Frank Schwartz

November 3, 1925October 21, 2020

Morris Frank Schwartz, Jr. (Frank) Born November 3, 1925 in Nashville, TN. Died October 21, 2020. Son of Morris Frank Schwartz, Sr and Deborah Cardozo Silber Schwartz. A lifetime resident of this area, his family were among the earliest settlers in middle Tennessee. Survived by Daughter, Patten Schwartz Laurel, Son, Morris Frank Schwartz III (Mark), three grandchildren, Lindsay Harris White Hayaux, Claire Gilbert White, Townley Davis White, great-grandson, Benjamin Holden Hayaux. Sister, Constance Elinor Schwartz Brickman of Boca Raton, Florida. Frank and the family would also like to recognize and thank Carol Bandy, of Hendersonville who was his best friend.

Educated at Parmer Elementary School, Hillsboro High School, Duncan Preparatory School, Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the ZBT Fraternity, The University of Wisconsin and Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

He worked at Rich, Schwartz & Joseph for thirty-five years and was the third-generation President of the firm until the family sold the business in 1976. During his business career he served on the Board of Directors of the Retail Merchants Association and the Easter Seal Society. He worked with the Boy Scouts of America, the Heart Fund and the Cancer Society. He was a charter member of the Nashville City Club. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a fourth generation member of Cumberland Lodge No. 8 F&AM. He was a member of The Temple (Congregation Ohabai Sholom). He was a member of American Legion Post 88.

His activities were many. He was building and flying model airplanes beginning at ten years of age. He was an active builder and flyer in the hobby winning multiple international awards. He was an editor of RC Modelers Magazine and a respected mentor for hobby enthusiasts. He was an expert on the Russian Air Force as well as electronics, and had numerous articles published on both subjects. He liked to brag that he was “The World’s Second Best R/C Flyer and Builder” because he said no one would question that. He was a senior member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics and had served as an Associate Vice President.

Frank was a classic and antique car enthusiast and restorer, and his projects were National award winners. He was highly respected and sought after for his knowledge and technical advice for imported British cars, primarily Jensen’s. His automobile articles were published internationally. He was a gifted writer and novelist. He wrote several novels and short stories for his family. He was an amateur radio operator licensed in 1946.

Frank was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons of the War of 1812, the Sons of the Confederacy, and served in World War II in the US Navy in Aviation and on Motor Torpedo Boats. He served in both the American Theater and the Pacific Theater. He was awarded the Liberation Medal from the Philippine government for his wartime services. He was honored to have served his country. Memorial Service will be conducted virtually on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at 3pm Central. Information will be provided here for those that would wish to attend.

Funeral for Morris Frank Schwartz Nov 4, 2020 03:00 PM Central Time

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In Lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Frank to one of the following:

Wounded Warrior Project 855-448-3997

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews 800-486-8844

Alive Hospice 615-327-1085


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Terry Silberman

December 8, 2020

The kindness and warmth, made evident by Frank's very countenance, was a gift to all whose path he crossed. He personified the rule my father taught me at a very early age, that every friend was a potential customer, and every customer a potential friend. My life was enriched by his friendship upon our first meeting and, each time I saw him, made better yet again. With his face always being the first to come to mind whenever I heard the word used, Frank put the "men" in mensch.

Smooth landing, my friend. Keep your nose up in the turns.

Marie Yandell

November 4, 2020

My career begin at Rich Schwartz in September 1959 as secretary to Frank Schwartz and I greatly respected and considered him a mentor. When you work with someone eight hours a day, 40 hours a week, for 16 years, you develop a bond and relationship. He taught me to strive for perfection but yet allowed me to learn from my mistakes. He was truly a compassionate, wonderful, caring man and his warm spirit was a joy to all who knew him. He continued to stay in touch with me even after I left Rich Schwartz to continue my career in banking for 31 years. I will miss him and want to express my deepest sympathy to all the family.

Joan Gold Cypress

October 29, 2020

Fond memories from the childfree days of the 1950s, playing with Mark & Patten. Last encounter with Frank was almost 5 years ago at a memorial for his cousin, Shirley Gold, my dear mom. Seeing his genuine smile was a treasure. May his memory be a blessing.

Bruce Johnson

October 28, 2020

Our family sends our deepest condolences to the family. My grandfather Zack Primm Jr. worked for Rich Schwartz & Joseph for many many years.

David Ballantine

October 26, 2020

I was in Nashville a few years ago and totally forgot to let Frank know I was going to be there for 2 weeks. After I got back to Vancouver Canada, I phoned him and told him that I had just got back from Thompson Station, just west of Nashville (I think)
Frank being the generous guy he was said that if I had let him know I was there he would have driven over to me and let me drive the Silver Bullet. I have been kicking myself ever since.
RIP Frank, the Jensen community will miss you.

David Ballantine
Vancouver, BC, Canada.

chance & Kathleen Vought

October 26, 2020

A wonderful, insightful man. It was a thrill to ride with him at one of the Jensen get togethers. He was always willing to help with information on our Jensens. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to Mark & Paten.