Kyle Reid Schneider, 17, of Fairfield, Conn., was tragically taken from us all on May 1. Born in Stamford, Conn., Kyle grew up in Wilton, Conn. until moving to Newcastle in 2003, where he attended The Center for Teaching and Learning and Great Salt Bay School where he graduated 8th grade. He attended his freshman year at Lincoln Academy prior to moving to Fairfield, Conn. where he currently was attending Fairfield Warde High School.
Kyle’s generous heart and uncanny ability to make everyone laugh with his sometimes irreverent humor will be missed by all who knew him. Kyle’s ability to excel in academics was apparent from an early age. In grade school, he was recommended for John Hopkins Search for Talented Youth and most recently medalled for the second year in a row in the National Latin Contest. Above all else, music played a major role in Kyle’s life. He had an eclectic taste from Al Green to Metallica. In the third grade, he picked up the saxophone and became a talented and gifted player. He played in several school and community jazz bands and, with the help of friends, taught himself the bass guitar. Kyle also had a great voice and loved singing his favorite songs. In 17 short years, Kyle connected with and enriched the lives of all who knew him – family, friends, teachers, and countless others from three communities. He was always willing to help others.
Kyle was predeceased by his maternal grandfather Warren Dunn Buchanan.
He is survived by his parents, Mary Reid (Buchanan) Schneider, and Douglas Robert Schneider; brother and sister, Douglas L. Schneider and Rachel L. Schneider; maternal grandmother, Francine Buchanan of Darien, Conn.; paternal grandparents, Donald R. and Wanda Schneider of Soldiers Grove, Wis.; and loving aunts, uncles and cousins in both the Schneider and Buchanan families.
Funeral service celebrating Kyle’s life 11 a.m., Thurs., May 8 at the First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield, Conn. Interment will be private. Friends may call 3-8 p.m., Wed., May 7 at the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Rd., Fairfield, Conn.
Memorial service 3 p.m., Thurs., May 15 at the Second Congregational Church, Newcastle.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to: Kyle Schneider Memorial Music Scholarship, c/o First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824.
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