Schomin dedicated to improving recreational opportunities


This past week Escanaba lost one of its ordinary men who dedicated his life’s work to enhancing this community in so many ways. That loss was the passing of Tony Schomin, an ordinary who as the recreation director for the city of Escanaba from 1977 through 2005, had a profound impact on the recreational opportunities for the citizens of Escanaba.

I think we often forget that ordinary men often accomplish extraordinary feats and that was the case with Tony. His vision regarding recreational infrastructure and opportunities for Escanaba were the cornerstone of his career. Through his efforts as a grant writer, ability to foster positive relationships, and the development of coalitions at the local, state, and federal level he was able to transform our community’s recreational opportunities.

He was responsible for the transformation of the Escanaba Municipal Marina into a top shelf facility with new break walls, docking systems and harbor masters building. He also spurred the new small boat launches at Aronson Island and the Escanaba river.

His passion for the youth of this community inspired him to actively build, maintain and promote tennis courts, playgrounds, volleyball courts, cross country ski trails, soft/hard ball diamonds and bike paths to name a few.

Yes, it is true that ordinary men often achieve extraordinary feats as did Tony Shomin. It has been my pleasure and honor to have worked with Tony for over 30 years on some of these projects. Thank you, Tony, for putting your passion and thumb print on the city of Escanaba.

James R. Hansen


U.P. Representative

Michigan Waterways