Eugene Schwartz

eugene schwartz

October 24, 1928 ~ December 18, 2022

Born in: Brooklyn, NY
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Eugene Schwartz, 94, passed away on December 18, 2022 after a short illness.

He leaves three daughters, Susan Schwartz, Barbara Lynne Schwartz and Elyse Pipitone and son-in-law, Paul Pipitone. He’ll be reunited in heaven with his adored wife, Leila, who he missed everyday.

Eugene had many friends who loved him, and he never met a stranger.

In addition to his amazing ability to make new friends, even in old age, Eugene also was a wonderful piano player. He could play classical music flawlessly by ear, as he never learned to read music.

He love the simple things in life and always expressed his gratitude. He enjoyed Judge Judy, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and The Apollo Flame Bistro.

His great sense of humor kept everyone laughing. He was an optimist whose positivity rubbed off on everyone.

The family wishes to express their thanks to CarePartners and to Jewish Family Services and the The JCC for their loving care and friendship over the years.

Graveside services for Mr. Schwartz will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at Riverside Cemetery.

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.


Graveside Service: December 20, 2022 11:00 am

Riverside Cemetery
53 Birch Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. Susan, Barbara and Elyse,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Eugene was a true light. He brightened our weeks during JFS Elder Club, whether in person or on Zoom–his willingness to continue attending online during the pandemic was a testament to his determination and your dedication to keeping him involved and engaged. His zest for life was contagious and inspirational. We loved to hear him talk about the three of you and your mother. Please know my thoughts are with you and his memory will continue to be a blessing. Jessica Whitehill

    • Dear Jessica,
      Thank you for your beautiful words and for the poem you shared. They provide comfort at this difficult time. We are so proud to be his daughters.
      With much appreciation,
      Susan & Lynne Schwartz and Elyse Pipitone

  2. Sharing sone beautiful words that helped me. May they be that for you

    Let us agree
    for now
    that we will not say
    the breaking
    makes us stronger
    or that it is better
    to have this pain
    than to have done
    without this love.
    Let us promise
    we will not
    tell ourselves
    time will heal
    the wound,
    when every day
    our waking
    opens it anew.
    Perhaps for now
    it can be enough
    to simply marvel
    at the mystery
    of how a heart
    so broken
    can go on beating,
    as if it were made
    for precisely this—
    as if it knows
    the only cure for love
    is more of it,
    as if it sees
    the heart’s sole remedy
    for breaking
    is to love still,
    as if it trusts
    that its own
    persistent pulse
    is the rhythm
    of a blessing
    we cannot
    begin to fathom
    but will save us

    From “The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief”
    by Jan Richardson

  3. We met Gene through his wonderful daughter and my colleague, Elysse. When we retired to Asheville, we would sometimes join the family for a delightful meal at one of his favorite restaurants. (Note “one of.” He had lots of favorite places, and the eyes of every waiter lit up when they saw him walk in).
    What a delightful human being Gene was. I remember when our son Jay, who was relatively young at the time, was included in a lunch in downtown Asheville. As we were on our way home, Jay said, “Wow! That guy reaffirms my belief in the goodness of mankind!”
    Such a gift. All those who are with him in heaven must be having a ball!

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