A friend died Friday

I just got some tragic news that makes me realize just how short out time is. And how I need to make more of an effort to visit friends. Carl Schneider, a friend who I have known since 1991, passed away on Friday. I had been meaning to get together with him to see the waters in his neck of the woods.  But life was always distracting me.  I will not get the chance to paddle with my old Scouting friend.

Carl was in a kayaking accident and got caught under a waterfall. Just absolutely tragic. There is a small write-up on http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib…/news/pittsburgh/s_702591.html Visitation is Tuesday 10/5 6-8pm at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Pittsburgh Fourth Ward, 2202 Reis Run Road, Franklin Park PA 15237 and 9:30-10:30am Wednesday where a service will be held at 11am in the church. Family suggested memorial contributions be made to BSA. I hate bringing sad news like this…

He was extremely focused on safety so something like this hit me hard.  Carl was a certified kayak instructor and river guide for Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle.  And new the waters on the Blackwater River better than he new the hairs on the back of his hand.  Moreover, Friday he was paddling with other instructors on the river.

The next time you go out onto the water.  Please take a moment and hold him, and his family in your thoughts.  I cannot imagine how his family is dealing with his passing.  Thank you – Jeff


Obituary: Carl William Schneider / Experienced kayaker drowns in W.Va. river gorge / March 28, 1975 – Oct. 1, 2010


  1. I am so incredibly sorry to hear of your loss. I met Carl just once…. 10 days before the accident. He was our river guide as we made our very first journey down the Ohiopyle.

    It was an amazing experience and Carl will forever be fondly remembered in our hearts. He was the guide with the giant smiling mustache, who called us “Cleveland” and saved my friend’s life when he pulled her out of the river by her shorts.

    I can’t possibly imagine how hard it is for all of those who knew him well. He had an amazing personality and an amazing outlook on life. He seems to have touched so many lives and his memory will forever live on… in those he taught both on and off of the river.

    God Bless.

  2. I met Carl when he was a snowboard instructor at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. I had so much fun riding and hiking with him. He meant a lot to me and he always brightened my day. It has been quite sometime since I talked to him and I was extremely sad to see the websites about his accident when trying to message him. He was a great person and will always be remembered.


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