Read the obituary for West Newton’s David Schultz

The 40-year-old father of three died suddenly competing in a triathlon on Saturday.

David Schultz Obituary
David Schultz. –Provided

A 40-year-old West Newton father, who died suddenly while competing Saturday in a triathlon in Hopkinton, is being remembered by his loved ones for his devotion to his family and athletics.

A wake is being held for David Schultz on Thursday evening in West Newton, and funeral services will take place on Friday, according to his obituary. He leaves behind his wife, Kelly O’Leary Schultz, and their three children, 9-year-old Liam and 6-year-old twins Emily and Maeve.

“David was the kind of dad who came home after work and dropped everything at the door,” his loved ones wrote in his obituary. “He loved nothing more than playing with his kids, reading to them, and making them his famous apple pancakes on Sunday mornings.”

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O’Leary Schultz told CBS Boston that her husband was fit and declared healthy at a recent physical. But within a few minutes of his swim in the triathlon on Saturday, he started waving for help and he was unconscious when he was pulled out of the water by rescuers.

“A heart attack was out of the blue,” she told the station. “If it was a heart attack. We don’t even know that.”

According to his obituary, Schultz was an “avid athlete” who started swimming at the age of five and did so competitively through college.

“More recently, he ran his first half-marathon, completed an Olympic-length triathlon, and was considering training for his first half-Ironman,” his loved ones wrote. “Ever committed to his children and sports, he could often be seen shuttling Liam to baseball, soccer, swim, ice skating, and basketball practices with Athletes Unlimited. This past summer he even organized a ‘Schultz Triathlon’ for his kids — which they unanimously named the highlight of their summer and begged him to make it an annual event.

Support for the family has poured in as news of his death spread.

A GoFundMePage has been set up to help Schultz’s family. More than 700 people contributed in one day to raise more than $74,600.

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O’Leary Schultz told CBS Boston her family is devastated by his sudden loss, but that wanted to share her family’s story to get a message out to the world: “Life is short, and you need to hug the people that you love,” she said. “Because they may be gone in the next minute. You can’t take anybody for granted.”

Read the full obituary for Schultz, shared by the Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral home, below:

David Schultz, 40, of West Newton, MA, formerly of Blue Island, IL, died suddenly while competing in a triathlon on May 11.

David was born on August 5, 1978 to Kae and David Schultz, Sr. and grew up with siblings Valerie, Jonathan, and Denise. He attended the University of Illinois, graduated with a degree in actuarial science, and later received his full credentials as an FSA, EA. As a 15-year employee of Fidelity Investments and a Vice President, he will be remembered for his work ethic, leadership, and affability.

David leaves behind his loving wife Kelly O’Leary Schultz and children Liam (9), Emily (6) and Maeve (6). He is survived by his siblings, parents, and grandmother, Theresa Schultz of Blue Island, and extended family. David will also be missed by a devoted Goldendoodle named Millie who greatly loved his belly scratches, treats, and daily runs.

David was the kind of dad who came home after work and dropped everything at the door. He loved nothing more than playing with his kids, reading to them, and making them his famous apple pancakes on Sunday mornings.

Moreover, David was an avid athlete. He began swimming at age five and competed through college. He also lifeguarded and ran cross-country in high school in Chicago. As an adult, he joined a crew team in Baltimore and sculled competitively at Riverside Boat Club where he met Kelly. More recently, he ran his first half-marathon, completed an Olympic length triathlon, and was considering training for his first half-Ironman. Ever committed to his children and sports, he could often be seen shuttling Liam to baseball, soccer, swim, ice skating, and basketball practices with Athletes Unlimited. This past summer he even organized a “Schultz Triathlon” for his kids–which they unanimously named the highlight of their summer and begged him to make it an annual event.

A wake will be held from 4-8 PM on Thursday, May 16th, at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, West Newton and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Church, West Newton at 10 AM Friday, May 17th. The Franklin PTO has set up a Go Fund Me site for donations in lieu of flowers

https://www.gofundme.com/david-schultz