Richard A. Schaffer, 86, of Norwich, died Wednesday June 5, 2019 at his residence. Rich was born October 28, 1932 in New London, Ohio to Frank and Alice Martin Schaffer. He was one of twelve children. He married the former Shirley O’Donnell on July 14, 1953, she preceded him in death on January 15, 1999.
He served in the US Navy on the USS Fulton and worked as a commercial truck driver for Yellow Freight and later works for the Coppers at New England Restorations.
Richard was an outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish or to just drive listening to country and oldies music while looking for yard sales with his wife.
Survived by Daughters: Kathleen Kalinay and her husband Dennis of Jacksonville, FL, Patricia Anderson and her husband Roy of Norwich CT; Grandchildren: Lori Varella, Raymond Varella, Chad Schaffer, Carrie Schaffer, LaTasha Patrick, LaTrice Patrick; Great Grandchildren: Ethan Verella, Brittany Schaffer, Demani Schaffer, Hayden Schaffer, Madasyn Schaffer, Ryan Schaffer, Byanna Shealey, Jalen Bryant, Khaleel Bryant, TaTiana Bryant and Xamir Patrick.
two sisters: Pauline Mills and Betty Young.
Besides his wife Shirley, he was preceded in death by daughter Janet Lee Schaffer
Visitation 10:00am – 11:00am Monday June 10, 2019 with Funeral Services starting after visitation at 11:00AM at the Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington Street, New London. Burial with Military Honors, at Maplewood Cemetery in Norwich.