Preston J. Schultz

Preston J. Schultz, 96, of Seekonk passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at his home after a yearlong battle with cancer.

He was the husband of the late Eileen R. (Reid) Schultz to whom he was married for 64 years.

Born in East Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph and Grace (Wolfe) Schultz.

Mr. Schultz was a resident of Seekonk and a communicant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church since 1951. He was a Navy Veteran of WWII serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. He was employed by Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company for 44 years in various management positions until his retirement in August of 1986 at the age of 62. Mr. Schultz had joined the Seekonk Gun Club in 1946 and has been a member there for 74 years and was also treasurer for 34 years. He sold Christmas trees for over 30 years and loved nature, fishing and gardening.  

He leaves three children, Francine D’Elia and her husband Damian, Paul Schultz and Matthew Schultz and his wife Debra, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church or Saint Vincent DePaul Society



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Claire D’Elia from Wakefield Rhode Island wrote on January 8, 2021 at 8:50 pm
My condolences to all the family and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss . I have so many memories of Preston I don’t know where to begin! He was such a dynamic person he had so many talents he was articulate and could talk about any subject! You could ask him a question and he always knew the answer! He was kind and giving strong and generous! He will always have a special place in my ❤️ heart! And I can’t think of a Christmas 🎄 tree without thinking of Preston ! Rest In Peace Preston
Terri M arino from Seelonk wrote on January 8, 2021 at 4:58 pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Preston at the senior center along with Jerry. We played cribbage every Thursday afternoon and we had a lot of fun and laughs. I like being around him he was always happy and he will be missed .Once again I am so sorry for your loss.
Rick Nelson from Ellsworth, ME wrote on January 6, 2021 at 6:45 pm
I’ve known and admired Mr. Schultz and his family for some 60 years, since before grade school. He kindled my appreciation for the outdoors, for camping, woodcutting, gardening and enjoying the many wild animals of the area (including the catch and release of opossums, snakes, turtles, fish, raccoons and dozens of other creatures). He encouraged my decision to become an engineer and had a broad, very positive long-term effect on my life and later, on the lives of my two girls. I offer my condolences to Francine, Matthew and Paul who had one of the best dads anywhere.
Barbara O’Rourke from Lincoln wrote on January 5, 2021 at 7:19 pm
My condolences to the family of Preston Schultz. Preston and his beautiful family were patients in the dental office I worked in. It was a pleasure to know the entire Schultz family. You are in my prayers at this most difficult time. Barbara O’Rourke
Diane marquis and Michael Sargent from North providence wrote on January 5, 2021 at 4:31 pm
Dear Shultz Family I am so sorry for your loss, I loved Preston . He was the smartest, kindest man I ever met, also very methodical ! I am thinking about all of you and wish I could have been there to show my support but Preston and all of you are in my prayers .
Kevin and Karen Seaberg Curry from Union, Maine wrote on January 4, 2021 at 10:41 pm
Fran, Damian, Paul, Matthew and families, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Your dad was a wonderful man, patient, kind, with a great sense of humor. I spent much time at your house full of fun and laughter, when Fran and I were high school friends and beyond, and always felt welcomed by your whole family. May they both rest in peace together.
Arsen A Dadekian from Cranston wrote on January 4, 2021 at 4:31 pm
I met Preston at Brown & Sharpe in the 1950's. Preston was a very unpretentious kind and honest man. He was also a friend that will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
Phyllis Mulholland from Seekonk, MA wrote on January 4, 2021 at 3:54 pm
Many years ago Eileen, Preston’s wife, was frustrated about something and told him she was going to run away. Preston answered “it’s ok because he would follow her anywhere“. Now he has. Preston was the kindest, most sincere man of faith. I will forever see him sitting in his seat at 4:30 Mass and holding court in the lobby after. Rest In Peace Preston.
Mary Xavier from Seekonk wrote on January 4, 2021 at 2:06 pm
