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Phillip Ray Schuman
  • 84 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 6, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Rochester, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 18, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Phillip Ray Schuman is lovingly remembered by his family and friends.
Phillip Ray Schuman, 84, 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 and Long Beach, California with his wife, Elizabeth (Winifred 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, Christine (Joyce Ann 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 spread 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. 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, boating and fast cars. 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 feared his play, and he was regularly subjected to casino counter-measures and often outright barred from play throughout Nevada, the northeastern states, the Mississippi River area casinos, and south Florida gaming venues. 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.  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).  
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Kathy Munson on 18th July 2016

"Dear Uncle Phil,  How is it possible that 3 years have passed since you moved to heaven?  You are so mussed.  Not a day goes by that we dont think about you.  You touched so many lives with your love, devotion to family and joy in seeing your near and dear ones blossom and make their own achievments.  One day we will again be together but for now, we will thank God for our time, joys, challenges shared, and pray you continue to rest in peace.  Lovingly, Kathy Munson"

This tribute was added by phillip schuman on 18th July 2016

"The day you got to the end of the beginning, Dad. I miss you, but I'm so thankful you show up in my dreams to let me know you are still with us.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again, my father."

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 18th July 2016

"Dear Dad,

How quickly the years pass - you were right, they do get shorter as we get older and they are a smaller and a smaller percentage of the whole of our lives.  Can't believe it has been three years. Your children and grandchildren and great grandchildren are making you proud every day!  All are flourishing and creating and going places!  Your legacy lives on in the voices of your family - we love you and miss you every day!"

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 6th February 2016

"An amazing dream this morning.  You were standing at the front counter of the lab, Maggie was running the lab, and you and I started talking.  It was circa 1990? and I told you I was from the future in 2017.  You asked about family and I told you I had two grandsons, and you got weepy and said that meant you had two greatgrandsons.  You smiled and said wow!  We talked a bit more about family and I asked you what the date was.  You looked at your Rolex with a datejust and just as you were going to tell me, I woke up.   I felt so warm and loved.  Thank you for all of those "talks" we had - Happy Birthday.  I love you."

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 18th July 2015

"Your legacy lives on in your children, grands, and great grands. It is a glorious day today, one that inspires Poets and artists. We miss you and love you."

This tribute was added by phillip schuman on 6th February 2015

"As our sorrow and pain from our losses slowly ebb with the passage of time, what endures are our loving memories of our parents and the many life lessons they have helped us learn. Dad frequently mentioned that I was really getting an education at his side, as first he, and then I, for him, handled his complicated business affairs. "Always bet on human nature" was his consistent advice. We haven't forgotten, and will always remember, what we have learned from them. We see them in ourselves and our progeny. May others one day look back and say we have done as well as they."

This tribute was added by Christopher Schuman on 6th February 2015

"My father taught me how to cross the street safely , how to swim and how to earn a living. I remember him telling me,after the "earn a living" lesson how relieved he was each time he succeeded in each of these endeavors . Dad was the original "out of the box" thinker and that ability has been passed down to my two brothers and my dear sister. In all our  efforts,we take these skills with us in life. Dad had two exceptional women as his partners in business and marriage ,and I am forever shaped by the love and talents of both of my Mothers. On this day and always - you are loved and missed."

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 6th February 2015

"Happy Birthday Daddy - February is a special month since you and Mom both have February birthdays.  As you look down from your vantage point, you can see the progress we are all making.  We love you and miss you, but are happy you are now flying again!  Enjoy the day with Mom and Chris and Uncle Roland and all of the angels."

This tribute was added by phillip schuman on 18th July 2014

"It's been a year since you had to leave us, and it seems both far longer and shorter than that. Thanks for visiting me in my dreams, and letting me now you're fine. Your legacy is a complicated one, but a great one as well. May God continue to bless your soul, as He blessed me with you as my father. I'll catch up with you a little later down the road."

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 18th July 2014

"I see you every day in the lives of my children, your grandchildren - they have your love of adventure, of spontaneity, and weird sleep patterns (the boys).  Your great grandsons share your curiosity and math genius and love playing games.  I miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Lynn Allen on 6th February 2014

"Happy Birthday, Dad.  Have Chris and Mom sing you a song today - we love you very much and miss you every day."

This tribute was added by Aprile Millo on 28th July 2013

"You come alive in the stories your children tell about you and it tells the story of a brilliant, mercurial, charismatic man who they will miss like air.To Bill and Christopher, who I look on as family, and to the Schuman Family, my love and solidarity.To be the shining souls you are, you had to spring from a beacon. That light will shine forever now keeping watch over his beloved family."

This tribute was added by phillip schuman on 27th July 2013

"My father was a force of nature. With his very sharp mind, he discovered the secret 60 years before the book came out. Those lucky enough to even get close to his whirlwind of ideas achieved great success. He bravely fought this last battle of his life for just short of six years. I am completely blessed he was my father. RIP, Dad. You changed the lives of so many, but especially my own."

This tribute was added by Robin Terry Raphael on 26th July 2013

"Phil was very special to me. I remember so well, his wonderful story telling,lectures on motivation,his big hugs,and the support he was always so eager to give :) To me he was always very warm...he loved being a free spirit, gambling of course("the game!The win!)  Phil definitely helped impact the direction of my career. He will be forever missed.:("

This tribute was added by Kathy Munson on 25th July 2013

"Your handsome smile will always be with me Uncle Phil.  In the Big Casino in the Sky just remember, "know when to fold them, hold them, and for heaven's sake---walk away!!!"  The dealer up there has stacked odds :).  I love you always.

Your niece Kathy Munson"


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