Harry Schrater, formerly of Marblehead and living in Swampscott, passed away in peace on January 6, 2018. He was 95 years of age, a month away from turning 96.
He grew up on the Lower East Side in New York and would always tell us stories what it was like living there during those “depression” days. Harry was the husband of Betty Schrater (Silverman), formerly of Revere. He was the father of Robert Schrater and his wife Trudy, Steven Schrater and his wife Debbie, Evelyn White, and Matthew Schrater and his wife Stephanie.
He was associated with Mutual of New York, MONY, as a general agent and won many prestigious awards and became a C.L.U., taking night classes at Northeastern University. He was a devoted family man, a hard worker, a devoted member of Temple Sinai in Marblehead, and was very involved with the Temple as the ritual chairman, minyan chairman, and was an active member for over half a decade.
Harry served in World War II in the US Navy as a flight inspector aboard the PPY Navy planes. He loved traveling to Aruba for the past 40 years with his wife Betty and always took his children and grandchildren along with him on the trips. He was on the Navy swim team for four years and continued his passion at the JCC, Preston Beach, Phillips Beach, and in Aruba. He and Betty would go far out in the ocean and swim together for almost an hour; they enjoyed life together to the fullest!
His passion after retirement was to get all the lyrics of Frank Sinatra songs, remember them and sing them to anyone whom he met! He was NOT shy either at the Stop & Shop or any local dentist or doctor’s appointments – he just broke out in song to anybody he came in contact with to make them happy. He sang until his final days; he last sang about two weeks before he passed when his granddaughter came to visit him from Florida. He didn’t let anything get him down. And boy could he sing!!! He will be truly missed by his family and friends and anyone that was lucky enough to be serenaded by Harry (“Heishe”). He leaves behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He truly “Did it his way.”