Yosef ben Mirayum (Jeffrey) Schneider never married or had children. Always in debt, he was forced to sell his house. Bookies followed him trying to collect. For years he had threatened to commit suicide.
When he finally did after being evicted from a Bensonhurst apartment — shooting himself in the head in the back seat of a car parked on East 17th Street — no one noticed.
Exactly how long his body remained there is unclear — but parking tickets piled up for five weeks, the earliest from Feb. 17.
On Thursday night, cops finally discovered his decomposing corpse beneath a blanket in the back seat of a maroon Lincoln Mercury across from the Midwood HS football field. He was 53 years old.
“He kept saying he was going to kill himself and we tried everything we could,” said a friend who asked not to be identified. “Between his back pain and not having any money, he just decided he didn’t want to live that way anymore.”
The friend said the last anyone heard from Schneider was Feb. 9 — days after he was evicted — when he called to say he was driving upstate.
A relative filed a missing-person report on March 3.
Born in New York, Schneider knocked around much of his life. He once started a company called Doc’s Solutions — although friends couldn’t remember what the business did.
His father, who ran a successful business in the Garment District, died in 2000 at 84. His mother passed away six months later.
The small inheritance wasn’t enough.
In 2004, he was forced to sell his home in Spring Valley to stave off creditors. At the closing, he said, “I’m going to jump off the George Washington Bridge.”
The buyer, Frank Terry, said after Schneider moved out, bookies showed up looking to collect. Apparently he had a penchant for the ponies.
The close friend said despite his dwindling finances, Schneider had expensive tastes — often buying $125 bottles of wine.
“He was quite intellectual. He is the smartest person I know. And he was also the most giving person,” the friend said.
At the time of his death, Schneider owed $3803.33 in parking tickets dating back to 2005.