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On May 7, 2017, after a brave and inspiring battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Anthony "Tony" Charles Shumsky passed away at home in the loving care of his devoted wife of 15 years, Samantha Shumsky, and mother, LoAnn Shumsky. All who knew him were moved by the tremendous courage and positive attitude with which he faced his illness.
Tony was born on Feb. 27, 1970, the son of LoAnn and Stanley "Stan" Shumsky, of Traverse City. He was a gifted athlete, lettering in both baseball and football during his years at Traverse City Senior High School (class of 1988).
Blessed with a gift for writing, public speaking and analytical thought, Tony graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993 and went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree (Cum Laude) from The Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998.
His love of learning and passion for public policy led him to a fascinating career which included practicing law, serving on the staff of United States Senator Spencer Abraham and acting as chairman of the Leelanau County Republican Party. In recent years he turned his boundless energy toward the oil and gas sector, taking him out west to Colorado and Texas, where he most recently served in a management position within the Regulatory Affairs Department of the Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation.
An avid outdoorsman like his father, Tony loved spending his leisure time golfing, pursuing trout with fly rod in hand and bow hunting for white-tailed deer. He was also a genuine "man of letters," whose passion for literature enriched not only his life, but those fortunate enough to know him as well.
His two incredible children, Anna and Nick, were without question his greatest joy. His deep and abiding love for them was boundless and will forever follow them throughout their lives.
In addition to Samantha, Anna and Nick, Tony is survived by his mother, LoAnn Shumsky, and sister, Amy (Nathan) Gilmore, both of Traverse City.
The Shumsky family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to Dr. Stanley Appel and the staff at the Houston Methodist ALS Clinic, The ALS Association, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and his many thoughtful colleagues at the Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation.
A celebration of Tony's life will be held this summer in Traverse City with the time and place yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the ALS Association.
Published on  May 14, 2017
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