Neal Schachtel

Obituary of Neal Schachtel

After a courageous fight with cancer, Neal Schachtel of St. Petersburg, Florida died on November 9th. Neal passed away in his home at the age of 80. He was surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Philadelphia, Neal went on to graduate from Wesleyan University and Michigan Law School. After managing offices in Europe for the law firm Sherman and Sterling, he went into business. At the age of 35 he was acknowledged as the youngest president of a NYSE listed Fortune 500 company. His career then took him to Atlanta where he became an entrepreneur. One of his business acquisitions was a contemporary furniture retailer, House of Denmark, which he owned and operated for 20 years. He was a loving parent to his children by his first wife, Donna Smeltz, and his stepchildren. He is survived by his second wife Tricia, brother Bruce, sister Gail, children Andy and Alison, stepchildren Claire and Colby and his six grandchildren. He inspired those around him in significant and long lasting ways. He will be truly missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Services were private.  


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