When I was a child, Mr. Schwartz wrote me a very kind letter which expressed his great kindness and care about children. I was head of my local Brady Bunch Fan Club on the East Coast then. I have always treasured that precious letter on Paramount stationery and I always will.
As a grown up today, I was feeling over run with sadness when I first arrived. But that soon evolved into remembering how this man has given so much joy to so many people with his talents in television and writing.
At the memorial service preceding burial, Mr. Schwartz's love of family was apparent as each of his 4 children spoke. Several of his very talented grandchildren sang or recalled what they loved best about him, too. A few beautiful songs were sung by family and many jokes were told during the family member's eulogies.
Mr. Schwartz would have wanted this send off no other way. This truly was an event that celebrated his life at its best.
I also was quite struck by the warmth and kindnesses that he extended and that were returned by many of his friends who came to give their final respects -- Monty Hall and Robert Young, to name a few.
There were also many members of his TV family -- close in age to Schwartz's own children -- there to celebrate this industry great: Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Mike Lookinland, and Susan Olsen. And other luminaries from the Golden Age of television in the late 1950s-60s. A few of Mr. Schwartz's most devoted fans turned up to say goodbye, too.
Mr. Schwartz touched many: his family, friends, and fans -- he certainly made an impact on my own life. May his family find solace now as we all bid farewell to him for the last time. Most importantly, may his memory live on in each of us who knew him.