Allan R. Schubert, of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, died on March 30, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.
Allan was born on October 7, 1934 in Manchester, CT to Lena Roth & Max Schubert. While attending Manchester High School and the University of Connecticut, he began a 42-year career with Pratt & Whitney where he worked in test, assembly, supervisory, and community education roles. While managing the Quality Plus Process, he created process innovations and promoted improved communications between engineering and manufacturing units to ensure a successful product. He embraced opportunities through P&W to apply his talent for quality improvement in the community, developing a quality plan for local public schools. He also served on local college curriculum planning boards to ensure students would gain the education and skills required for excellent jobs at P&W.
After retirement, Allan eagerly signed on with CONNSTEP as a consultant who visited small businesses in Connecticut to improve their manufacturing processes. His boundless curiosity about how things work and are produced and could be improved was the reason he felt working for CONNSTEP was like “being a kid in a candy shop.”
Upon moving with his wife to Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Allan looked for opportunities to serve his new community. He joined the Mattapoisett Land Trust and was asked to help shepherd the restoration of the famous, but aging seahorse sculpture on Route 6. Allan worked with a local artist, a shipbuilder, and many other new friends in Mattapoisett to begin restoring the seahorse to its former glory. He was surprised to receive the Mattapoisett Man of the Year for the seahorse restoration, since this was a town-wide project, but he was very honored. Allan also served as member of the fundraising committee for the addition to the Mattapoisett Library. His assignment was to encourage widespread community involvement, the result of which was the first Taste of the Town, a community-wide fundraiser which continues today to help other organizations to raise funds.
Later, Allan was invited to be president of the struggling Tri-County Symphonic Band, helping them reorganize and go on to achieve lasting success and bring music to their communities. He loved music and enjoyed watching how it got made, by frequent attendance at rehearsals.
In recent years, Allan became a masterful restorer of antique windows for his and other old homes in the area. He was a true family man, and loved traveling, hiking, skiing, and attending Red Sox games with his wife, family, and friends.
Allan leaves his beloved wife, Mary Schubert, his daughter Molly Bernard of Bothell, WA and his sons Andy Schubert of Burlington, VT and Chris Schubert and his wife Sharon Schubert of North Kingstown, RI. He also leaves three grandchildren, Nina Bernard, Tom Schubert, and Joey Schubert.
Family and friends are invited to pay tribute to this generous man on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Saunders-Dwyer Funeral Home, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett, MA. The family will receive guests beginning at 1:30 p.m. and then friends and family will share stories about Allan at 2:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to “N.F.S. fbo The Joseph P. Schubert Special Needs Trust” and sent via Barnum Financial Group, 200 Crossings Boulevard, Suite 200, Warwick, RI 02886.