Paul William Schaffer passed away February 2, 2024, with his family by his side at
Alamance Regional Medical Center in North Carolina, where he and his wife, Joan, were
spending the winter with their daughter. He was 79 years old. A memorial celebration in
Fair Haven, NY, will be scheduled in late spring, and his remains will eventually be laid
to rest in Springbook Cemetery.
Born in Auburn, NY, on November 9, 1944, to Geraldine and Randolph Schaffer, Paul
grew up in Fair Haven and graduated from Red Creek High School in 1962. He served as
an aircraft instrument technician in the Air Force at the Spangdahlem Air Base in
Germany and Wheelus Air Base in Libya from January 2, 1963, until his honorable
discharge on December 23, 1966.
Paul completed one year of college at Auburn Community College before going to work
at Xerox, where he became a tool and die maker and then a model maker. He worked at
Xerox for 32 years. He then retired and then spent 20 winters in Florida, where he and
his wife made many wonderful friends.
Paul married into a family of 12 that kept him entertained for years. Joan had already
claimed him as her husband-to-be at the age of 13. He was clueless then, but he
eventually learned to appreciate his fate. Paul and Joan had two children, Rebecca (born
in 1972) and Brad (born in 1973), and Paul was a generous, patient, and doting father.
He loved children and enjoyed making them laugh. He was reciting limericks and jokes
to the very end.
Endlessly curious, Paul enjoyed disassembling things to see what made them tick, from
his sister’s talking doll, his family’s first color TV, and hundreds of clocks and electronics
bought at yard sales across New York to the many IVs, breathing aids, and other devices
that enabled him to reach the age of 79. He also believed in the healing powers of duct
Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years Joan Schaffer, daughter Rebecca Schaffer, son
Kenneth Bradley Schaffer and his wife Kristina Schaffer, sister Sharon Wheeler,
half-brother Billy McIntyre and his wife Peggy, and numerous nieces and nephews. He
will live on in our memories as the witty, loving, and wonderful man he was.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Rochester Regional Hospital in memory of Paul
Schaffer to support others in their time of need.
Checks should be mailed to:
Rochester Regional Health Foundations
Attn: Paul Schaffer Memorial
330 Monroe Avenue, Suite 400
Rochester, NY 14607
Or give online at https://www.rrhgive.org/giving.