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Shaffer, Edwin G.

February 26, 2014 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

Edwin G. Shaffer, 91, of Cheshire entered into rest on Friday, February 21, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. He was the devoted husband of June Langdon Shaffer and had been a Cheshire resident for 57 years. Ed was born on June 16, 1922 in Matamoras, Pa., son of the late Gaylon W. and Sophia Kesting Shaffer.

Ed graduated from Matamoras High School and soon after moved to Connecticut and worked up until he was drafted in 1943 into the U.S. Army, HQ Division G, 771st Anti Tank Battalion. He served at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe, and spent his last day of active duty in Austria on December 2, 1945. After serving his country with pride and honor, he returned to Pennsylvania and attended Hempel’s Diesel Mechanic School in New York City. In 1947, he met the love of his life, June. After school, Ed returned to Connecticut and gained employment with H.O. Penn, in Newington, where he worked as an on-the-road heavy-duty equipment diesel mechanic. At the time, June still lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., so she and Ed carried out a “long distance romance.” On November 1, 1952, they were married and moved to Hartford, and in 1957 relocated to Cheshire and started their family. Ed, June, and their boys loved to go camping during the summers.

He was a member of the Union Local 478 in Hamden, the IUOE (International Union of Operating Engineers), and the Cheshire Lutheran Church. He retired in 1992, but soon took a part-time job with the Town of Cheshire as a bus driver for the Senior Center and later the Superintendent.  While semi-retired, he and June would spend three winter months a year in their travel trailer in Florida. In 2010 Ed retired from the town at the age of 88.

Besides his loving wife, June, Ed is survived by his sons, Paul Shaffer of Cheshire and Thomas Shaffer and his wife Mandi of Henderson, Nev.; his cherished granddaughter, Paige Shaffer of Henderson, Nev.; and many nieces and nephews in Pennsylvania, Long Island and New York. He was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Danielle Shaffer.

A Graveside Service with full Military Honors for Edwin will be private and at the convenience of his family, at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Middletown. There are no calling hours. At the request of his family, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Alderson Funeral Home of Cheshire has been entrusted with his arrangements. To view these arrangements online, leave condolences for the family or share a story please, visit www.alderson

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