April 13, 1947 – December 26, 2019
Robert Schumann of Secaucus, NJ, originally of Munich, Germany, passed away on Thursday, December 26th2019 at the age of 72. Robert (“Bob”) was born in Munich, Germany in 1947, to Edward and Charlotte Schumann. He was the younger brother to Ellen Huber (nee Schumann). Bob left Germany to travel in 1968, and lived in various countries throughout the world before settling in Secaucus, NJ, when he met his wife, Joanne Schumann (nee Cioffi). Bob and Joanne married in 1983 and the couple had one daughter, Alexandra. Bob had an extensive career in Logistics, first as the Vice President of Panalpina, then President of Wilson Group, then as a management consultant and head hunter for Reinecke & Associates, and then later as the Chief Operating Officer for UTC Overseas, Inc. After retiring in 2014, Robert continued working as a consultant under his own company, The Schumann Group. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Joanne Schumann, his beloved daughter Alexandra and her husband Giuseppe Landolfo, his sister Ellen, and his two grandchildren, Luca and Sebastian. To say he will be dearly missed is an incredible understatement. A memorial in honor of Robert will be held at the Mack Memorial Home in Secaucus, NJ on Thursday, January 2nd from 4:00pm-8:00pm.
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
- Memorial Service Thursday, January 2, 2020
January 21, 2020
It is with a very heavy heart that I share this message. To Joanne and Alex, all my love to you both. We have known each other for so long, our girls growing up together from nursery. Joanne, you were very lucky to have such a wonderful partner in life. So lucky in so many ways. Bob was the nicest and sweetest man. He would always greet with such kindness and love. I would often bump into him and it was always so great to see him. I would find out from him how you were doing and how happy you both were your precious grandchildren. May you find strength in knowing he will always be near, loving and watching over you, Alex and the boys. My love to you all.
January 16, 2020
You were the smartest, kindest most loveable human being I ever met and I'm so grateful you chose me to share your life with. My heart is broken but my life was rich having had you to share it with. Thank you for your patience with life, your calmness, and your everything else. Most importantly, thank you for our amazing daughter. I'll love you always, J
January 9, 2020
I am heartbroken to hear of Bob’s passing. He was my mentor, business partner, colleague, and dear friend. We just spoke a few months ago and these calls were always so delightful as he told me about his beloved grandchildren and their antics. He loved his family more than anything and they brought him such incredible joy and happiness.
Bob was the consummate business professional. Sharp as a tack on financial matters, a beautiful writer and communicator and always on top of innovation and trends in the marketplace. Truly a top-notch executive in every sense of the word. A one of a kind and larger than life personality.
We worked together for so many years and never once had a disagreement. A difference of opinion, yes, but because of his professionalism and great humor, we never had an argument. I learned so much from him in so many ways. I am truly grateful for that opportunity. He will be missed.
January 2, 2020
A final greeting to my beloved brother:
We loved you in life and will never forget you in death. We are all infinitely sad.
Your sister Ellen with the whole family from Germany.
January 1, 2020
I am deeply saddened about Bob’s passing. Bob and I go back to the 1980’s when we first met. During the past four decades we have always managed to stay in touch even if sometimes from the distance. I knew Bob as Headhunter, Consultant, close Colleague and most of all as a friend and mentor for whom I had utmost respect.
More than anything it was Bob’s one of a kind personality and what I would call his disarming charm that made me enjoy and want to be in his company. Now in my opinion this had a lot to do with Bob’s family and his Bavarian roots.
Bob was to me the embodiment of a state of mind for which there is no proper translation from the German language to English. It is called in German “Gemuetlichkeit”.
I find it quite challenging to adequately explain what this means in English, the dictionary will show “cosiness” or “comfort”, but those words are too simple and do not give justice to the concept of “Gemuetlichkeit”.
When I remember Bob all the ingredients to describe this state of mind fall in perfect place, if I could take a run at explaining Gemuetlichkeit it goes like this:
“Being together with a group of close friends or colleagues in a cosy place sharing a delicious beverage or meal and everyone being cheerful, Bob would make sure that everyone is at ease and feeling welcome with jolly music in the background which would make everyone feel like singing along and swaying back and forth with arms linked…”
During the years I was working as colleague with Bob, I admired his serenity in the face of work related issues or emergencies. He would never show his sweat but instead he would keep his Bavarian cool and the first thing he would say was another untranslatable expression which is “Schauen wir mal” which means that we will take a look but not allow the situation to get us all bent out of shape about.
I am deeply grateful about the memories that i will cherish for the rest of my life. Bob will always have a special place in my heart.
January 1, 2020
Bob, my good friend, I’m so heartbroken you leaving us much much to soon, at the same time happy we had the opportunity to meet not to long ago!
We shared a day full of memories from the past, later enjoying a fantastic evening with the rest of your family...
You will be missed every day until we meet again.
Rest in Piece😞🙏😞
December 31, 2019
Bob, you always have been someone special to me since my childhood. You were my uncle Bob from America - not just an uncle - you have been a very important person in my life. Even if we didn’t see each other every week there was a special band between us. You have always been interested in my life since I grew up - you have been a wonderful person. You introduced me your LOVE Joanne when I was 15 years old - I loved her from the first time I met. You got a wonderful wife and a wonderful daughter
Alexandra, grandson Giuseppe and 2 grandchild’s.
It is so hard to see their hearts are broken.
Heaven is having an angel more.
R.I.P. Mein Onkel Robert aus Amerika
Miss you so much 💔
Love ❤️ you Marion