In Memoriam : Brian Schat
Mary Chadwick - April 20, 2018 Contact this person
Zach and Family- I have no words.. Brian was a bright light in this world. I will always remember him with those bright twinkling eyes and that impish grin. You just couldnt be sad around Brian. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mary
Jan Peter Schat - April 21, 2018 Contact this person
It is with sadness I write this and I am with you in spirit family, in your grief and sadness. I did not know Brian very well but I certainly recognized him whenever we did meet, there is a similarity in the Schat family that I'm reflecting on since you sent me this news and in thinking about Brian's lust for life, gregarious nature, beauty and strength yet wrestling with our inherited family demons. Ane Pieter Schat, my grandfather and older brother by about 10 years of Jaap Schat your grandfather and great-grandfather, who was similarly 'big' comes to mind as does Jack Jr. another 'big' Schat who I knew a little better than I did Brian. Jack Jr. grew up around Ane Pieter in Utrecht and I know because he told me that he was impressed and influenced by him and how he lived life, the good and the bad. I sought out Jack Jr in the 1980's and 1990's when I moved to California because, among other things, I wanted to honor and understand my grandfather Ane Pieter through him since Jack Jr clearly belonged to the 'big' men of the Schat family as did Brian. So I felt I 'knew' Brian whenever we met and really, really appreciated him although I could never equal him or impact him as I might have wanted to, that was not really possible yet I understood the deep familial historical reasons underlying this, at least in my mind, I could be all wrong but I don't think so. I'm wishing you all comfort in this sad time in your lives, and strength, and wisdom but also wishing you inspiration from Brian, who he is and what he represents to us Schat's especially but many others too I'm sure.