Dr. Eric Herbert Schmidt was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on the 13th day of April, 1923. Dr. Schmidt was the eldest of 5 children born to Peter Phillip Schmidt and the former Emma Dutkowski. According to the 1931 census the Schmidt family was residing in the village of Fox Valley where he worked as a clerk with the Municipality. Dr. Schmidt had 4 younger sister’s; Dorothy Schmidt, Irene Schmidt, Jean Schmidt and Helen Schmidt.
Dr Schmidt did his undergraduate degree at the University of Saskatchewan, where he received the Silver Medal upon his graduation. Dr. Schmidt graduated from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1946 and he was the recipient of the Pathology Medal.
Dr. Schmidt was married to Clarice Jean Horner in Regina, Saskatchewan on the 12th of June, 1947. Mrs. Schmidt was born in Ogema, Saskatchewan on the 21st of September, 1923. Her parents were Clarence E. Horner and the former Gladys “Grace” Adele Grainger. Her father died prior to her birth on the 13th of March, 1923. He was buried in the family plot at the Ogema Cemetery. Mrs. Schmidt had an older sister named Mona Grace Horner.
Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt had 5 children; Lenore, Erica, Deborah, Paul and Peter.
Dr. Schmidt practiced medicine in Chatham during the early 1950’s. According to the 1954 Vernon’s City of Chatham Business Directory, Dr. Schmidt’s office was located at 274 King Street West and he resided at 39 McGeorge Street. In 1955, Dr. Schmidt and his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. In 1992, Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt were residing in Beverley Hills, Florida.
Dr. Schmidt died on the 13th of November, 2014 in Beverley Hills, Florida. Mrs. Schmidt died in Charlotte, North Carolina on the 17th of October, 2019.
*Dr. Schmidt’s father served with the Canadian Armed Services during WWI