Conrad W Schaefer

December 31, 1936December 27, 2012


Conrad W. Schaefer, 75 years old, a long-time resident of North Palm Beach, Florida and Beaver Creek, Colorado, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, December 27, 2012 following a battle with leukemia.

The son of the late Conrad Walter and Viola B. Schaefer, he was born in 1936 in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Florida in 1947.

He graduated from Palm Beach High School, class of 1954, from Palm Beach Junior College and The University of Florida in 1960 where he received a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering.

Mr. Schaefer began his civil engineering career with Boeing Aircraft in Seattle, Washington from 1960 -1962 and earned his Professional Engineering designation in 1964. He worked as a civil engineer for Hutcheon Engineers from 1962-1965 and was the Assistant Engineer for Palm Beach County.

In 1969, he founded and served as chairman of the board of Conrad W. Schaefer, Consulting Engineers which later became Schaefer Fagan & Associates.

Mr. Schaefer was a member and an active part of The Economic Council of Palm Beach County, on the board of numerous local banks and a major contributor to the development of Palm Beach County. He was also chairman of the board of directors from 1986-1988 of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. He was a member of the Lost Tree Club.

Conrad was an avid sports fisherman and yachtsman. He was a great fan of the University of Florida Gators and the Miami Dolphins. He maintained a lifelong love of gardening and art. Conrad was a true friend and mentor who will be missed by all he touched.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 47 years, Gretchen Schaefer; daughter, Erika Sousa and her husband John of North Palm Beach, FL; son Conrad B. Schaefer of Malibu, CA; grandchildren, Bennett, Gretchen and Whitney Sousa of North Palm Beach, FL and sister, Linda A. Cooper and her husband David of North Palm Beach, FL.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 30th from 6-8 p.m. at Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center in Jupiter. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Monday, December 31st at 10 a.m. with Dr. Kenneth Mahanes of Lost Tree Chapel officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Memorial Park in Tequesta. Aycock-Riverside Funeral and Cremation Center is located 2.5 miles north of Donald Ross Road and 1 mile south of Indiantown Road on the west side of Military Trail.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are asked to consider C.A.R.P. at or by mail at 5410 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or The 211 Crisis Line at or by mail at P.O. Box 3588, Lantana, FL 33465.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 31, 2012

Conrad W Schaefer

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January 3, 2013

Gretchen and family,

So sorry to hear about Conrad's passing, he was a wonderful man and had such a great wit. I enjoyed our times with you both and will keep you all in my prayers.


Jim Marzano

Barbara PARKER

January 2, 2013

Dear Gretchen, Erica, and CB. I am so sorry to hear of Conrad's passing. My memories of him are how he filled a room with his size and larger than life personality; also remembering our hanging around together when we were single. What fun we had! I will miss him.

January 1, 2013

Gretchen I'm so sorry to hear about Conrad. Your in my prayers. Margie Clark

December 31, 2012

Linda and Family,
We were sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We send our deepest sympathy.
Pat & Glenn Calvert

Frank Richert

December 31, 2012

Class and fishing mate with a great guy.

Eleanor Lowe

December 31, 2012

So very sorry Gretchen, you have my deepest sympathy.

December 31, 2012

The Commodore will always be with us. So many happy memories. Susie and Bud Fruehauf

Mildred Gruner

December 30, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

December 29, 2012

Gretchen and Family,
We are so truly sorry for your loss, Conrad was such a wonderful strong man, he will be missed by all.
Steve and Linda Balogh

sandy and bill meyer

December 29, 2012

Dear Gretchen and family, Yesterday was our 1st day back in town, we are so sad about Conrad and we send our love and , thoughts and prayers. We will see you soon with heavy hearts but full of memories from our decades of friendship.
Fondly, Sandy and Bill