yes, I do. Eric is the reason why.’”

Joanne is touched by the fact there will now be a memorial for her son in the town where she had grown up. She can’t believe that a boy who was to turn 6 years old on October 4 had the ability to touch so many lives during his short time on earth.

It is even more special the manner in which Victoria and her coworkers are honoring him by planting a tree. One of Joanne’s fondest memories of Eric was seeing him and Eckart hanging out at the giant tree in their backyard where only the boys were allowed.

“It was always the two of them,” she said. “A place where they went to solve the world’s problems, I guess. Now Kim and Emily have a place where they will go and pretend they’re with him because they can’t come here. Now, when we come up, we’ll have a place, too.”

The family hopes to plant the tree sometime in mid-September.

Victoria had written a tribute for Schneider’s memorial service in Jacksonville that touched on what he had taught her during his time here and how he had brightened up her day:

“And as we sit here together, reminiscing on the countless memories we are left of him, where they all differ again, we have one thing in common. In one way or another, he taught us something. For me personally, the grass is greener, the flowers smell sweeter and music is all the more enjoyable. I am thankful for the smaller things presented to me, rather than taking them for granted. In a way, Eric taught us what life is all about: To fear nothing and to enjoy everything put in front of you… except maybe celery.”

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