Clinton Democratic Town Committee

Bertram Schmitz – Zoning Board of Appeals

Meet Bertram Schmitz, an incumbent seeking another term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

In 1978, my late wife Beth and I decided it was time to get married. The first order of business was to find a place to live. In the process of talking to friends, relatives and colleagues we decided to look towards the shoreline of Connecticut.

I was an employee in Stratford and Beth worked in New London. For the convenience of travel, we decided that Clinton was probably the best place to live.

Since we were now close to the water, we decided to buy a boat and take up sailing. To this day, sailing remains my prime activity.

My education and years in the Army prepared me for both professional work and volunteering. At the University of Illinois, I earned as Associates degree in education. At Boston University, I earned a BS in engineering. While in the military, I was assigned to TRECOM ((Transportation Research Command) and the Army’s Senior Scientist Test Group. As a personal aside, I was heavily influenced by my father’s 45 year career with IBM and consider my hero Lizabeth Moriarty Schmitz BS, MS, PE (engineering), my wife, who passed away in December of 2012.

Into the 1990s, Beth and I were not able to participate in town affairs (our work took us out of the state quite a bit) but, while in town we were able to go to town meetings and committee meetings.

At the time of my retirement in 1999, I thought it would be a good idea to become involved in the town affairs and join some commissions. This is what my wife had planned for our retirement activities. Unfortunately, she became ill and could not join me as an active member in town affairs.

Besides crediting Beth, you could also say that my mother had some influence over me, since she was involved in fundraising for political purposes and as a precinct captain.

Upon retirement, I took a more active role in town affairs and joined the Wetlands Committee. When Beth passed away, I became more involved as a member of the Clinton Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and earlier, the GIS Commission.

I plan to stay involved as long as possible and will continue to get more people involved.

Here is a picture from my 1999 album, the last day of work.