Edwin Shafer II

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Edwin Hampton Shafer II of Brackney, PA died peacefully in his home at Camp Susquehannock on February 15, 2014. He enjoyed over five decades as an educator and camp director.

Mr. Shafer was born in Montrose, in 1922 to George C. "King" Shafer, who founded Camp Susquehannock in 1905, and his wife Margaret Kaiser MacIntire of Philadelphia.

Ed Shafer grew up in the Philadelphia area and spent winters in Florida with his parents, and younger brother and sister. He was a graduate of The Haverford School, (Haverford, PA) Class of 1940 as well as Princeton University, (Princeton, NJ), Class of 1944, where he majored in History and was a member of the swimming team. At Princeton, Ed Shafer was also a member of Cloister Inn. In addition, Corporal Shafer proudly spent 18 months stationed in Italy during World War II in the 15th Army Air Force (451st Bomb Group.)

Ed Shafer came home and attended Columbia University Teachers College and received a Masters in Education in 1948. He went on to teach Middle School at Trinity School in New York City (1949-1952) and married his wife Margaret Anne Dexter of Westborough, Mass.

In 1959, along with his brother George, Ed Shafer followed his father in becoming the Director of Camp Susquehannock, a position that he then held until 2002. A pioneer in the field of children's summer camping, Shafer was a long time member of the Eastern Pennsylvania section of the American Camping Association, serving as a lead standards visitor for many years. He was also a member of the Camp Directors Roundtable group.

Ed Shafer and his wife Anne remained local residents, living at Camp Susquehannock on Tripp Lake. He served as a substitute teacher in his early years, and was a Director for the Montrose Area School Board. He also served with the Liberty Township Planning Commission and the Montrose Library Historical Society. Shafer was a Director on the Montrose Red Cross Board and was a life long member and a Director at The Montrose Country Club, which his father had helped to establish. Ed Shafer attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Montrose, serving on the Vestry and doing Diocesan committee work for the church.
Ed loved to travel and he and his wife Anne literally traveled the world. He also enjoyed swimming, tennis and golf and took up skiing at age 45. He was an avid sports fan, cheering for campers, grandchildren, any Princeton team possible or any professional game he could attend or get on television.

Ed Shafer is survived by his wife Anne of 61 years, his brother George C. Shafer, Jr., Bryn Mawr; and is predeceased by his sister Margaret Shafer Saunders, Chevy Chase, Md., and his son-in-law Burton R. Hihn, Holtwood.

He is also survived by his children: son, Edwin H. Shafer Jr., Haverford, and his wife Cannie C. Shafer and their children Frances G. Shafer, Blake B. Shafer; son Allan D. Shafer, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., and his wife Deborah B. Shafer and their children Brandon B. Shafer, Emily A. Shafer, Sarah E. Shafer; and daughter Mary C. Hihn, Holtwood, and her son Ian H. Hihn, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Montrose, at 1 p.m. The family will see visitors beginning at Noon in the Parish Hall, and a reception will follow. There will also be a service held in the summer at Camp Susquehannock.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Ed Shafer's name to the Scholarship Fund of Camp Susquehannock: att: Camp Susquehannock Scholarship Fund, 2308 Tripp Lake Road, Brackney, PA 18812.



Published in Susquehanna County Independent from Feb. 19 to Feb. 26, 2014
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