Peter Shumway

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Etna, N.H. — Peter Shumway of Etna, N.H., died April 8, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was 87. He just missed his 50th anniversary with his beloved wife, Kay Carter Shumway, by a few months. 

Peter was born and grew up in Massachusetts, but his heart was always in ski country. When Peter and Kay met in 1968, he took her to ski Tuckerman’s Ravine. Peter called out from the top of Hillman’s Hiway, ‘Here I come!’ Then he jumped over her as he sped down the trail. 

Peter and Kay bought Moose Mountain Lodge in 1975. Peter greeted guests, led ski trips, stoked fires, hauled cars out of snow banks and made hundreds of people feel at home. Cross-country skiers, hikers and bikers came back year after year until they retired in 2011.

Peter loved the woods. Prior to moving to Etna, Peter was in the wholesale lumber business for twenty years. He worked in Idaho, fighting forest fires, one summer during college. He and Kay bought and actively managed a 300+-acre wood lot on Moose Mountain. Last year, they arranged a permanent conservation easement of the Shumway Forest for future generations to enjoy. 

Peter’s love of family cast a wide net: Thanksgivings at the Lodge grew to more than 50 people, with skiing, ping-pong, singing, beer slide and bonfires all part of the celebration. 

Peter graduated from Boston University in 1957. He began his college years at the University of Maine and spent two years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. Havana was the most exotic port he visited.

Peter and Kay have five children in their blended family. Peter’s children - Krysia Estrada (Lebanon, N.H.) and Peter Warren Shumway (Bow, N.H.) adored him. Kay’s children – Chris Crowley (Vancouver, Wash.), Tim Crowley (Blue Hill, ME) and Ranie Pearce (Orinda, Calif.) loved him as a father and inspiration for their lives. Peter’s eleven grandchildren all held Peter dear.

The family plans a Celebration of Life this summer. An online guestbook is available to leave Peter’s family a message of condolence by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com.