Samuel Rosenberg “Sam” Schnydman, a retired financial advisor and insurance agent, died of complications from Parkinson’s disease May 8 at St. Agnes Hospital. The Locust Point resident was 81.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Vickers Road in Ashburton, he was the son of Rubie Schnydman, vice president of the Little Potts furniture company, and his wife, Florine “Flo” Rosenberg, a homemaker. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1958 and enjoyed sports, including lacrosse and football. He graduated from what is now known as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Schnydman entered the insurance business and in 1966 joined the Milton Young agency of Connecticut Mutual. He later earned his designation as a Financial Advisor, Special Needs Planner, and Certified Life Insurance Underwriter. He has also taught insurance industry courses and mentored others in his field.
As the industry evolved, Schnydman embraced new techniques. He embraced technology and abandoned printed materials to work with software and computers.
“He was always on the computers while other guys were carrying rate books around in the 1980s,” said his business associate, Charles J. O’Connell.
Mr. Schnydman encouraged his colleagues to include wealth management in their insurance practices. He reminded young agents that they should view their fellow agents as their best prospects and welcome collaborations.
“He was always ready to work with someone,” said Mr. O’Connell, a financial adviser with Massachusetts Mutual.
“He loved sitting down with families and talking about their needs and goals,” O’Connell said. “Sam was a lovely person. He loved meeting people and chatting with them. He was a social marketer. He didn’t put any ads in the newspaper. And throughout his life he received many referrals. It was always word of mouth. »
It had offices in downtown Baltimore and Towson.
Mr. Schnydman described his profession as a “commission salesman”. He often spoke of the “joy and fun” of the financial industry, meaning there were good times and bad times.
“He loved being able to offer death benefits and disability benefits to enable his clients to live with dignity and avoid poverty,” Mr. O’Connell said. “He had a long career and there are still people alive who will benefit from the work they did with Sam.”
He had a strong work ethic.
“Everything was urgent for Sam,” Mr O’Connell said. “If he told someone he was going to follow, that’s what he did. He knew his families and remembered their birthdays. He attended their funeral.
Friends said Mr. Schnydman was devoted to his church.
“I met Sam in 1993 and we became friends,” the reverend said. William J. Watters, former pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Mount Vernon. “He read spiritual books. The Bible was of course his favorite, but he kept by his bedside the works of the medievalist Thomas à Kempis and read them every evening. Sam loved his service in the church sanctuary and was a great storyteller.
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Father Watters also said, “He helped people during his working years and had his private charities, bringing people food or money and giving them his time.”
Friends said Mr. Schnydman was waiting for professional baseball and football seasons in Baltimore.
He met his future wife, Theresa “Thea” Blanche-Koelensmid, at her insurance office in the former First National Bank building where she worked for another agent.
Mr. Schnydman discovered a love of good food, especially his wife’s Indonesian-style fried rice and other dishes she cooked.
“With a sense of adventure, they traveled the world together, by land, sea and air, where Sam shared his contagious warmth and sense of humor with everyone he met, even if he didn’t. didn’t speak the language,” his company said. partner, Mr. O’Connell.
Mr. Schnydman is survived by his wife of 42 years, Theresa “Thea” Blanche-Koelensmid, retired Catholic Charities Resource Coordinator; one daughter, Jennifer Schnydman of Ellicott City; one sister, Hobie Bruckner of Longmont, Colorado; a son-in-law, Greg Pesik of Provincetown, Massachusetts; a daughter-in-law, Nicki Pesik of Atlanta; and a grandson.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 21 at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert Street, of which he was a member. A family visit starts at 9:30 a.m.