Arthur Andrew (Drew) Schwarzman
Arthur Andrew (Drew) Schwarzman, longtime dual-resident of Sonoma and Cupertino, died on Aug. 12, 2012, in Sonoma.
Drew leaves behind his adored lifelong partner, Maria Cotch, whose love for him was unwavering. Drew is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Lisa (Gargiulo) Pressnall, Gina (Gargiulo) Moss, Stacy (Gargiulo) Dewees, Patrick Gargiulo, James Corbett, Karen (Corbett) Woods, and Ann (Corbett) Neuhaus, and all their families, who will miss him greatly.
Drew was predeceased by his parents, Arthur Schwarzman, a concert pianist, and Barbara Merkley Schwarzman, a concert harpist, both of whom played for the San Francisco Symphony, as well as sisters, Sally (Schwarzman) Gargiulo, and Sandra (Schwarzman) Corbett. He was also preceded in death by his nephew Mathew Gargiulo. His family and friends will deeply miss his disarming humor and great wit, and his unconditional loyalty and care. He was truly one of a kind.
Drew was born on May 25, 1932, in San Francisco, and was a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Libya for a period of time. After his military service, Drew became an engineer and enjoyed a long career supporting technology systems, including work on the U.S. moon space program. Drew was retired from Dwyer Instruments, where he worked in technical sales.
Andrew possessed a special sense of humor and could place people at ease rather readily. He was most helpful to all of his friends, family, neighbors, and acquaintances in their times of need.
A memorial Mass will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma. Drew’s ashes will be interred privately at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park in Sonoma. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 2001 37th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116.