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George R Shaffer, 82, of Pennsburg, PA, passed away on May 16th, 2023, in his home. Born in Richlandtown, PA, he was the son of the late H. Frederic Schaffer and Mildred Schaffer (Miller).
In his life, George Schaffer was many things...
As those closest to him know, George was a man of family: generous, resourceful, loyal, and steadfast in his love. He often seemed larger than life, going out of his way to ensure others were not only taken care of, but laughing and smiling the entire time.
A veteran carpenter, he built homes and additions for each of his children, making certain there was always a roof over their heads— as well as a cabin where the entire clan could gather around a campfire and create memories.
These acts of love are proof of George’s “work hard, play hard” attitude. Despite his busy schedule, George was an avid athlete and outdoorsman. His hunting and camping trips took him from the woods of Pennsylvania to the plateaus of Montana and even as far as the Arctic Circle. Closer to home, he was tough competition and a quick shot on the Sporting Clays course. And perhaps most famously, George was a force on the court with paddle in hand.
Many in the pickleball community knew him as PBK (“Pickle-Ball King”), acting as an unofficial ambassador for the sport in our area and establishing the Upper-Bucks PickleBall Club to share his passion. George credited Pickle-Ball with sustaining his health and mobility after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and believed it could provide a similar solace for others if given the opportunity.
Of course, this is not the only community work in which George was engaged. As a man of strong faith and a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, George was always looking to serve others. He often reminded those closest to him, “it’s not just about you,” and led by example when it came to doing for others. Whether it was a building project or a spur-of-the-moment adventure, you only needed to say the word and George would find a way to make it happen.
The family, friends, and community which survive George know these words cannot capture the magnitude of his life nor the depth of its impact, but hope they will serve as a reminder of the joy it provided to those who shared it with him.
George will be dearly missed by Marjorie, his wife of 63 years; his children, Kim, Pam (Eston), and Kerry; his grandchildren, Keith, Jeremy, Monica, Eston, Noah, Brady, and Hope; his great-grandchild, Arianna; and his sister, Mary.
You are invited to join the family on Sunday, May 21st, for a visitation from 2:00PM ~ 3:00PM, followed by a service beginning at 3:00PM, located at St. Johns UCC, 4 North Main Street, Richlandtown, PA, 18955. All arrangements are made by Naugle Funeral & Cremation Service, Ltd.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made In George’s name to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
2:00 - 3:00pm (Eastern time)
Sunday, May 21, 2023
3:00 - 4:00pm (Eastern time)
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