Surry George Shaffer III

May 16, 1951August 6, 2019

The story of Surry George Shaffer, III began on May 16, 1951, in Dallas, Texas. He was born to the union of his parents, Surry G. Shaffer, Jr. and Dorothy Shaver Shaffer (Dori). After graduating in 1969, from Highland Park High School in Dallas, TX, Surry went on to further his education at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Upon returning to Dallas, he attended and graduated from The University of Texas/ Arlington.

For 28 years, Surry enjoyed his career as a Broker in the insurance business, working with Ragland, Strother, and Lafitte, an insurance company in Dallas. In addition to handling commercial accounts, he specialized in Entertainment insurance. He was able to meet many varied and interesting people in the field of television, movies, and production, and frequently told great stories about his experiences. He truly liked what he did for a living, which is a blessing. Surry lived his life in service to others. He was a past Boy Scout troop leader, past president of the Dallas Founders Lions’ Club, and flew Angel Flights taking sick children and adults to and from hospitals. He was actively involved with Challenge Air and would provide a plane and his services as a pilot to give the “gift of flight” to children with special needs. Surry also enjoyed being a flight instructor over the last decade. He was a member and past vice president of the RFC Dallas Flying Club.

In his spare time, Surry enjoyed flying, reading, traveling, being around his family, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and experiencing new things in life. Surry was the one we went to for family advice. He was always a calm source to help us through family issues. Surry helped many in his community and in Dallas, with aid to recovery from addiction. Surry smiled easily and often, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. When he laughed so hard he giggled and shook, the rest of the room would have to laugh too. Those are the best memories. Surry was a kind, loving, sweet, intelligent, and compassionate brother, son, husband, father, and friend.

Surry suddenly and unexpectedly, passed away on August 6, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother-in-law, Bernard Smink (husband of Sallie). He is survived by his sons, Matthew Shaffer and Aaron Shaffer and wife, Jennifer; grandchildren, Cullen Shaffer, Lillian Shaffer, Violet Shaffer and Maddy Shaffer; sisters, Sallie Shaffer Moss and De Shaffer, and brother, Ben Shaffer and wife Marcille.

Surry was loved by many and he will be missed by many. Rest in Peace, sweet Surry…


27 August

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Grove Hill Funeral Home

3920 Samuell Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75228


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Bruce Tyler

August 21, 2019

Ben, Marcille, Dee, and Sallie:

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this tumultuous time. I truly hope you find peace and joy remembering the years with Surry.


Robert Palmer

August 21, 2019

We knew Surry from the Flight Instruction community on Addison Airport. The staff of Professional Aviation Resources offers our deepest sympathy for your loss.

Michael Devous

August 21, 2019

Surry was one of my best friends. We did a lot of flying together, and over the years owned 3 airplanes together with our Addison Flyers colleagues. I loved flying Angel Flight and Challenge Air missions with him - it was often as if we were one pilot sharing two jobs. We had a lot of fun flying and otherwise, and enjoyed a very close friendship. I will miss him terribly. I shared a poem that pilots love on Facebook, and will reproduce it here.
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds -
and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of -
wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence.
Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along
and flung my eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,
where never lark, or even eagle, flew;
and, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
the high untrespassed sanctity of space,
put out my hand and touched the face of God."

Rest in Peace brother. You brought much joy to so many and will always be an empty space in our lives.

Ann Jacobus Kordahl

August 21, 2019

We knew Surry through my sister Lacy Jacobus and enjoyed visits with them in San Francisco, and Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, as well as Dallas, over the last six years. We were so grateful to him for the long friendship, support, and kindness he provided Lacy through the difficult death of her daughter, our niece, Ariana. We admired his great work with the Boy Scouts as well as his passion for flying and volunteering his time and expertise to help others. Here's a photo of Surry and Lacy with a recovered Angel Flight patient they transported who found "Captain" Shaffer to thank him. Sincerest condolences to all of the Shaffer family on your great loss.

David Seaman

August 21, 2019

I will miss Surry - he was one of my favourite customers! I had worked with him on Entertainment business since arriving in the US in the late '90s and loved consulting with him, even on accounts that he gave to other underwriters! Funny, smart and always interesting, he will be sorely missed!

Stevie Chaddick

August 20, 2019

Sally, Ben, and very sad to hear about Surry's untimely death. We had some wondrful times and memories together growing up acorss the street on Byrn Mawr from one another. I can still hear Dori's laugh and Big Surry taking us to the lake. Surry was always quck witted and so fun to be aorund...thining of you all.
Stevie Smith Chaddick

Diane Cody Roberts

August 20, 2019

I am saddened to hear of Surry’s transition to Heaven. I know you all will miss him.

When the Cody family arrived in Highland Park schools from England, I was greeted kindly by Surry.

He was also connected with my brother Rick through the Boy Scout troop and I continued to have very fond memories of Surry in high school.

Surry, Hug my son , Mark , as you join him in heaven. Fly High Like the Eagles 🦅

Cyd (Smith) Martin

August 20, 2019

I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. I feel I’ve lost another big brother from Bryn you all and am here for you always.

Gary Largent

August 20, 2019

Surry was my roommate freshman year at Westminster college in Fulton Mo. 1969. We were in the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Surry was at Westminster our freshman year. We hung out a lot. He was the coolest.

We lost touch for many years, but were able to reconnect about 8 years ago and had open invitations to visit if I was in Dallas area or if he was in or near Detroit.

Very sorry for your loss. Gary Largent 248-252-5700 791 Woodfield way Rochester Hills, Mi 48307.

Deborah Berger

August 19, 2019

Thinking of you....Time NEVER steals the treasures we carry in our hearts. Our sympathy in your loss, Ron and Deborah Berger