- John Henry Shaefer, 70, went to be with his Lord on Friday, October 28, 2016, following a short illness. John was born on May 11, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY, to Henry and Vera (Raleigh) Shaefer.
He graduated from Port Jefferson High School in 1965. He married the love of his life, Gale Evan Keast, on April 6, 1968.
Besides his wife, John is survived by a son, Wade Shaefer and his wife, Rena, of Lincoln and Swans Island, Maine; and a daughter, Diane Gumprecht and her husband, Mark, of Swans Island, Maine; 8 grandchildren, Patrick, Rachel, Kathryn, Rebecca, Malia (Zechariah), Melissa, Raven and Lenai; a great-grandson, Gabriel' and special "family" Bruce, Amanda, Gabrielle and Kaitlyn Tilton. He was predeceased by his daughter, Tami Coffin.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, November 4, 2016, at 1 p.m. at the Mattawamkeag Church of God on Main Street in Mattawamkeag with the Pastor Mark York officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mattawamkeag Church of God or the charity of your choice.