September 9, 1924 – January 3, 2021
Stanley Shuman, 96, of Brookline, MA passed peacefully on Sunday January 3, 2021 with his family around him.
Stanley was the son of Barnet and Eva Shuman who emigrated from Russia. His early life was spent in Mattapan and Dorchester, playing street ball with the Phaetons. He joined the army after Pearl Harbor and served in World War II in Company C of the 1255th Combat Engineer Battalion. One of his most emotional experiences was crossing the Remagen Bridge during the Allied invasion of Germany days before it was blown up.
Stanley received his degree in Civil Engineering in 1949 from Northeastern University and went on to build a successful construction business with his brother Sidney. Their reputation for integrity and honesty in business and in life came from their father, Barnet, a brick layer.
He was a Brookline Town Meeting Member for many years and a member of the American Arbitration Association. He loved being an Arbitrator and would study all of the exhibits with a precise and open mind. Stanley was proud to be appointed to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations. He was active in the AGC (American General Contractors) and served on various Boards and committees.
For all of Stanley’s accomplishments, he will be remembered most for his guiding principles which include being honest and ethical and always lending a hand to others. He was a firm believer in education and taking care of family. He was also a strong advocate for the support of local businesses. May we honor his wishes in this very difficult time.
Over his lifetime, Stanley spent many years enjoying family and friends in Nantasket, Madison, New Hampshire and especially Martha’s Vineyard where he and his wife, Susan, opened their home and their hearts to so many.
His kindness, sense of humor and love of people led to two very successful marriages. Sarita Rosenberg Shuman passed in 1975 after four children and 26 years of marriage. From this marriage, he leaves Deborah Raczynski (Chester, deceased) of New York, Edward Shuman of Nashua, NH and Elizabeth Shuman of Jamaica Plain. Stanley was predeceased by his son David Shuman (Lily) who passed just four years ago. His open heart led him to 42 years of marriage to Susan Flaksman Shuman. With this marriage he gained three more children and later their spouses, Barry and Sara Goldberg of Newton, MA, Beth and Ron Foreman of Pawtucket, RI and Amy Goldberg and Tom Doyle of Providence, RI. Children were wonderful blessings to Stanley, but grandchildren and great grandchildren; they were the moon and the stars. With love they are Rose and her partner Mita and Rachel Shuman, Alexandra and Jacob Cohen, Joseph Raczynski, Zachary, Sofia and Joshua Shuman, Hanna, Samuel and Aaron Foreman, Charlie and William Goldberg, Annabelle and Grace Doyle, Auggie and Henry Banks and Maya and Dagan Cohen.
Stanley was predeceased by his four siblings, Bette Gorfinkle, Sidney Shuman, Annette Guttell and Miriam Blumstein. Stanley leaves numerous loving nieces and nephews. We would like to acknowledge everyone who was touched by Stanley and with whom he had a loving and respectful relationship, however, it would take a full page to list them all. Without exception, the world is a kinder and more welcoming place for having Stanley among us.
Services will be private. A celebration of Stanley’s life will take place once we can all be together safely.