William J. Schumacher, a charismatic San Mateo County leader who championed causes that helped children and the disadvantaged while serving on the Board of Supervisors and City Council in Daly City, died Sunday at his home in Palm Springs.
Ebullient and passionate, Mr. Schumacher served his community not only as an elected official but as a police officer, Boy Scout volunteer, attorney and, long after he left elected office, an astute observer.
Supervisor Adrienne Tissier recalls visiting the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in 1998 when Mr. Schumacher noticed the mall-like merchandise tent was located in Daly City, not San Francisco. That keen knowledge resulted in San Mateo County receiving roughly $1 million in sales tax that would have otherwise been funneled to San Francisco.
“Only Bill would have known that it was just over the county line,” Tissier said. “Not only was he quite the character, he was extremely bright.”
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who served with Mr. Schumacher on the Board of Supervisors, called him an “astute and joyful politician who took pride in doing his best for people.”
“Bill Schumacher loved people and serving them through his public service as a Police Officer, a Daly City Councilman and Mayor, and Member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. It was an honor to serve with him, be his friend, and laugh with him.
“His wife Liz, and his immediate family have the support of his extended family of thousands who loved Bill so much.”
Congresswoman Jackie Speier also served with Mr. Schumacher on the Board. She said, “Bill Schumacher never forgot from whence he came–he was passionate about protecting the working stiff, Daly City and North County and the powerless.
“He was one of my best friends in politics who always had a joke and a warm smile to greet you. “Lookin’ good” was how he started almost every conversation. He was a leader always looking to make peace and make a deal.
“I was happy to have been a small part in the matchmaking of his marriage to Liz Terra Schumacher, the love of his life who brought him much happiness in his years of retirement. We have lost a great one in Bill Schumacher.”
Mr. Schumacher began his career in public service when he joined the Daly City Police Department in 1959. He resigned as a sergeant in 1966 and become an attorney.
His career in office began in 1968 when he was elected to the Jefferson Elementary School Board. In 1974 he was elected to the City Council in Daly City by the highest vote total in the city’s history. He served as mayor in 1978-79.
Mr. Schumacher was elected to the five-member Board of Supervisors in 1980, becoming the first resident of Daly City to serve on the Board in 40 years. He served through 1992. “Bill was a great public servant and one of a kind,” Supervisor Carole Groom said.
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