The sailing community suffered a great loss with the sudden passing of Dave Shaffer. Dave contributed countless hours of race committee work throughout the USA. Most notably, Dave served as PRO for many of the largest One Design events held at his home club of North Cape Yacht Club, including the 2011 Lightning North Americans. He's served dozens of classes, clubs and organizations. We will greatly miss his compassion, professionalism and most of all friendship. - Craig Koschalk, Fleet 216 MI District.
David LeRoyd Shaffer, age 70, passed away peacefully at his home in Toledo on May 11, 2012. David was born August 11, 1941 in Marion, OH to M. LeRoyd and Ethel Shaffer. He was a 1959 graduate of Mt. Gilead High School and graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1964 where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity.
Dave was an honorary member of Jolly Roger Sailing Club where he was Commodore in 1987. He has been a member of North Cape Yacht Club since the mid 1980's and St. Petersburg Yacht Club (FL). He was Commodore of Inter-Lake Yachting Association in 1990. He was selected as I-LYA Man of the Year in 2001. He was the I-LYA delegate to the U.S. Sailing Association. He was a U.S. Sailing Certified National Race Officer and a Certified Senior Judge.
Before he retired, Dave worked for Bellevue City Schools, the University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo Health Plan, and Greiner Sails.
Dave was predeceased by his parents, M.LeRoyd and Ethel Dilger Shaffer. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Barbara (nee McElhaney); their sons, John (Patricia) Shaffer of Toledo and Christopher (Katherine) Shaffer of Lexington, MI; and his grandchildren, Bailey, Ragan, Jordan, Dalan, Tate, Zach, Nick, Brendon, Chloe, and Christopher. His sister, Sandra (Russell) Hamilton of Middleburg, FL, and sisters-in-law, Marilyn Emery and Marcia (Neil) Davis of Warren, OH, also survive.
Visitation will be held at the Walker Funeral Home located at 5155 Sylvania, Ave. Toledo, OH 43623 on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 from 2PM to 8PM. There will be a funeral service held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Cape Sailing School, 11850 Toledo Beach Road, Lasalle, MI 48145; I-LYA Yachtsmen's Fund, 18705 Mt. Pleasant Dr., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551.