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Peter Shumsker August 28, 2021

Date of Funeral

August 31, 2021

Peter Myles Shumsker sadly passed away at age 74 on August 28th,
2021 in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
He was born on April 20th, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. Peter is
survived by his sons Marc and Michael (Maya), his sister Barbara
Shumsker (Deb Nugent), his mother Adeline Levin, and his
grandchildren Ryan, Jake and Noam.
Peter lived in many Massachusetts towns including Dorchester, Milton,
Newton, Walpole, Stoughton, Needham, West Roxbury, Amesbury,
and most notably Sharon where he will now also Rest In Peace.
The funeral will be a graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park on
Tuesday, August 31st at 2:45pm ET. Peter will be buried right next to
his father, Max Shumsker and close by to his grandparents, Isadore
and Anna Shumsker.
Peter attended Milton High School, Brandeis University, and Boston
College where he obtained a MBA. He had a successful career
working mostly as a QA director at companies like Cullinet, Marcam,
Fidelity and Omgeo. His teammates will miss his leadership, empathy
and humor.
A former season ticket holder, Peter requested to be buried in Red
Sox clothes and we encourage anyone attending the funeral to wear
Red Sox attire. Peter was a Red Sox fan since 1954 and patiently
waited 50 years to watch them win their first World Series in his
lifetime, followed by three more. Yes! Peter also enjoyed all Boston
sports and he shared that love with his family and friends. He was the
commissioner of his son Marc’s Rec basketball league and also a
manager for the Brandeis University basketball team in his college
days. He inspired much of his sons’ interest in sports as players as
well as his son Michael who majored in sports management.

Most importantly to his family and friends, Peter was a very loving
man with a huge heart. The joyful feeling of being around Peter is hard
to put in words, but the feeling will be remembered forever by all who
knew him, and passed on through his surviving family, as he passed
on through his own father. Peter also loved sharing puns and stories,
and he was a fantastic listener. He truly was an amazing father and
Peter was fortunate to see his mother at age 100 on a trip in May of
2021 where he was also able to rendezvous with his sister, sister-in-
law, son Michael, daughter-in-law Maya and meet his granddaughter
Noam. Peter got to spend his final weeks on a trip for his grandson
Jake’s 7th birthday along with son Marc and grandson Ryan, and
returned back to Massachusetts, the place he had spent most of his
life, just before he passed. He was also expecting his 4th grandchild to
be born shortly, and was very excited to know the Shumskers were
growing and continuing to thrive.
He will be deeply missed and we thank him for bringing so much joy to
our lives.

The funeral will be a graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park on
Tuesday, August 31st at 2:45pm ET. Peter will be buried right next to
his father, Max Shumsker and close by to his grandparents, Isadore
and Anna Shumsker.


  1. REPLY
    Karen Shamban says

    Peter was a warm and wonderful human being whom I’ve known for decades. He was a funny/punny guy, and reminded me so much of his father Max, which is the highest compliment. Wishing all of his family (including my best friend Barb and my “second mother” Addie) the best as they weather this transition. With love and comfort to you all.

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      Paul William Shumsker says

      Just heard of Peter’s passing and wanted to express my sympathy to his family. I am two years older than Peter and still remember going to his Bar Mitzvah. I left Mattapan in 1968 to get my MSW and live the excitement of New York life where I have remained now in retirement. I still have fond memories of Boston and do remember the Shumsker clan of yesteryear. Unfortunately most of us did not keep in touch though the uniqueness of our name Shumsker is bonding. FYI it is worth mentioning for those unfamiliar, there is a town in the Ukraine named Shumsk from which our name originated. Lastly, I too was almost named Peter but instead given the name Paul after my great grandfather Pinchas.
      My sister is Carol and my Father was Jack (Jacob) first cousin to Max. Peace and cherished memories of Peter.

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    Janice Shumsker says

    I was married to PETER shumsker for 37 years. We lived in Walpole, Stoughton and Sharon Massachusetts. Once divorced we remained friends when PETER moved to Florida. I will miss our lasting friendship And regular conversations. We raised a family together, our children were grown when we divorced. Our friendship helped to bond our family and there was no discomfort during family gatherings.
    Peter was a warm caring person. We helped each other and cared for each other after our divorce. My loss is deep
    As we shared so many memories of our children growing up, family vacations, and our grandchildren together. I will always remember our shared good times.

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    Carol Shumsker Abrams. (Jack & Betty’s Daughter) says

    I’m so sorry to hear about Peter’s passing.
    Wishing the family some comfort in the memories and strength in the companionship of those who share your loss.

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