OBITUARY

Tom Shaffer

August 3, 1941January 5, 2019
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Thomas “Tom” H. Shaffer, 77, of Tampa, passed away on January 5, 2019.

Growing up in western Pennsylvania, Tom learned the values of being a strong family man and an active church member. He graduated from Reynoldsville High School and furthered his education at Pennsylvania State University. There, he pitched for the Nittany Lion baseball team earned a B.S. in civil engineering. His distinguished career spanned 45 years designing roads and bridges in Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas. The respect that he earned from his peers was only overshadowed by the love from his family. A devout husband and father, Tom always put his family first; church, board games, family card games, sporting events, coaching, friends and gatherings. His sense of humor could always brighten a room, loved to golf and was an avid Penn State alumnus…Go State.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Betty Shaffer; brother, Dennis Shaffer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jackie Shaffer; children, Debbie (Todd) Lazar, Bill (Liz) Shaffer, Carolyn (Dave) Westlake; brothers, Ron (Donna) Shaffer and Don (Jane) Shaffer; sister-in-law, Barb Doeringer; grandchildren, Maxim (Lacey) Lazar, Ashley Westlake, Tommy Shaffer, Franklin Westlake, Robbie Shaffer, Nick Shaffer, Joshua Westlake; many cousins, nieces, nephews and an aunt.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 10th from 2pm to 4pm with a service at 4pm at Blount and Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Tom is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Betty Shaffer; brother, Dennis Shaffer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jackie Shaffer; children, Debbie (Todd) Lazar, Bill (Liz) Shaffer, Carolyn (Dave) Westlake; brothers, Ron (Donna) Shaffer and Don (Jane) Shaffer; sister-in-law, Barb Doeringer; grandchildren, Maxim (Lacey) Lazar, Ashley Westlake, Tommy Shaffer, Franklin Westlake, Robbie Shaffer, Nick Shaffer, Joshua Westlake; many cousins, nieces, nephews and an aunt.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Maxim Lazar
  • Ashley Westlake
  • Tommy Shaffer
  • Franklin Westlake
  • Robbie Shaffer
  • Nick Shaffer
  • Joshua Westlake
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimers Association
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
REMEMBERING

Tom Shaffer

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Deb Westlake

January 7, 2019

Dear Jackie, Bill, Debbie, Carolyn, extended family, and friends,

I remember how kind Tom was to me when I consulted with PBS&J. He always had a smile for me and words of encouragement. We talked business and had laughs about stereotypes of personalities-engineers, accountants, sales, trainers. You know he was an engineer and I was in sales. LOL. He had a quick wit, was a professional, with true warmth, and a great example. I remember his grandchildren's stories of their fondness for swimming at the pool with their grandfather. I , especially , remember Tom's big smile, especially, in photos, when he was around his family. He raised loving children; who all know the meaning of hard work and true love. I know he will be missed, but he taught, his family and others, that he (we)will live forever, and all will be together again.

Big hugs, with love, Deb (Carolyn's sister-in-law)

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