June 9, 2011

Keith Patrick Schumacher

Keith Patrick Schumacher, 56, of Moncks Corner, S.C., maintenance supervisor with Darby Development Company in Moncks Corner, husband of Robin Schumacher, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Charleston, S.C.

Schumacher was born August 29, 1954, in Montauk, N.Y., the son of Charles E. Schumacher and Patricia McDonald Schumacher.

He served 25 years in the Army National Guard; was employed 17 years with Burlington Housing Authority in Burlington; and for the last 15 years had been a maintenance supervisor with Darby Development Co. Schumacher’s work has been his passion. He dedicated his life to maintaining a perfectly running apartment property… many times to the chagrin of those working with and around him. He was never afraid to be unpopular in his decision if he knew it to be the right one. However, his well-known generosity, along with a keen sense of humor, often gave others a glimpse of a softer side that was difficult for him to reveal.

Schumacher commented many times that he was born 100 years too late. In his heart he would have happily given up modern conveniences to live off the land, and it is most likely his love of the outdoors and “rugged living” that gave him the survival instinct and never-give-up attitude that helped him fight tirelessly against a relentless disease. As his close friend, Rick Proctor, so eloquently stated, “If you think he was a force to contend with here, imagine how he’s shaking Heaven up now.” Many will also fondly remember Schumacher as an avid reader who was almost never without a book in hand.

Schumacher is survived by his parents of Shelburne; his wife, Robin Schumacher, of Moncks Corner, 2 sons – Jason Schumacher and Josh Creel, both of Moncks Corner; a sister – Arlene Fisher and her husband, Randy; a brother – Robert Schumacher and his wife, Bonnie; sisters-in-law – Carol Palady of Rock Hill, S.C.; and Aggie Schumacher; mothers-in-law – Roberta Johnson and Sharon Palady, of Williston; several nephews and a niece, and good friend, Rick Proctor, along with many others he held close at heart.
He is predeceased by his son, Aaron Schumacher; a brother, Charles Schumacher; and his father-in-law, Ken Palady of Williston.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road Suite 504, N. Charleston, S.C. 29406.