That deep bass voice was enough to put some people on edge when he entered a room, but in his heart of hearts he was the self-proclaimed “Mr. Kumbaya.” The peacemaker. The unifier. The guy who brought people together to get things done even when nobody else wanted to.
He was all that in his 64 years on this earth…and so much more.
Joseph “JoJo” Schwarz passed on Sunday, September 4, 2022, but he will forever live in our hearts. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio, on June 25, 1958, the son of Marlene M. Schwarz (who preceded him in death in 2017) and Joseph W. Schwarz.
A 1976 graduate of Badin High School, JoJo loved working side by side with his parents in their many successful construction, development and philanthropic business ventures. He especially loved his hometown, Fairfield. And Fairfield loved him back.
For as much love as he had for the City of Fairfield, he loved his kids that much more. They knew he loved being their father, and the feeling was mutual. JoJo’s spirit is carried on by his three children: Sonny Schwarz, a local realtor; Rachel Schwarz, a realtor in New York City; and Zachary Schwarz, who is following in his father’s footsteps in the home building and development industries. JoJo also leaves his loving father, his first cousin Donna (Randy) Moore, and his long-term partner Christy Hensley.
“Mr. Kumbaya” earned his moniker countless times throughout his walk on this earth. He was created with the ability to love people, and he was twice blessed to have them return that same love. There was nobody he wouldn’t invite to his table, regardless of who they were or what they did—that is how big his love for life, peace, and happiness was. More than being insanely charitable, he was easy to locate in a crowd or across a crowded bar! When that deep bass voice of his boomed “hand me a drink please and thank you,” or “love me a good Tommy Bahama shirt,” you knew JoJo had arrived.
He was fun-loving, charismatic, and could charm a heated business meeting into feeling like a beach vacation (not quite as much fun as a party on the beach in his beloved Florida, but he could certainly lighten up the scowls around the business table.)
JoJo was built for social gatherings. He had friends in high places, and he had friends in low places, because his real and pure magnetic personality worked as well at a bar as it did at city hall.
We’re are all going to miss you, more than words can properly express. But JoJo is met by good company waiting for him on the other side; we can be sure they have already toasted his arrival.
In true JoJo fashion, it looks like he brought us together one last time for his final curtain call, and he wouldn’t have it any other way—a celebration of the life of Joseph B. Schwarz.
• VISITATION: 3-7pm, Sunday, September 11, 2022, Avance Funeral Home, 4976 Winton Road, Fairfield, OH 45014)
• MASS of CHRISTIAN BURIAL, 11am, Monday, September 12, 2022, Sacred Heart Church, 400 Nilles Road, Fairfield OH 45014
• The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to The Fairfield Community Foundation, the The JoJo Schwarz Memorial Foundation Fund, the Make a Wish Foundation of America, or any local entity of your choice that will improve life for those in need.
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