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SCHUMACHER - Robert Of Hamilton NY, passed away Thursday, March 24th 2016 in Concord, NH, where he resided for the past four years with his son's family. Mr. Schumacher, age 84, was born July 30, 1931, to Leo and Lillian Schumacher in North Tonawanda, NY. Robert attended Michigan State College before graduating SUNY Morrisville with an AAS degree in Aircraft Instrumentation (1952). He continued at SUNY Buffalo State, earning a BS in Industrial Arts & Education. While at Buffalo State, he met his lifelong partner, Gail Joanne Stephenson, at a Ski Club meeting. They were wed October 26, 1956 at Richmond Ave Methodist Church in Buffalo, NY. In 1961, Robert completed his MS in Education. He enjoyed teaching at Gowanda High School for ten years before pursuing a 26 year career in higher education as an instructor of Mechanical Drawing at SUNY Morrisville, where he attained the rank of professor emeritus. In the Adirondack mountains Bob was a woodshop counselor, then waterfront director at Camp Treetops. He enjoyed instructing children in the fine crafting of canoe paddles and bookcases, teaching swimming, advanced life-saving techniques and wooden boat repairs for more than 50 summers. Known as 'Schu' around camp, Bob could usually be found putting in the docks, repairing a skeg, a gunnel, or making a nifty bailer from a bleach bottle with the involvement of summer's children. Days off in the high peaks were for games of tennis, a sport he had pursued since high school. Gail predeceased Robert in 2015. Robert is survived by his sister, Nancy Walp (William) of Clifton Spring, NY, daughters Jane Purden (Joe) of Westlake Village, CA, and Marcy Veno (Marcus) of Webster, NY, his son Jay Schumacher (Sonya) of Concord, NH, and his nieces Debbie Kennedy (Kevin) and Julie Gietler (Chris). Instead of donations or flowers, Bob would surely hope that in his honor you enjoy a peaceful boat ride and thick chocolate milkshake this summer with friends. A grave side interment will be held later this summer at the North Elba NY cemetery.