William E. Schumacher

Bill Schumacher led an extraordinary Life. He was a leader from an early age; a three-year football letterman at Warren Harding, a tri-captain of the 1966 Panther team and an All-Ohio linebacker. He earned a scholarship to Harvard University.

Thoreau may have described Bill best when he wrote, “If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” He dropped out of Harvard, headed west, and began a life as a blacksmith, a cowboy and a carpenter. He and his wife lived in a one room cabin high in the Colorado Rockies for more than a year – the only running water a stream of melted snow. He lived in Colorado, California and Massachusetts. He vacationed in remote Mexican villages and learned Spanish.

He loved working with his hands and producing things of lasting value, which led to a career in construction. He later became a master craftsman creating fine woodworking. He was a voracious reader and a life-long learner with broad interests.

At age 60 he returned to Harvard and earned his degree, fulfilling a promise he made to his mother, and qualifying himself to become the high school history teacher he’d always wanted to be. He was tutoring children in preparation for that next phase of his life when a fatal illness struck him in 2011.

Bill was a remarkable man who had a deep and sustained connection to the community from which he sprang. He was a loving and devoted father to his children who miss him deeply, as do his many friends.

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