BDE: Chuck Schumer’s Father, Abe, Passes Away at 98

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives as senators convene for a rare weekend session to continue work on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Abe Schumer, the father of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, has passed away at the age of 98.

Abe, a WW2 veteran who served in the Pacific theaterz worked as an exterminator in Brooklyn, and along with his wife, raised three children, the oldest of whom is Charles “Chuck.”

“In so many ways—he personified the greatest generation,” Chuck Schumer said in a tweeted statement. “He took whatever was thrown at him no matter how difficult, did his job, never complained. An amazing husband, parent, grandparent, great-grandparent. We love him & will miss him.”

Chuck Schumer along with his two younger siblings
A young Abe Schumer

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  1. To ujm, arizona and ChaimTovim: Where in Torah does it require or permit you to say something nasty about a man whose father just died? If you don’t like Chuck or his politics, you have plenty of time to say so, but maybe you should wait a while.

  2. Arizona: No. One can have a disagreement with a politician yet have the midos and kavod hames to keep one’s mouth shut, especially when the niftar hasn’t yet been buried. Apparently, civility is not something you subscribe to. For one losing a parent, whether 78 or 98 is irrelevant. Its still a parent.

  3. Arizona: Just as there is a concept of not comforting a person while his dead relative lays unburied in front of him, so too there is a concept of not besmirching someone’s name while they are grieving a fresh loss. Common sense is being sensitive, even to someone whose political views and opinions clash luridly with your own, (Unfortunately, you seem to be sorely lacking that common sense. Come on- “Get a life?!” We are LITERALLY discussing someone who passed away!
    Side point- many times, the longer someone lives, the more people close to him think, oh, he’ll be around forever… making the loss that much more jarring. It’s not for us to judge the “painful-ness” of someone else’s loss, as Gadolhadorah pointed out.
    Furthermore, when a person is niftar, hespedim are said to “escort” the neshama to its Judgement. When we talk about all the good things the niftar did and how special he was, that is mazkir their zechusim Up There. Mr. Schumer is no longer with us. You do not stand to gain political ground by saying LH about him or his chinuch of his children. He was a Yid who has now ascended to the Beis Din shel Maalah, and chesed shel emes would be finding something good to say about him. Otherwise, as we say in English, “If you have nothing good to say, say nothing.”
    I simply don’t understand those who are using this as a launchpad for MORE political character bashing.

  4. Arizona: You are welcome to join the thousands who are thinking that thought in the privacy of their minds and homes. Please do not “say the quiet part out loud” and post such callous and unthinking comments on a thread that was announcing the petirah of a Yid. There are other threads on which to post this kind of garbage.
    Where is your Yiddishe hartz? Would you walk into the shivah house and say such things? I should hope not. If the answer is yes, we have greater problems to worry about than just your Yiddishe hartz… (and I would encourage your unfortunate family members to go to therapy immediately!)
    If you really feel so badly that his chinuch failed and his neshama is not in a comfortable spot in Heaven right now, you are welcome to say mishnayos or tehillim for his aliyas neshama. It’s not assur!