March 27, 2013
Paul Shuman, of Charlestown, RI, died March 27, 2013. He was born in Nashua, NH to William and Elaine Shuman on December 10, 1952.
Paul grew up in Milford, NH. From a very early age his curiosity and creativity set him apart from the rest of us. He held a lifelong love of all things wild and natural. His childhood possessions were always unusual and included a cow's eyeball, a pheasant's claw (with working tendon), hamsters, fish, chameleons, baby birds, frogs and much more. Until the day he died he took care of the wild creatures that shared his property with him.
Paul learned to make fishing nets at the University of Rhode Island Commercial Fisheries School. He started Shuman Trawl in 1977 and was a partner in Trawlworks in the early '80's. He transformed the designs, methods and materials used to manufacture fishing trawls in New England and beyond. Paul was known and respected in the industry for his innovations. He was generous with his knowledge; fishermen and other net makers were always "picking his brain" and he never minded sharing anything he knew.
Noting a similarity between nets in the water and kites in the air, Paul started Aerodrone Sport Kites, where he again created groundbreaking designs. He built great-flying kites and was a national sport kite champion as one half of the Duodrones, a synchronized kite flying team.
The marine canvas and rigging industries also benefitted from Paul's contributions. Most recently he was employed by Composite Rigging Company. Described by a colleague as "a first class tinkerer", Paul was always improving old things and inventing new ones. His humble, approachable style made him an effective teacher and mentor.
There was nothing Paul liked more than a wicked game of Scrabble, and he rarely lost. His sense of humor was subtle and dry. He could not resist a pun, even a bad one. He was a kind, gentle and thoughtful presence in our lives. Our sadness at losing him is huge.
Paul's mother, Elaine died last year. He leaves his father, William Shuman, Damariscotta, ME; his siblings, Pat Shuman (and Dave Edwards), Tacoma, WA; Bill Shuman, Pensacola, FL; and Rob Shuman (and Eunice Mommens), Avon, ME; Aunts Gloria Campbell and Verna Patti, Nashua, NH, nieces and nephews and his beloved friend Gail Turgeon, Mystic, CT.
All services will be private. The Foley-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main Street, Attleboro, MA is in charge of arrangements.