Michael D. Schott, a mechanical engineer and project manager, drowned Saturday in a boating accident near where the Back River meets the Chesapeake Bay off the Baltimore County shore. The Ellicott City resident was 33.
Mr. Schott was born and raised in Pittsburgh and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh.
After graduation, he went to work for Crisplant, a materials-handling company in Frederick. He was working for G&T; Conveyor Co. when he took a position in project management for United Sortation Solutions in Owings Mills in 2005.
Known as "Schotty," Mr. Schott was an avid ice hockey player. He played goalie for several teams and enjoyed playing for the Meltdowns at Garden's Ice House in Laurel and for the Clippers at Piney Orchard Ice Rink in Anne Arundel County.
He was a member of the Baltimore B-Hounds of the Baltimore Sports and Social Club, where he played a variety of sports, including broom ball and softball.
"While an intense competitor, he was always quick with a smile and made friends with everyone," said his fiancee, Diana M. Smith of Ellicott City.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in North Huntingdon, Pa.
Also surviving are his parents, Paul C. and Beverly Schott of North Huntingdon; a brother, Paul A. Schott of Irwin, Pa.; his paternal grandmother, Catherine Schott of Greensburg, Pa.; and his maternal grandmother, Florence Carns of Jeanette, Pa.