It is with great sadness that I am writing to let all know that Andy (Andreas) Schmidt passed away on 12/30/2021 at his home in Russia. Many will miss him as President of San Francisco Bay Brand, friend, mentor, husband, and brother.
Andy, who was very passionate about the Aquarium and Aquaculture community, took over San Francisco Bay Brand, which his father, Anton, started over 50 years ago. He developed it into the premier retail brand serving the aquatic market. As many knew, Andy was a perfectionist that wanted to make the best product, run the best company, and be the best person he could be…..and for me, he was! [more info to follow as we build a biography on who Andy Schmidt was!]
Andy is survived by his brother Tony, wife Yana, stepsons Dev, and Boris. Andy had his funeral and was buried in Russia, near his home, on 12/31.
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Please allow the family their privacy during this difficult time. If any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Bay Brand will continue to operate. I’m committed to continue running the company (as Andy already had me doing as the GM/CEO) with respect for what he dedicated most of his life to creating.
In the near future, we will announce a time and place to celebrate his life and remember him as the great friend he was to so many people.