Harold M. Schoff

March 2, 1928 - August 12, 2016


Age 88, of Warsaw, NY, died August 12, 2016 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

He was born March 2, 1928 in Gainesville, NY, son of the late Clarence and Margaret Prince Schoff. Harold was employed as a New York State Correction Officer at Attica Correctional Facility for twenty-nine years and retired in 1987. In previous years he was a Warsaw village policeman, an insurance salesman for Federal Life and Casualty and Prudential, the owner of Schoff’s Mobile Home Sales and Service and owner of two mobile home parks in Warsaw.

Harold was an avid trapper, hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed fishing and hunting trips with family and friends in the Adirondacks and coordinated several fishing trips a year to Pigeon Lake in Ontario, Canada. He was a former fifty year-lifetime member of the Warsaw Moose Lodge #560, a fifty year member of International Order of Odd Fellows – Crystal Salt Lodge #505, a twenty year member of Warsaw Masonic Lodge #549, the Warsaw Lions Club, the Warsaw United Methodist Church and the Advisory Board of the Citizens Central Bank in Silver Springs.

Surviving are his wife of sixty eight years, Alta Bowdish Schoff, whom he married on September 11, 1948; his children, William (Rosemarie) Schoff of Silver Springs, Susan Fredereksen of Silver Springs, Edward Schoff of Warsaw; his grandchildren, Eric (Yvonne) Fredereksen of East Kingston, NH, Scott (Erin) Fredereksen of Victor, Justin (Tessie) Schoff of Perry, Gregory Schoff of Nashville, TN and Jared Schoff of Warsaw; his sisters, Elizabeth (William) Flint of Warsaw, Avis Wilcox of Warsaw, five great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Monday, August 15 from 2 – 4 & 7 – 9 at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where a Masonic service will be held at 6:45 PM. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 16 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Union Park Cemetery, Wethersfield Springs. Memorials may be made to the Union Park Cemetery Assoc., Nancy Hibsch, Treas.-UPCA, 2338 Eldridge Rd., East Aurora, NY 14052 or the Warsaw Masonic Lodge, 75 S. Main St., Warsaw, NY 14569 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Important Dates

August 15, 2016 : Calling Hours for Harold M. Schoff - 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

August 15, 2016 : Calling Hours for Harold M. Schoff - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

August 16, 2016 : Funeral Service for Harold M. Schoff - 11:00 AM

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Oct 8.16 from John Lapp:
I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to the Schoff family. I had the pleasure of meeting Harold over the years with my dad. Harold was a great guy, always speaking to me and carrying on interesting conversations. I pray that all of you obtain strength during this ordeal. Remember that he is always with you, in memories, pictures and personality traits passed down. Once again, my deepest sympathies to all. John and family

Aug 19.16 from Dave & Jean Bassett:
Harold was as a second father to many of us – which is why it was easy for us to call him “Father Schoff.” He seemed to have a bottomless capacity for helping others. He always had time to listen and consider your point of view – even if you were wrong. Then, he would explain his point of view by anecdote, joke or funny story – and usually you would end up agreeing with him. He had a great sense of Right and Wrong – of Good Form and of Poor Form – and he led by example. He endeared himself to us in many ways but particularly because he reminded us of the America that most of us grew up in: humble beginnings, self-reliance, hard work, respect for others, civic-mindedness, cheerfulness, love of family, frugality. His ability to fix things was legendary. He shared our highest rating for Frugality with only one other: Father MacLaren, also of South Warsaw. Both were FRUBAR (a civilian variant of a well-known military acronym): Frugal Beyond All Recognition.

Father Schoff was a legend in his own time. He gave a lot of people many excellent memories and we are all grateful for that. Perhaps the best way to honor Father Schoff is to try to hold true to his values. Our efforts to meet his standards will keep him with us. Father Schoff: a life well lived. We will miss him. The entire family is in our hearts and prayers. Godspeed Father Schoff!

Aug 16.16 from Dawn Sheffield Luckenbach:
Ed, Sue, Bill and families: My thoughts and prayers are with you today. I really didn't know you dad that well but he raised 3 wonderful and caring children so he had to be great.

Aug 16.16 from Roxanne Miller:
My heart is with you today.
May you all find Peace.

Aug 15.16 from sandy moroz:
my husband and i send are deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Harold Schoff may god bless and rest in peace

Aug 15.16 from tom & lucy breslin:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Aug 15.16 from Brenda Loop:
Harold was a wonderful person - always kind and full of mischief! What a great sense of humor! My condolences to his family. God Bless you all.

Aug 15.16 from Neil Parmerter:
Sorry to hear of Harolds passing. I ll always remember our trips up the river to High falls. And all the great stories. And the fine rabbit supper. Rest assured Harolds hunting the high places and fishing for the big ones in the Lords mountains and streams. God bless Neil Parmerter

Aug 14.16 from Don Prince:
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for the loss of Harold. As you grieve your loss, know that we are thinking about you and your family. He was an amazing person who lived a remarkable life. He was unlike anyone else, a true original.
Becky and Don Prince

Aug 14.16 from Clover Gauthier:
You are all in my thoughts and prayers...
Sending you all my love.
God bless

Aug 14.16 from Durward Huffman:
Dear Bill and family,
Lorraine and I were sad to learn of your dad passing. We offer our condolences for your loss. May God give you and the family comfort and peace at this sad time. Lamentations 3:22-23 states "Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;..." (NIV '84)

Aug 14.16 from Clifton Drum:
Harold thought of others first He was concerned about others. We should all strive to be more like Harold Schoff, He made the world a better place.

Aug 13.16 from Thomas Cousins:
Harold was an amazing man! ... I grew up across the road from Harold & Alta ... Harold's efforts to take care of his family, friends and property clients were unbelieveable & sometimes scary to watch as a young child ... Watching him with a chainsaw, at the top of a ladder, inside the bucket of a tractor (crazy!!!) ... That's just one fun story I remember well!

Harold had a great sense of humor ... and an infectious laugh ... he obivously cared! ... He dropped a good sized tree across the creek to create a walking bridge ... that "wasn't for you kids to use" - {wink-wink ... and then he'd walk away} ... neither was that awesome rope swing he hung up ...

Thank you kind sir for being an awesome neighbor and for all the great adventures you helped a group of neighborhood kids have!

Thoughts & Prayers to Scouter Bill (William Schoff), Ed Schoff, & Sue Fredereksen & the rest of the family!

Aug 13.16 from Bonnie & Butch Bowman:
We were sorry to hear about your Dad. May your memories of him bring you comfort in the coming days.
Butch and Bonnie Bowman

Aug 12.16 from Mike Smith:
To All
I meet Harold years ago and was able to grow with him in the lodge. What a great guy. Gonna miss him om tradio and hearing those fishing stories. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten.

Aug 12.16 from Larry and Thekla Lesure:
We are so saddened with the loss of Harold. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him so much. Love to all the Schoff family.