Thomas Jock Schwab, son of Ruth Ann (Tan) and John Schwab, was born in Chapel Hill, NC. He was a member of Chapel Hill High School's first state champion soccer team. Tom attended N.C. State University, playing with the rugby club, and became an antique-reproduction cabinet maker in Raleigh. He met his wife Ellen McCown of Tryon, NC, and followed her to the mountains. They married and moved to Hendersonville, where he was a kitchen and bath designer. He took great pride in working closely with clients to build custom kitchens to reflect their personalities and dreams. Hendersonville friends and business colleagues knew him as “Jock.”
Jock loved the mountains, hiking, camping, and watersports. In his youth he took memorable backpacking trips to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and more recently climbed 18,400 foot Pico de Orizaba in Mexico and sailed the Caribbean, among many other adventures. He loved being with friends and family and they loved being with him, especially on annual trips to Kerr Lake, Mount LeConte, Lake Lanier, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and elsewhere.
Tom Jock was a wonderful son, brother, father, and friend. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ellen McCown, son Charles Bowen, and daughter Ann Ramey of Hendersonville, father John Harris Schwab of Chapel Hill, brothers Stewart of Ithaca, NY, and Kellogg of Bel Air, MD, sister Ann of Chapel Hill, fourteen nieces and nephews, and three grand-nieces and nephews. During his seven-year struggle with multiple myeloma, Tom was optimistic and strong, sometimes enduring great pain, while remaining devoted to his family and relishing their life together. To his extended family Tom will always remain the mountain man and his family will be the Mountain Schwabs. He will be deeply missed.
A memorial service was held Friday, March 27, at 2:00 pm at St. James Episcopal Church in Hendersonville, followed by a gathering in the Parish Hall. Memorial contributions can be made to Medical Loan Closet, 1225 7th Ave. East, Hendersonville, NC 28792; or to Henderson County Humane Society, PO Box 706, Hendersonville, NC 28793.
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