Herbert A. Schurmann


Herbert A. Schurmann

                Herbert A. (Herb) Schurmann of Chatham died at Cape Cod Hospital on January 4, 2020 with his family by his side.

                Herb was born on September 24, 1940 in Brooklyn, N.Y. the first child of Herbert and Marie Schurmann. He grew up in the German neighborhood of Ridgewood on the Queens Brooklyn border. He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn and St Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. where he majored in accounting. Most of Herb’s career was with Weston Instruments in Newark, N.J. His last two positions were Assistant to the Comptroller and Head of Purchasing.

                For many years he resided in Woodbridge, N.J. where he raised his five children. He was an enthusiastic volunteer centering his volunteer activities around their activities. He especially enjoyed the years he was involved with the Woodbridge Little League. He held several positions including Treasurer, Coach, Manager, Head of Umpires and Player Agent. Stories about him from these days are remembered fondly not only by his own children but by many of their friends.

Herb married his present wife, Joanna, on January 2, 1988 in Liberty Corner, N.J. and expanded his family to include her three sons. They lived in Basking Ridge, N.J. for thirteen years before retiring to Chatham. During his retirement he and Joanna enjoyed international travel to several European destinations and domestic travel to visit friends and family. Herb loved music, everything from opera and symphony to soft rock and country. He enjoyed wine and fine dining, the theater and visiting art museums and galleries. He loved analyzing stocks and following the financial markets. He was blessed with a wonderful wit which would bring smiles to the faces of family, friends and those he encountered in the community.

                Herb brought his enthusiasm for volunteering to the Cape. For many years he delivered for the Meals on Wheels program in Chatham always spending time to visit along the way with the clients who he thought of as friends. He was eager to substitute whenever needed. In 2010 he was honored by being named the “Volunteer of the Year” by Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. Herb was also active at the First Congregational Church of Chatham where he served as an usher and as a Deacon.

                Most in his heart was his family. Herb is survived by his loving wife, Joanna and his children and their spouses: Michael Schurmann and Josette of Placerville, Calif., Maureen Sawicki and Stephen of Londonderry, N.H., Raymond Schurmann and Julia, of Freehold, N.J., Jeanne Schurmann and Alex Angove of Lincroft, N.J. and Keri Schurmann and Matthew Farrell of Green Brook, N.J. He leaves his stepsons and their wives, William Seymour and Maritess of Chatham, Thomas Seymour and Mary Scott of Danville, Calif., and Robert Seymour and Jennifer of La Jolla, Calif. He loved and cherished his grandchildren, Alyssa, Michaela, Daniel, Andrew, Kyle, Jake, Kurtc, Emsley and Oliver. He is also survived by his two brothers, Denis Schurmann of Lexington, N.C. and Walter Schurmann of Jackson, N.J. and a sister Linda Kolb of Tom’s River, N.J.

Since the First Congregational Church in Chatham is closed for renovations, Herb’s memorial service will take place on April 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the First Congregational Church in Harwich, 697 Main St., Harwich MA.

                In lieu of flowers, donations in Herb’s name may be made to The Friends of the Chatham Council on Aging, 193 Stony Hill Rd, Chatham, MA 02633 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.