In Memory of George C. Schumacher
Penta Pacific Properties, Santa Fe Springs, sadly announces the sudden passing of George C. Schumacher on April 14, 2014, from complications resulting from a recent surgery. George was a “Larger than Life” figure in the CRE industry, who possessed a vibrant and high energy persona. He commanded respect from clients, investment partners, and fellow agents, with his in-depth professional knowledge and effective decision making. He cast a wide net throughout Southern California with his multi-faceted career of Industrial Developer, Broker, Joint Venture Investor, Philanthropist, and Community Leader.
George grew up in San Marino and graduated from Mission High School in San Gabriel in 1956 and held a BS degree in Economics from Occidental College. He also accomplished graduate work in real estate from UCLA. After college, he served in the National Guard as a staff sergeant. His first job out of college was in Sales with General Electric in 1960. He broke into the CRE business in downtown Los Angeles with J.G. Helms Co. from 1963-1968. In 1969, he along with four other partners formed Penta Pacific Properties in Los Angeles and later expanded to Santa Fe Springs and Orange County. At one point in time, Penta Pacific had 4 offices with over 40 brokers.
George was a renaissance man who had many talents. He would have been suited as a college professor, he loved to teach others about business subjects, along with inspiring “Life Lessons”. He was President of the Orange Co. SIOR Chapter in 1991, and on the national board; life member of AIR; past President of Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the city’s “Person of the Year” in 1995. The Schumacher family has been members of the Jonathan Club & Balboa Bay Club since the 1930s & ’40s respectively. George served on the membership and art committees, served as vice president, and was honored with the Club’s Jonathan Trumbull Award.
George is survived by his wife Bonny who resides in Newport Beach and children Eric Knirk, Natasha Rowan, Julie King, Victoria Barnes, and 8 grandchildren.