Builder, activist Webster Schott passes away at 89
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Webster Schott, a board member of Maspeth Federal Savings since August 1974, passed away February 11 at the age of 89.

Schott was a resident of Maspeth for over 75 years, and attended I.S. 73 and Newtown High School. He served with the U.S. Navy in World War II, and in 1944 he started working at his father’s home alteration business, Frank Schott & Son.

After learning the trade, in 1952 Schott became the sole principal owner of Webster Schott Building, a firm that constructed and performed alterations on commercial and industrial buildings, as well as private homes.

Schott was elected to the Board of Directors of Maspeth Federal Savings in 1974. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Maspeth for over 50 years, and served as president in both 1969 and 1985.

Schott is past director of Wyckoff Heights Hospital, and he served as a building maintenance consultant for Martin Luther High School. His assistance and contributions to the school earned him the inaugural “Schott in the Arm” award in 2007.

Since 1939, Schott was active in St. James parish life, having first served there as an altar boy at the age of 14, later serving as senior warden for over 20 years.

Schott took on the incredible task of rebuilding the 127-year-old church after it burned to the ground in 1975, ensuring the new building maintained the same sense of serenity as the original. In 2002, the church sponsored a recognition dinner to honor him.

He leaves behind wife Janina and nephews Timothy and Wendell.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Schott in the Arm Scholarship Fund, c/o Martin Luther School, 60-02 Maspeth Avenue, Maspeth, NY, 11378.
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TeRi Fassett
February 24, 2016
Webster was my oldest and last surviving sibling. He was all the things nephew Wendell spoke of and more. I was his "brat kid sister" who always knew there was someone to go to for advice on just about anything, or to be told I was nuts and to "use the brain God gave me and think it through". Yes, he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Wendell F. Schott
February 19, 2016
My Uncle Web was "bigger than life." He was the most remarkable man that I have ever known and was a great friend to many in the Queens community. Web was a master general contractor, a sportsman, a philanthropist, an arbitrator, a craftsman, a financier, an activist/organizer, a confidant, an investor and a true great Humanitarian. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. ......... Nephew Wendell in Largo, Florida.