John Schmader, co-owned auto-repair shop

John T. Schmader
John T. Schmader
Posted: March 30, 2014

John T. Schmader, 78, of Bryn Mawr, a former owner-operator of Schmader's Garage, a Main Line auto-repair business in Haverford Township, died Monday, March 17, of cancer at his home.

Mr. Schmader, known as Jack, and his brother, Jim, took over the family business at 610 Old Lancaster Rd. when their father, Cosmo, died in 1960. The two had worked as mechanics with their father since age 13.

"We remembered Pop's old saying: 'If you remember half of what I told you, you'd be all right,' " Jim Schmader once told The Inquirer. He died in 2009.

The brothers built the enterprise into a thriving business until January 1988, when - troubled by increasing overhead and eager to try their hand at something new - they sold the building.

In May 1988, the last vehicle - a green sports car - rolled out of the bay. After closing the garage, Mr. Schmader became an antiques appraiser and collector. The garage is gone now.

Mr. Schmader was born in Bryn Mawr and graduated from West Catholic High School in 1953. He learned his trade as an auto mechanic from his father, but taught himself the antiques business.

The longtime parishioner of Our Mother of Good Counsel belonged to the Main Line Coin Club, American Philatelic Society, Antler Club of Lucinda, Knights of Columbus, Jim Thorpe Sportsman Club, Delaware Valley Decoy Carvers and Collectors Club, and Buck Ridge Ski Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons John S. and Jerome, daughters Joanne and Nancy Braccili, and seven grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 31 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010. Interment is private.

Donations may be made to the church at the address above, or to Home Care Network Hospice and Palliative Care, 240 Radnor-Chester Rd., Radnor, Pa. 19087.


 

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