Charles W. Schumann, Jr.
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1913 - 2012 SHEFFIELD, MA Charles (Carl) W. Schumann, Jr., died peacefully, Nov. 18, 2012, surrounded by his family in his home on Three Mile Pond, Sheffield, MA. He was 99 1/2 . He was the son of jeweler, Charles W. Schumann, and Helen Poggenburg Schumann of New York, NY.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline W. Dennis Schumann, his children, Nancy B. Schumann, Greenlawn, NY, Charles W. Schumann III, Savannah, GA, and Marie A. Schumann, Tenants Harbor, ME.; his grandsons, Charles W. Schumann IV, Savannah, GA, Brian C. Schumann, San Francisco, CA, and Gordon M. Schumann, Savannah, GA; also by his daughter-in-law, Anne B. Schumann, Savannah, GA, and his son-in-law, Peter N. Russell, Tenants Harbor, ME. He is also survived by his step-children, Lynda D. Zanolli, Clarkdale, AZ, Kathy Cartier, Oregon, and Donald O. Dennis, Oregon.
His wife, Alice B. Schumann, predeceased him in 1997.
Carl was born Jan. 29, 1913, and spent his early years in New York City, NY. At the age of 16 he moved to Garden City, NY. After graduating from Hempstead High School in 1931, he attended New York University. His career began in the textile business and he eventually joined J. P. Stevens Company, (JPS), designing fine women's woolens and serving as a liaison between the NY office and the Textile mills in New England. While working for JPS during World War II, he also worked with the U.S. Department of the Treasury selling War Bonds; he was the official photographer for the JPS newsletter, which was sent to all employees and all soldiers serving in the armed forces. He was a Boy Scout leader in Williston Park, NY. After 35 years with JPS, Carl retired in 1969. Carl joined with two friends, John Lake, Valley Stream, NY, and Lawrence Kervan, Scarsdale, NY, in purchasing 684 acres on what is known as Three Mile Pond, Sheffield, MA. The greater part of the land was essentially a swamp, having been dammed by the activity of beavers. The three men received a grant to have a much needed dam built to conserve fresh water. The three joined together to form Beverkil, the corporation which managed the land they had purchased. They removed thousands of dead trees to allow Three Mile Pond to expand to its present size. Later, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife assumed stewardship of Three Mile Pond.
On Jan. 17, 1999, Carl married Pauline W. Dennis at Old Parish Church, Sheffield. They had met at Dewey Hall where Pauline was assistant director of the Sheffield Senior Center and he was delivering Meals on Wheels. Carl and Pauline worked tirelessly to create a new home for the Senior Center, extensively researching possible sites, and serving on the Building Committee.
Photography was Carl's lifelong passion; he was an active member of camera clubs both on Long Island and in the Berkshires. During the War, he built his own darkroom. In 2000 he completed an historic photographic record of the more than 1500 houses in the town of Sheffield; the collection now resides in three volumes at the Town Hall and at the Sheffield Historical Society.
His other great passion was woodworking, especially creating fine furniture; he made innumerable tables, storage cabinets, and toys for his family and friends. He also sculpted in wood and in stone. Recently, he made a moveable platform for concert use at Old Parish Church.
Carl's unique and irrepressible sense of humor enlivened his contacts with all he met. Carl was a gentleman, a friendly, helpful neighbor, a man of peace and optimism. Carl leaves a legacy of respect, stewardship of nature, and love of family and community. Carl was a good man.
MEMORIAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 10 AM at Old Parish Church, Sheffield.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Friends of The Sheffield Senior Center or to Hospice-Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 20, 2012