William Thomas Schwab

  • Born: September 22, 1931
  • Died: February 6, 2018
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

J. Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel

1494 Mathis Ferry Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel. (843) 881-9293

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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William T. Schwab, 86, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widower of Elizabeth Croft Schwab, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 6, 2018. His funeral service will be held, Saturday, February 10, 2018, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant at 11:00 am. Interment, with military honors will follow in Christ Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends in Stuhr's Mount Pleasant Chapel on Friday, February 9th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a Rosary being held at 5:00 pm.

Bill was born September 22, 1931 in Orange, New Jersey, son of the late Stanley Schwab and Elizabeth Winters Schwab. He was a retired Vice President and Plant Manager with Evans Rule Company. He was also a long time member of Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church. Bill had a pet grey squirrel as a boy. He would collect nuts on his way home from school and feed his pet, that would climb up on his shoulder. Bill was a football running back in high school. He claimed to have out run his blockers on most plays.

He was a member of the National Guard as a teenager before being drafted at the outbreak of the Korean War. He reluctantly spent the war in England instead of in Korea, where he wanted to be with the men fighting the war. He spent two years in England during the war. One of his duties was serving as a member of the US Army basketball team that traveled around England playing other US military teams as well as the British teams. During his time in the army, he was an avid weightlifter and could bench press 300lbs. Upon his discharge from active duty, he returned to the states where he tried several occupations as he attended night school. He eventually settled on a position with the RCA Corp. as a quality control expert in the television, transistor tube division. In the 1960's, he joined Evans Rule Co. as a quality control expert. The most popular tools they manufactured were measuring tapes. The majority of the tapes were made for Sears under the Craftsman tool brand. Evans Rule Co. moved to North Charleston in 1972 at which time he was its plant manager with approx. 300 employees. Bill stayed until the mid-1980's when he and his wife, Liz, opened two retail stores: Crofts and The Green Lion.

As an expert in antiques, he specialized in English and American antique silver, antique American firearms, watches, US coins and many other antiquities. He spent the remainder of his life buying, selling and trading collectables, which was his life's passion.

In the 1970s, he became an avid relic hunter using his metal detectors to search the local area for buried military items from the revolutionary, 1812, and Civil wars. As a lifelong sportsman, he spent most of his years hunting and fishing, even though he never learned to swim. He is a past member of the Middleton Hunt Club. Most of all Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Among other skills, he taught many of them the "art" of tap dancing.

He is survived by his son; Gary Schwab (Lea) of Mount Pleasant, SC, stepdaughters; Cynthia Anderson (Steven), Chesapeake, VA , Ann Coleman Fosberry, and Elizabeth Coleman Socia (Barry), both of Mount Pleasant, SC; grandchildren, Katherine, William, Paxton, and Michael Schwab, step grandchildren; Elizabeth Paul (Doug), Katie Robbins (Buck), Ben Anderson (Megan), Lucas, Isabel, Maddy, and George Socia, Joseph, Maggie and Patrick Fosberry. He is also survived by four step great grandchildren and two nieces.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy Cousins-Tator.

Memorials may be made to Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church at 1204 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482 or Charleston County Animal Society at 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest in Peace Bill

Posted by Carol Levine - Mt Pleasant, SC - Acquaintance   February 12, 2018

Bill was not only a neighbor, but a friend to our family. It was truly a pleasure knowing him. We always enjoyed having long conversations in our backyard in the early evenings. I would discuss history and family with Bill, while Shaun would talk woodwork, tools and craft. He is already sorely missed, but we know he is basking in all the joy of being in his heavenly home.

We are truly sorry for the family Bill leaves behind and know your loss is a great one. We hope you find comfort in knowing that he loved each and every one of you so very much. When he spoke of you, and he spoke of you often, he lit up like a Christmas tree. He was so proud of all of you.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you need anything at all.

With Love and Prayers,
Mamie and Shaun Rudy

Posted by Mamie Rudy - Mount Pleasant, SC - Neighbor   February 08, 2018

My heart felt condolences to the entire Socia family during this time and days following. The Communion of the Saints is a very real thing. Our loved ones still are beside us, hidden from our view, but with us. I have many stories of this in my own life. Blessings and the comfort of the Holy Spirit to all of you.

Posted by Terese Soliman - Charleston, SC - Family Friend   February 08, 2018

I will always miss Bill, his dry humor and his age old jokes. We also had lots of fun at Page's auction. RIP Bill. Jean Crummer

Posted by A friend   February 08, 2018

Dear, Gary, Lea and Family,

My Uncle Bill was a kind and nurturing man. He was ready to laugh and teach and share simultaneously which he did often with my siblings and I. He taught me about stamps and shared coins from his coin collection with me including a 1750 coin from Great Britain. When a was a Cub Scout, one year he helped me build my Pinewood Derby car entry. We painted in together and covered it in tiny decals (We finished a strong second and we won a plaque!). I recently enjoyed the great gift of telling Uncle Bill precisely how much he meant to me over the course of my life and how much I loved him. What a wonderful and caring man.

For William, Catherine, Paxton and Michael be grateful you had such a wonderful grandfather in your lives for as long as you were blessed to. For Gary, Lea and family please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Ken and Megan

Posted by Ken Peterson - Solebury, PA - Family   February 07, 2018

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