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SCHUMANN, Peter Robert

May 13, 1951 — August 27, 2022

Peter Schumann passed away August 27, 2022, at his home on the mountain. Peter was born on May 13, 1951, in Adelaide, South Australia. He was the son of Desmond Schumann – the Australian who bought Big White in 1985 and, with Peter, shaped the resort into what it is today. Peter served as the president and “family representative” at Big White until his retirement in 2014. His nephew, Peter Plimmer, took over as president and remains in that position today. Peter leaves behind his beloved wife, Nada, and children: Paul, Lara, Jessica, and Jarrah. He is also survived by his two sisters, Elizabeth Plimmer and Jane Cann.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the KGH Foundation.

A Celebration of Life will be held on WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2022, at 3:00 PM (PDT), at the FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4091 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC.  If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2022, at 3:00 PM (PDT)


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Service Details

The service for SCHUMANN, Peter Robert is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2022, at 3:00 PM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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4091 Lakeshore Rd Kelowna, BC


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  • Ian Talbot says:

    Peter was one of my first supporters when I created Powderhound Ski Magazine. I have followed his career from his Hotham days until he relocated to Big White. Still shocked he’s no longer with us. RIP Peter

  • Mike Figurski says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss. The Mountain won’t be the same without him. Please contact me if there is anything I can do.

  • James Oakes says:

    Dear Jane, Jessica, Rob and families. Sorry to read of your loss. Sincere condolences. Jim Oakes OKM

    • Owen dunn says:

      I have only just heard of Peter’s passing realising this is a late message I worked at Mt Hotham backing the early 80s and remember all that well and the experiences I had there Thankyou Peter for everything 🎊🎉💐🍺🍻🍻🍺

  • Robert Foldi says:

    I was personal assistant to the late Desmond Schumann And it is with a heavy heart that I read the passing of Peter. I sent to all the family my sincere condolences and love from Australia.

  • Rhonda Gross says:

    The brightest stars shine to remind us that special people are always with us. So look up into that beautiful night sky at Big White and look for the brightest one and have a toast with Pete. Forever in our hearts. Love Grossie and Rhonnie

  • Mick Cherry says:

    Sending our sympathies to all of Peters family. We loved him and we’ll miss him. He’ll always be in our thoughts.

  • Neil Denby says:

    This is a sad day for the Schumann family and the family at Big White that he created. His legacy will continue on. My sincere condolences to his family.

  • gordon carmichael says:

    We have been to Big White from the UK for the last six years and would just like to show our appreciation for making a little piece of heaven here on Earth. I never met Peter but was obviously a man with great vision. Rest in peace

    • Leo says:

      Although my only meetings with Mr. Schumann were friendly hellos, in the elevator at Chateau Big White, I will miss him. The Scumann family’s accomplishments at Big White, have brought joy to our family for many decades. Thank you Peter.

  • Dick and Jane Shaw says:

    After 45 years of knowing Peter Robert we will miss him dearly. Dickie will no doubt continue to give him a call every now and then to discuss complete trivia and will look forward to seeing him up in ‘the clouds”. Rest well Pete. Your old friends and Mates-in-laws, Dick and Jane.

  • Meryl says:

    I was so shocked to hear of Peter’s passing away. I worked at Mt Hotham in 75, 76. Peter was a larger than life character. It was always more fun when he was around. One time a bunch of us went up into the roof of Snowbird Lodge to smoke pot and the manager heard us stomping around and came up and caught us. Most of the participants were fired but Peter saved me and I continued to work for two seasons. He was a lucky man to be so loved and will be sorely missed. Love to his grieving family and friends. Meryl

  • Dale Hagan says:

    Nada and Family So sad for your loss. Dale & Claire Hagan

  • Tom Mah says:

    Deepest condolences to the Schumann and Plimmer family. Kelowna and the world have lost a beautiful and kind citizen. Mr. Peter Schumann’s kindness and generosity provided me the ability to operate a business that has lasted for 22 years and counting. My family and I are forever grateful. You will be forever missed Peter. My prayer is that you are now resting in peace.

  • Marta Edwards says:

    Sending love & hugs to you all at this sad time. Peter was a very generous man, who showed us such a special & wonderful time, as a family. We will remember his kindness & generosity.
    Love Marta (Linda), Justin, Nathan & Chris xx

  • Frank and Cindy Penzo says:

    Sending our love to all family and friends.We have known Pete for many years from Hotham days and Big White . Thank you for your kindness, generosity and great memories Peter. You’ll be missed a lot but never forgotten. Love from Manta , Cindy and family xxx

  • Len Dobell says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to all family and friends from myself and family. I have been privileged to have known Peter for nearly 50 years. He will always be known for his kindness, generosity, friendship and mentoring. He will be missed but never forgotten. Love Len

  • Virginia thurbon says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Sending condolences to all the family.

  • Donalene Snarud says:

    Nada and the family of Peter I am sending my condolences. Will miss Peter a fine gentleman and so kind. RIP Peter.

  • Joyce Ricioppo says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mr. Schumann was a wonderful supporter of the Big White Community especially our little ones, he will be missed dearly.
    Joyce Ricioppo on behalf of the Big White Mountain Community Development Association

  • gigi says:

    What a sad day. Pete was such a force in my life personally. He gave Blue & I so many opportunities with our various business ventures – The Forest, The High Forest, Rentchalets & finally Gigi’s restaurant. Always tough, always fair and always with an unwavering belief in us. Thank you so much Pete for the trust. And for marrying my friend – Nada was one of your best decisions! I am realizing with this loss just what a force & example you set for me in my life – authentic, generous, challenging and quietly successful. Miss you already. And so much love to you Nada & family. Here for you always. xoxo

  • Helen says:

    To all of Pete’s family – my sincere condolences. The world was better with Pete in it and his energy and the memories of him will last a lifetime – VALE PRS

  • Mena Schnizler says:

    My deepest sympathy to all Peters family . A kind, generous and funny man full of love and passion
    VALE Peter Schumann

  • Kathy and Randy Minns says:

    Oh dear Nada and Family, Randy and I were so very sad to hear of your darling Peter’s passing.. Be strong nd the warrior that you are.
    Randy & Kathy Minns

  • Chriss Janko says:

    We remember Peter as a generous man. We are so grateful for his support in our community as our children were growing up together. Our hearts are with you all as you navigate this loss. Warmest hugs, Chriss and Davy Janko

  • Dennis & Norma Thibault says:

    To Nada and family. We remember Peter as a dear friend and employer.. We send you our sincere condolences. May you be comforted in your grief.
    Love from Dennis & Norma Thibault

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