Friday, Sept 10 is “Edward Schachter Day” in Greenwich. Mr. Schachter was born on Sept 10, 1923 and turns 100 this Sunday.
Mr. Schachter came to the United States on New Year’s Eve in 1938, arriving at Ellis Island and then living in New York City in Washington Heights. He attended George Washington High School there before enlisting in the US Army in March 1944 where he was an MP and an interpreter, teaching prisoners of war about democracy before being honorably discharged in 1946.
Mr. Schachter came to Greenwich in 1956, opening the iconic Richard’s store on Greenwich Avenue, and as the store became successful and moved to bigger locations on the Avenue, he remained devoted to his staff and especially to his customers, while providing many Greenwich High School students their first work experience.
Named Rotary Man of the Year in 1999 for all his dedication to the community and, as the proprietor of Richard’s, Mr. Schachter was a true believer in supporting the community, giving back and always supporting local charities with funds and merchandise.
On his 100th birthday this Sunday, Mr. Schachter will be with his devoted family and many new and old friends.
Greenwich First Selectman Camillo has issued a proclamation declaring Sept 10, 2023 is Edward Schachter Day in the town of Greenwich.