George E. "Sumo" Schultheiss

Born: Wed., Jun. 21, 2017
Died: Sun., Feb. 12, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Feb. 15, 2017
Location: Jackman Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Feb. 16, 2017
Location: St. Denis Church

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Douglas – George E. “Sumo” Schultheiss, 56, passed away on Sun. Feb. 12, 2017 at RI Hosp. after being stricken ill.  
     He is survived by his wife and love of his life of 18 years, Linda S. (Bryda) Schultheiss; his two daughters Laurel M. and Marlee R. Schultheiss; his brother Arthur H. Schultheiss of Doylestown, PA; 3 sisters Patricia M. Pattison and her husband Keith of Fort Worth, TX, Elizabeth J. Schultheiss of Saratoga Springs, NY, Dorothy M. “Dolly” Stadelmann and her husband Paul of Cincinatti, OH; nieces and nephews, Cole, Ethan, Christine, Stephanie, Julianne, A.J., Keith, Danny, Katie, Ellie, and Luke; many dear friends; and his beloved dogs.  Born in New York, NY on June 21, 1960 he was the son of the late Arthur J. and Dorothy M. (Craven) Schultheiss and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in New York.  
     Sumo was a graduate of WPI, class of 1983, earning his Mechanical Engineering degree.  He went on to work for the Dept. of Defense at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick in the Ballistic Protection Dept. engineering and designing protective gear, armored vehicles, and shelters.  George was a fun-loving, outgoing, friendly person and loved life to the fullest.  Music being his passion, he attended countless Grateful Dead concerts and played the bass guitar in his own band.  He also enjoyed fresh water fishing and was an avid golfer, hoping to teach the game in his later years.
     His funeral will be held from Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas on Thurs. Feb. 16 with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Denis Church, 23 Manchaug St.  Cremation will follow.  Calling hours at the funeral home will be held on Wed. Feb. 15 from 4 – 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Dr., Suite 202, Cambridge, MA  02140.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit

Charitable donations may be made in George's memory to the following organization:

Wounded Warrior Project
150 Cambridge Park Dr., Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140.

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richard furlong
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
I have known George aka Sumo since I met his older brother Arthur when we were 8 years old. George taught people by his actions and words the gifts of kindness, generosity and compassion. To the Schultheiss family I offers my deepest condolences. And to Sumo, we know you are still and always will be "playing in the band". Carry on dear friend.

Robin & Randy
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
Although I did not know Sumo very well I am dear friends with his sister Liz. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I pray that God would send his peace that passes all understanding to you all.

Claudia Behonick
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
Please know that our hearts are breaking for you all. Our condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We are sending much love to you. Claudia, Brian and Ethel.

Terry, Jim & Jonathan Adams
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
Our deepest condolences for your tremendous loss. George was a wonderful, friendly, generous, fun man who will be greatly missed by many. He loved his family so much. May you be comforted by that love and wonderful memories of your treasured times together.

John Bertolet
   Posted Mon February 13, 2017
I am so glad to have had George in my life, and so sad to say goodbye to him that words cannot express. I will try to pick up and carry on at least a small fraction of his kindness, generosity and consideration for others. We can take some solace in knowing that he is with his Mom, Dad, and Cousin Bob now. Love, John

Don & Anne Sowerbutts
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your husband/dad. George was a wonderful, caring individual. He spoke with such joy of his wife & girls. He will be missed here at Natick Labs. Our hearts are broken for you.

Dave Sullivan
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
George, a person I can call a true friend. Either of us could pick up the phone at any time and whatever the question or the task we would stop what we were doing and try to make it happen. George will be fishing and golfing with cousin Bob now so he won't be alone. I will miss you my friend. My sympathy's go out to the family.

Tom and Caroline Fitzpatrick
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are heartbroken for you and your family. George touched so many lives, and always tried to leave people with a reason to smile. Dear neighbor, we will miss you.
The Fitzpatrick Family

Bill Letourneau
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. George was a dear friend, at work and again long after my retirement. We always managed to get together on the golf course. We will all miss that gentle, easy going attitude at work and at play!
R.I.P. Sumo!

Joe McEntire
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
We are sorry to learn about George and your loss. I've known George for well over 25 years through our common helmet development work. He was always a pleasure to work with and a friend. He will be missed by his friends at Fort Rucker Alabama. Our Soldiers lost a great advocate! He will be missed. Joe Mc.

