Charles Edward Schaaf: 1928-2020
Last updated 5/7/2020 at 4:44pm
Ex-Chief Operating Officer – Florsheim Shoe Company – Retail Division.
Former Florsheim Executive. Also an enthusiastic and standout tennis and table tennis player.
Charles Schaaf passed away peacefully at home on April 28, 2020, at the age of 91, of complications from cancer. He graduated cum laude from Williams College in Williamstown, MA in 1950 where he was President of the Williams Outing Club and and Captain of the Tennis Team. Charlie started in the Florsheim Shoe Company when it was a privately owned business. He began working summers in 1947 and took early retirement in 1986 – a span of almost 40 years.
In 1965, Schaaf became a member of the Florsheim Shoe Company Board of Directors and Vice President and Director of Real Estate and Development for Florsheim stores in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia.
In 1979, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Florsheim Retail Division. He created an environment that made the individual employee feel important and motivated, and supported the Equity Partnership program that gave store managers a share of ownership in their stores.
With the arrival of new management, Schaaf took early retirement in 1986 and started his own business to serve as an outsource Real Estate Department for locating and leasing retail stores throughout the world.
During 64 years of marriage with his wife, Gail A. Rittersporn, the two of them traveled the world, going on unique hiking trips. He was also a talented tennis and table tennis player, achieving a #1 ranking in both sports in Illinois, 1945.
He leaves his wife, Gail, four daughters, eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren – and a legacy of Faith, Hope and Love for his wife, family and many friends. He truly had a wonderful life!
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