William B. Schneider, 22: Loved sports and cooking

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FALMOUTH — William B. Schneider, of Falmouth, died unexpectedly July 6 when a car in which he was a passenger struck a tree in Naples. He was born in Portland on June 21, 1990, to Judith West and Bernard F. Schneider.

Schneider was raised in the Town Landing neighborhood and had relocated to Naples this year. He was a proud and valued staff member of the Black Bear Café. While attending high school in Falmouth, Schneider competed in the butterfly for the swim team, played lacrosse, and was a co-captain of the football team.

Schneider served as a Boy Scout in Troop 93 and as a volunteer in the Falmouth Fire Department Foreside Company.

Schneider was drawn to culinary service and spent time in the fine professional kitchens of the Portland Yacht Club, Hot Suppa, Walter’s and most recently the Black Bear Cafe. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Portland Soup Kitchen.

Schneider attended Southern Maine Community College.

Schneider learned to swim and to fish in Casco Bay and on Norway Lake. He spent many summer days his grandparents’ camp in Norway. He had a passion for music, movies and electronic games.

Schneider is survived by his parents; his older sister, Becky; grandparents David and Suzanne West, of Norway; his grandmother, Margaret Schneider, of Cranford, N.J.; thirteen cousins; and aunts and uncles.

A memorial service was held July 14 at Falmouth Congregational Church.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Culinary Arts Program, Southern Maine Community College, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME, 04106.