Melanie Gaucher
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
I am the school nurse at Douglas High School and have come to know Laurel this year. I want to express my deepest condolences. I send many prayers and sympathies and will keep your family in my thoughts.

david gillespie
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017


Suzanne Cobb
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
My condolences to the family of George Schultheiss. I did not know him but I know he was well loved by his sister Liz and family. Sorry for your loss. God bless!

The Meizen Family
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
So sorry to hear of George's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Bob wadja
   Posted Tue February 14, 2017
So sorry to hear this news about George, we were in sigma pi fraternity at WPI together and he was part of our close group enjoying Dead and Floyd music while working hard to learn engineering. Rest in peace George, condolences to his family...time passes to fast.

Bob W.

Dave Gillespie
   Posted Wed February 15, 2017
I’m so sorry for your loss.

I first met George in 1978. He and Bert were my next-door neighbors in the Stoddard dorms at WPI. I recall being required to listen to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” on a continuous loop for a couple of months, but I’m happy to say, over time, George became a deadhead we could all be proud of. I moved away, and I lost track of George and the gang for several years. I returned a couple of years ago and like friends do, we just picked up where we left off. In the intervening years George had become an accomplished musician and golfer (not usually things you say in the same sentence). The thing I remember best about him was his almost childlike enthusiasm for simple things: a shot well-made, a song well played. He didn’t have a sarcastic or cynical bone in his body. They say your friends reflect back to you the qualities you wish you could see in yourself. That was certainly how I saw George.

Fare you well, I love you more than words can tell……..

The Lyford Family
   Posted Wed February 15, 2017
Very saddened to learn of Georges passing. Our hearts, thoughts, and parayers are with you and your family.

Ken Beyer
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
George, You were a very special part of our WPI & Sigma Pi class, and while I have thought of you often, now deeply regret all the time that has somehow passed since our last fellowship, condolences to all, rest well my friend, Tex.

Doug & Kelly Towart
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
Our heartfelt condolences to all. Similar to Dave and Bert, we met as Freshman in 1982 at WPI. Though I missed a lot of Jones Brothers reunions I did get to golf, play music, and see the Dead with George. All great memories of a wonderful man. We have those memories forever.

Brian Surette
   Posted Thu February 16, 2017
My condolences to Linda, Laurel, and Marlee. George and I had many fun times together when I lived down in Douglas. He was always quick with a smile and made you feel as a special guest when you visited him. He will be missed.

Carol Fitzgerald
   Posted Sun February 19, 2017
I was so saddened to hear about Big George passing away. I worked with him at Natick years ago--he was the "helmet guy" on the SIPE program team, and was always a bright spot on the team. I saw him a few years ago while visiting Natick, and he spoke glowingly about his family. I send my deepest condolences to you all--it is the hardest thing in the world to deal with such a sudden and huge loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Peter Ciuffetti
   Posted Mon February 20, 2017
My condolences to all touched by George.

You will be missed Bro', you always welcomed me and made me want to play better at those jams at Jack's. Say hi to Gerry... Im sure you're right at the front, closer than I ever got...that's for sure!

Melisa Gillis
   Posted Tue February 21, 2017
My heartfelt sympathies to all of George's family and friends. I had the distinct honor and privilege to work with George for several years while consulting at NSRDEC and loved his warmth, wit and deep thoughtfulness when it came to his work. He was a joy to work, laugh and learn with throughout my time. My prayers for strength and love go out to everyone who knew him. While I hadn't worked with him in a while, he is in my thoughts occasionally and he will continue to live on in my memories.

Henry Girolamo
   Posted Sun February 26, 2017
I was very sorry to hear about George. George was one of the first people I met when I came to Natick in 1989. I was beginning to work on a Soldier Helmet project and George was the person that was most helpful to me as the new employee. I have interacted many times through my 28 years with George and we have travelled together in the recent past. George was the friendly person, who always had good things to say about everyone, a jovial laugh and a friend to all who needed his partnering on our Soldier efforts and more. It was a sad email to read seeing that our friend had passed. Natick will not be the same without George. God Bless George Schultheiss. He will forever be remembered by me since my first days on the job. Henry Girolamo

Whitinsville Fish & Game Club
   Posted Tue March 07, 2017
From all of us at the Club, please accept our condolences.
We will miss George very much.

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