John J. Schumacher, 76 years old, of Chatham and Naples Fla., died on Tuesday December 27th at Cape Cod Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home.
Born in Boston, the 2nd son of August and Mary Schumacher, John was the beloved husband of Judith Blake Schumacher for 49 years. John was also the devoted father of Michael and his wife Gayle of Sherborn, Jennifer Harper and her husband Mitch of Pembroke and David and his wife Susan of Duxbury. Dear brother of August Schumacher of Washington, D.C., Ellen Schadegg of Hancock, N.H. and Mary Megson of Arlington, MA. Above all else, he was the adored Grandfather of Weston and Riley Schumacher, Travis and Tessa Harper and Abigail, Meghan and Dylan Schumacher.
John graduated from Cornell University in 1963. In 1967, John married Judy and founded his second love: Landscaping By Schumacher, Inc., which he owned and operated for over 30 years. During that time, Landscaping By Schumacher became New England’s largest commercial landscape firm, winning a number of both national and local awards; two of these awards landing John at the White House for presentations by First Lady Rosyln Carter and First Lady Barbara Bush.
John was also a successful fourth generation farmer, purchasing historic Lookout Farm in South Natick in 1978, and working with the Commissioner of Food and Agriculture to organize one of the early Massachusetts Agricultural Preservation Rights development restrictions with the purchase.
In his retirement, John divided his time between Chatham and Naples. He loved real estate and golf, but more than anything loved spending time with Judy on their front porch in Chatham, surrounded by his children and grandchildren, whom he adored.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember John on Friday, December 30th from 4-7pm at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road Chatham MA. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, December 31st at 10am at Nickerson Funeral Home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Cape Abilities at www.capeabilities.org or Brigham and Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Friends of the NICU fund) 116 Huntington Avenue 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02116