James M. "Ding" Schoonmaker

Naples, Florida

Jun 10, 1933 – Jan 19, 2021 (Age 87)


June 10, 1933
January 19, 2021
Naples, Florida


(News story) James M. "Ding" Schoonmaker II, a world-renowned sailor whose donation proved the catalyst to restore the museum ship in the Maumee River and reclaim its original moniker - his grandfather's name - died Jan. 19, in his Naples, Fla. home. He was 87.The family did not report a cause of...

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Dear Treecie, Ding was so special and he loved you very much. I'm sure he and Paul will be in heaven together reminiscing about their boyhood times sailing in Watch Hill. With deepest sympathy from Barbara Buhler Erdman

Treecie, my deepest sympathy.

Gene McCarthy

I am so sorry for your loss May and peace and hope through this difficult time.

James Ding Schoonmaker was a giant among men. A kind and generous individual who always was there to help those in need; especially his four legged friends. We enjoyed many happy moments as members of the Dwarfs.
My life has been enriched having him as a friend. My heart goes out to Treecie his loving wife. May he Rest In Peace. With deepest sympathy, Larry

Treecie, my sincere condolences to you and your family. You and Ding were a special couple and he was an incredible human being. I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to get to meet both of you. May he rest in peace. My prayers to you for strength. Lina Carreiro O'Leary