Fairlawn Mortuary

180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA


David V. Schaffer

October 20, 1934May 26, 2019

David V. Schaffer of Fairhaven, MA passed away at Rhode Island Hospital on Sunday, May 26, 2019 after an accident last Wednesday. Born on October 20, 1934, he was the husband of Ruth (Burdick) Schaffer with whom he shared 58 years of marriage. He was the son of the late Carl R. and Lena M. (Ahlstorm) Schaffer. David was a graduate of Gardner High School, Boston University and Bethel Seminary. He pastored churches in CT and MA, including Elim Baptist Church in New Bedford from 1960-1987. In 1987, he became a Chaplain with Community Chaplain Service and served in local nursing homes, having served as Director for 5 years before retiring in 2014. He was a member of the Dartmouth Bible Church and a committed servant of the Lord Jesus Christ.

David was an avid reader; he loved to walk and taught conversational English at the library of the Dartmouth Bible Church. He took great pride in his loving family.

Survivors include his wife, his son, Mark Schaffer and his wife Debbie of Lorton, VA, his daughter, Chanelle Elizabeth Schaffer of St. Thomas, VI and several cousins.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 4-8pm at the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11am at Dartmouth Bible Church, 52 Morton Avenue, Dartmouth. Burial is private. Memorial donations may be made to Dartmouth Bible Church, 52 Morton Ave, Dartmouth, MA 02747 or Community Chaplain Services, PO Box 117, Foxboro, MA 02035. For tributes/directions: www.waring-sullivan.com



  • Visitation Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019


  • Burial Private


David V. Schaffer

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July 1, 2019

Dear David,
We are grateful to have known you, if only for a while.
Our memories of you and our love will last for a lifetime.

Andjelija and Milan

Rev. Dr. Christopher Drew

June 2, 2019

So saddened to hear of David's passing, especially so tragically. We were colleagues in New Bedford. I was at South Baptist for 12 years. When I prepared to leave to go to church in North Adams I got a note from David saying, "I know where you candidated Sunday, but I won't tell anyone." His Aunt was a member of the North Adams church and while we were there had the pleasure of seeing David and Ruth when they visited. He was a fine person and excellent pastor.
My prayers are with you all.

Laura Despres

June 2, 2019

Rev. Schaffer walking down the hallway of Our Lady's Haven smiling and waving to residents and staff. His quite gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

Dorothy Cox

May 31, 2019

David was a Great man and will truly be missed

Merryl Havens

May 31, 2019

David & Ruth spoke at my church in Attleboro back in the early 1980 sharing CCS ministry and my late husband Chaplain Andy Chabot. We immediately joined in supporting Christ's work thru CCS . He always shared Christ with all he met in both word and actions. May our loving Lord bless his family and all people David touched. 🙏
Merryl Havens

Nicole Pacheco

May 30, 2019

We are lucky to be neighbors of Ruth and David and are absolutely heartbroken to hear of his passing. They were the first of our neighbors to welcome us to our new home nearly 10 years ago. My oldest daughter shared one of her favorite memories with me and immediately I remembered that day and it warmed my heart to recall us sharing it together. It was the total solar eclipse during the summer of 2017 when I was outside with my Mom and the girls looking up at the sun with our tiny eclipse glasses. Ruth and David came outside as well and were so excited to share that moment with us, all staring up at this amazing celestial event together, all in awe of the sky. Every time there’s another eclipse, we’ll be thinking of our dear friend and neighbor David and wonder how amazing his view must be up where he is. Reverend Schaffer lived an extraordinary life and his kindness has been felt by many in the community. We will be keeping Ruth and their family in our hearts and our prayers.

Terrence Cripps

May 30, 2019

We didn't know him by name but he was always very pleasant to us. He would walk down our street almost everyday on his way to the post office (Rain or shine). He would always greet us with a hello and a smile. We are very sorry for your loss. The Cripps family on Mulberry Street.

Walter Dryer

May 30, 2019

David, along with wife Ruth, were in my mind the embodiment of Christlike service to the lost and lonely residents of the nursing homes they served, and also to the international young people they gave friendship, encouragement, and the Gospel. We too have been blest by their friendship and care, will miss David, looking forward now to Ruth's carrying on, and our reunion above.

Sallie Wilson

May 30, 2019

So sorry not to be there to celebrate David's life. I will miss his warm smiles and greetings, his love for God's Word and his desire that others know His word and wonderful salvation. He was an example of perseverance even when the going was tough.

Steven Bouley

May 29, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing Rev. Schaffer for many years - mostly on a casual or social basis. What always impressed me about him was his wholesome character and kind demeanor. By his very nature, he always brought additional value and hopeful encouragement. When I think of Rev. David Schaffer, I think of Jesus. I believe that association pleases both of them and for Rev Schaffer - my highest compliment.