Philip E. Shumway ’42

Philip Earl Shumway, 100, of Amherst Massachusetts, born July 27, 1922 passed away on Friday, November 4th, 2022. Philip was a husband to the late Dorothy Czeczot, and beloved father to their children, Alan, Jayne, and the late Scott Shumway. Philip remarried and was a husband to the late Ilse Shumway ’74 and beloved father to Philip, Spencer, Jennifer, Clarissa, and the late Geoffrey Shumway. Philip also leaves behind 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren that he had the joy of watching grow in his lifetime.

Beyond his family, Philip found great love in flying and carpentry. He joined the US Army Air Corps (known today as the Air Force) during WWII where he flew on the front lines of a medical evacuation and supply mission piloting the DC-3 transport. Much of his tour was spent in the China Burma Hump where he earned the rank of Captain. Philip received many accolades (including the distinguished flying cross) for his efforts during his time in the service. Upon his return home, Philip attended Wentworth Institute. Following graduation, Philip worked as a carpenter and general contractor. He was a perfectionist in his work and his eye for detail never faded with time. He constructed many buildings in the Amherst area, including the visitor center on Mount Sugarloaf in Sunderland, MA. Philip was a true gentleman and he will be greatly missed by all the lives he touched during his 100 years, which he happily celebrated surrounded by family and friends.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday, November 9th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Douglass Funeral Home in Amherst. The burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Boston Children’s Hospital or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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