Memorial Town Hall flag in N.S. flies in honor of late veteran Schnorr


NORTH SMITHFIELD – The North Smithfield Heritage Association and VFW Post 6342 honored the late David Schnorr during a brief flag ceremony on Saturday, July 6 at the Memorial Town Building.

Schnorr was born October 6, 1950, and raised in Slatersville by his parents, Donald and Jeanette Schnorr.

He graduated from North Smithfield High School in 1968. After high school, he worked for his father’s company, Don Schnor Excavating. 

In 1969, Schnorr enlisted in the army and went to basic training in Fort Dix, N.J. From basic training, he was initially stationed in Fort Riley, Kan., and then in Germany.

In 1972 he was discharged from the army.  

Schnorr then became a North Smithfield police officer. In May of 1973, he married Debbie Lightowler, and they went on to have two children, Heidi and David Schnorr, who also were born and raised in North Smithfield. While bringing up his children, the veteran coached his daughter’s and son’s soccer and hockey teams. He retired from the police department after 25 years of service to the town of North Smithfield, and then worked for Hood’s Construction, and later at the resource recovery center in Johnston, where he eventually retired.  

Schnorr has four grandchildren, Hannah, Ryan, Meghan, and Ryleigh who he loved dearly. He continued living in Slatersville right up until the time he caught COVID-19 in January 2021. He died on February 10, 2021.

The ceremony included remarks by members of the late veteran’s family, as well as local dignitaries.

Other families interested in participating in the NSHA program honoring the town’s deceased veterans are asked to email [email protected] or call (401) 651-6316.

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