George Shaffer

G. Clark Shaffer

Saturday April 10, 2021
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G. Clark Shaffer

Wilmington - G. Clark Shaffer, age 94, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Seasons Hospice.
Clark was born in Bloomsburg, PA where he was raised by his grandparents, George and Bertha Shaffer. He was the son of Clark W. and Sarah Schultz Shaffer.

Clark was a 1945 graduate of Bloomsburg High School where he was a member of the National Athletic Honor Society and also held the top scoring record on his varsity basketball team.

Clark was a proud WWII Veteran. During his senior year of high school he enlisted in the US Army Air Corp. After graduating in 1945, he was scheduled for pilot training in Florida, then with the war ending, was transferred to the US Army 5th Air Force in Japan as a member of the Occupation troops. When stationed in Tokyo, he was located next to Gen. MacArthur's HQ where on occasion he was assigned impromptu guard duty as the General exited the Dai-Ichi Building.

After honorable discharge, Clark played American Legion basketball, even playing in a fund-raising event with the Harlem Globetrotters. He was offered a basketball Scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was then offered both a basketball scholarship and a golf scholarship to Gettysburg College where he graduated with a BA in 1952.

Clark then relocated to Delaware where he had a position with Chrysler Corp, Newark DE as a purchasing agent. With the plant closing, he accepted an offer as Athletic Director and Math instructor at Ferris School for Boys for two years. He then entered the Red Clay Public School System where he accepted several teaching assignments before he retired in 1990.

Clark joined the Cavaliers Country Club in1962 where he remained a member until the club closing. He served as Golf Committee Chairman and was a member of the Board of Directors. until the Club closed. He carried a handicap of 2 for many years and had eleven documented Holes-in-One.

Clark enjoyed DIY projects, birdwatching, his dogs, foreign travels (especially his trip to Russia) and most of all his weekly golf trips with his Band of Golf Brothers.

Clark is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara (Kilfoil); a son, Clark G. Shaffer; daughter in law, Bonnie Shaffer; two granddaughters, Sarah Shaffer and Emily Golder (Chris) and three great grandchildren: Madison Prange, Logan and Wyatt Golder.

A private service at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery will be held at a later date,

Contributions in Clark's memory may be made to the Brandywine SPCA.

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Missy Bowden

Posted at 12:32am
Mr. Shaffer was my absolute favorite teacher. I had him in 4th grade at Heritage Elementary and have thought about him many times over the past 40+ years. He was tough, but fair.He even washes my mouth out with soap one day when I talked back - hahahahaa My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Francis E. Ryan Sr.

Posted at 10:44am
May I extend my condolences to the Family of Clark Shaffer.
I was the Principal of H.B.duPont Middle School when Clark taught Science there during the ten years before his retirement. The family must know that he was a dedicated teacher and patriot. He enjoyed working with kids and volunteered to go on the 7th Grade Three Day overnight educational trips to
Cape Henlopen yearly. I remember playing basketball against Clark years when we used to have school
faculty games in the former Stanton School District. He would "Take you to school on the court" with his "old school" two hand shot that was popular in his high school and college years. As for his "golf
talent" , you would not want to bet against him! To his family, I say that your Patriarch was a classy guy and "One of the Good Guys" that you meet in life.
RIP Clark.
Francis E. Ryan Sr.
Rest In Peace Clark.

Shauna Trower Posted at 10:01pm

I echo Mr. Ryan’s sentiments. Mr. Shaffer was always making his students laugh. I always tell the story about how in 6th grade when I came in class after getting new eyeglasses, Mr. Shaffer said “You know Shauna, boys don’t make passes on girls who wear glasses!” (I only wear contacts now!) I cherish my memories from my years at HB. Blessings and a big thank you to the Shaffer family for sharing your gift with us. Shauna Trower

Alicia Pilotta

Posted at 03:52pm
Rest Peacefully Mr. Shaffer. I know your hitting golf balls in Heaven!!

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