June 5, 1955 – July 30, 2017
John Shaffer went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 30. John was born on June 5, 1955, to John Shaffer and Nancy (Shaffer) McCarthy in Olean, New York. He graduated from Allegany Central School in 1973. He attended Northwood Institute in Midland, MI where he was an All-American Defensive Tackle. His passions were his Family, Football, Food and making people Smile. He unexpectedly passed away due to a heart attack on July 30th without a life insurance policy, leaving the memorial costs to his son's Sean and Shane, which both have growing families. If John has touched your life in a positive way, please honor him by making a manageable donation to this gofundme page or at the funeral home.
John was the life of the party; always in a good mood, and held a contagious smile on his face. He probably made you mad at some point, but also made you feel great about yourself with his golden heart or made friends with neighbors and strangers through sharing some of his delectible cooking. If you ever met John, you likely knew he was a rabid Buffalo Bills fan. Additionally, he greatly enjoyed cheering on his Granddaughter at softball games.
John David and his stories will be greatly missed but we know the celebration day with his dearly beloved ones is his ultimate homecoming. His love, strength and inappropriate sense of humor were unparalleled. Dear friend and family members know, he would always say goodbye with “I love you, honey.”
Friends may gather on Friday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m, with a celebration of life immediately following at 7 p.m. at Harper Funeral Home at 530 N Old State Rd 3, Avilla, IN 46710. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations to assist with services. Donations can be made directly to Harper Funeral Home or through this GoFundMe.com page.
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