I only got to know Preston since my father, Jerry Downes, and him met at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Seekonk senior center. Eventually they started a cribbage group that met every Thursday there. The two of them pursued the Honor Flight information that showed up in the Providence Journal and we all ended up going to Washington together! Preston was a great friend to my father, and myself as well - going to the same church we’d meet and chat. One year Preston was at a memorial mass for my mother and brother unbeknownst to us and it touched us sweetly. My only regret is not having him for a friend longer. I must say, tho, my family got our Christmas trees from Preston also, I looked forward to that very much! He was a very smart, compassionate, honest, fun and talented man. God speed! ❤️
Bruce , Brenda and Kenneth Martin from Seekonk wrote on January 4, 2021 at 11:38 am
Our deepest sympathy. We will always remember Preston as a gently and kind soul! He will be deeply missed!
Melody Rupert and The Lemieux Family from Seekonk wrote on January 4, 2021 at 11:37 am
We are all sorry to hear of your loss, are thoughts and prayer are with all of you. Matt- You and Deb please take care.
Don Barbeau from West Greenwich wrote on January 4, 2021 at 10:20 am
I met Preston when we both were Production Planners at Brown & Sharpe. We ate lunch together each day. What a pleasure getting to know this kind and gentle man. That evolved into a long friendship which included getting our tree each season plus Preston helping me each year with guidance on what to plant. Of course my kids loved visiting as it was all so interesting. He gave us many vegetables but the gift of his kindness is what I will always remember.
John Rabbitt from Seekonk wrote on January 4, 2021 at 10:06 am
My Family bought a house just behind Preston's tree farm and we would walk over every year and pick out a tree and Preston would cut it down. Mrs. Clause would always come out and say hello to my daughter Lauren, Which loved her and her friendly smile. It would be a thing that we did for about 20 years. They where the nicest people. and will be missed by everyone that meet them.
Jackie Lantry from Seekonk wrote on January 3, 2021 at 10:33 pm
I got to know Preston and Eileen many years ago. We were looking for a place to get a tree one December and we happened to go by his house on Rt 44 and saw his "Christmas Trees" sign. What a delightful place! We bought trees from him for nearly 20 years. My kids and I loved going to pick out a tree, he had big bunches of holly and bunny rabbits and the best trees ever. One year my little ones got a special tree of their own. it was a "Charlie Brown" tree. About a week after we bought it I got a note from Preston with a picture inside. It was a picture of a deer, nibbling on the tree, taken the summer before . He thought the kids would get a kick out of seeing a deer nibbling the tree they eventually bought. From that year on I took him a tray of cookies each Christmas. Fast forward to just last summer. I built a house on Jacob St. in Seekonk and one day my doorbell rang. I could not imagine who it would be (I didn't know anyone in the neighborhood yet.) It was Preston! He drove over to say hello and welcome to the neighborhood. We kept in touch after that, and he even sent his son over with some holly this past December. Preston was a wonderful man, kind and interesting. I'm going to miss him. The world is a little less bright with him not in it.
Debbie Downes Cahill from Stratford CT wrote on January 3, 2021 at 11:17 am
I only had the pleasure of getting to know Preston in the past few years. He and my Dad, Jerry, struck up a late in life friendship though they had a lot in common and were longtime Seekonk residents. They shared many friendly insults during their weekly crib games at the Sr Center and were able to go on Honor Flight together which so memorable. Preston was a very kind man with a quiet sense of humor. His friendship meant a lot to my Dad. May he rest in peace.
Anne (Grima) Mason from Seekonk wrote on January 2, 2021 at 6:16 pm
Preston was such a faith-filled love of a man. Gentle in spirit and kind beyond words, he will be greatly missed by all those who had the blessing of knowing him. He was an active member of OLMC Cancer Support Group and it was through chatting with him after the 4:30 Mass on so many Saturdays, seeing each other at the support group meetings, and at the Sr. Center that I grew to know him better. We often spoke of his gardening and the seeds he was planting for each year. How he loved to garden and to share his vegetables! May he rest in peace and may the Lord grant supernatural courage and strength to his family and friends. I will miss him very much. Until we meet again in paradise, my friend.