Nicholas "Pappy" Schmidt, 100, died April 28, 2010, at home, surrounded by family, following a brief illness.

He leaves his daughter, Theresa, and her husband, Al, of Saratoga, N.Y.; two sons, Ron, and his wife, Dorothy, of Newtown, and Nicholas, of Roxbury; a daughter-in-law, Sue, of Southbury; seven grandchildren; many nieces, and nephews; and close family friends.

Mr. Schmidt was born and raised in Engels-brunn, Romania, Nov. 8, 1909, the son of Fabian and Francisca Schmidt.

In his early years, he apprenticed as a butcher in Arad, Romania.

After finishing his early training, he traveled to Montreal to join relatives, married Annie Weiss in 1938, and settled in the Bronx, N.Y.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Schmidt purchased a German butcher shop in Irvington, N.J., which he built into a successful business.

After his wife passed in 1974, Mr. Schmidt continued to devote most of his life to his children and grandchildren.

Known as "Pappy" to his grandchildren and their friends, he will be missed by his seven grandchildren and their spouses, Denise Eliopulos, and her husband, Jim, of Cambridge, N.Y., Michael Meslar, and his fiancee, Theresa, of Saratoga N.Y., DeAnna Crum, and her husband, Ryan, of Brookfield, Nick Schmidt, of Danbury, and Katie, Ryan, and Reid Schmidt, of Newtown.

Whether it was playing his accordion for Katie to dance to, allowing Reid to hold him captive under the stairs, watching Ryan's favorite movie videos dozens of times, riding down the stairs with Nicky and DeAnna on his back, wrestling with Mike "The General", or allowing Denise to `work' in the butcher shop as a 5-year-old, Pappy was willing to do anything.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Cambridge, N.Y.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to family and friends who sent food, flowers and condolences.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, the family requests you simply hug your children, grandchildren, spouse or close friends.