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Phillip Ray Schuman

  • Birth 6 Feb 1929 Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 18 Jul 2013 Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 114296176

Phillip Ray Schuman, 84, of Fort Lauderdale passed away peacefully on July 18, 2013 at home after a long illness. The youngest of four brothers, Phil was born on February 6, 1929 in Rochester, Minnesota to Grace Irene Perry and George Schuman. The family moved to Sacramento, California when Phil was young. After serving in the US Army, Phil rose rapidly from a dance instructor to a studio owner with the Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Phil owned Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Tacoma, Washington and Beverly Hills, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California with his wife, Winifred (Elizabeth) Schuman nee Balsiger and later an independent studio in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. He went on to become a successful entrepreneur in various businesses including real estate development, shopping plazas and weight loss centers with his later wife, Joyce (Christine) Ann Schuman nee May. After beginning in Toronto, Ontario Canada with a chain of Hilton-Stauffer figure salons, he began his first weight loss center business in the greater Cleveland area, and grew those operations to Akron, Canton and Cincinnati, Ohio. Later, usually in association with his decades' long partner Mr. Donald K. Gearheart, he co-founded weight loss center operations in Detroit, MI, Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Dallas, Houston and Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and Washington, DC. With his family, he opened 23 centers in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, and subsequently 26 centers in south Florida. Eventually, his businesses grew at their peak overall to 168 locations. An avid lifelong student of history, Phil traveled the world, and lived abroad at times in Toronto, Canada and in Costa Rica. He had a private pilot's license and enjoyed flying his airplanes, captaining his boats, and driving fast cars, especially convertibles. In the early '80s he moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL, where he enjoyed the south Florida waterside lifestyle. He first lived by the Atlantic Ocean on the Galt Ocean Mile, and then on the intercoastal waterway, in the Seven Isles off Las Olas Boulevard, and since 2003, in Bay Colony. He enjoyed casino gaming as his lifelong hobby interest. He was so skilled at blackjack that casinos knew him and respected his play, and he was regularly subjected to casino counter-measures when not outright barred from play throughout Nevada, the northeastern states, the Mississippi River area casinos, and south Florida gaming venues on land and sea. Phil is survived by his four children: Phillip, Lynn, Bill, and Christopher; his four grandchildren: Kathryn, Phillip, Michael, and Kristina; and two great grandchildren: Thomas and Robert. He was pre-deceased by his loving wives, Elizabeth (Winifred) Balsiger and Christine (Joyce) Ann May. Private services are being held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday July 26, 2013 at The Gardens, 4103 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431, his final resting place. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations in his name to the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), or the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA).





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  • Created by: Everett Mefford
  • Added: 24 Jul 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 114296176
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phillip Ray Schuman (6 Feb 1929–18 Jul 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 114296176, citing Gardens Memorial Park, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Everett Mefford (contributor 47576323) .