Thomas E. "Tommy" Schafer IV.
1967 - 2020
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Thomas E. Schafer IV, " Tommy", 53 years of age, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 31, 2020, from complications following a surgical procedure. Tommy was preceded in death by his grandparents Doreathea Delsa Schafer and Thomas Earnest Schafer, Jr, and Mignon Nicaud Rousset and Felix Octave Rousset (MawMaw, PawPaw, Memere, and Pepere). He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Camille Theriot Schafer, and their beautiful daughter Caroline Schafer. He is also survived by his parents, Mignon and Thomas Schafer, and his sister, Mimi Odem (Danny), his brother, Michael Schafer (Christina), and seven nieces and nephews: Rosie, John Patrick, Willie, Felix, Harry, Charlie, and George. He is also survived by cousins, Greg Schafer (Liz), and their children Andrew and Charlotte; Ashley Schafer (Mark), and their child Linus. He is survived by one uncle, Timothy Schafer, and his god-mother, Sylvia Brannen, and many loving friends, cousins, and relatives. Tommy was born on February 2, 1967, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He lived in New Orleans until 1995 when he moved to Diamondhead, MS. Tommy graduated from Christian Brothers and Jesuit High School and attended Ole Miss where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He was an active member of the SAE fraternity. Tommy was a devoted father and husband and always stood proudest when he spoke of Camille and Caroline. Tommy was knowledgable about almost everything; if you were available to listen, he was happy to share his expertise. He had many passions such as cooking for his girls, a love for the outdoors, fishing, boating, hunting, and he truly loved his old dog, Bo IV. Tommy was the first mayor of Diamondhead elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017 for a second term. He was a devoted, hard-working and strong public servant to his community. He was a Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Columbus where he was active and contributed time, talent, and financial support. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Pass Christian, MS where he gave his time and service. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church on Monday, August 10 at 1:00. Father Brett Brannen, Tommy's loving cousin, will be officiating the Mass. Visitation will be held from 11:00 to 1:00. In lieu of flowers, donations to Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church are welcome.

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Published in The Times-Picayune from Aug. 4 to Aug. 10, 2020.
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August 9, 2020
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August 7, 2020
I’m so very sorry that this happened and I can’t believe it. I love your family so much. Tommy always seemed like the perfect example of “The Big Brother” to Mimi and Michael. Camille and Caroline, Tom, Mignon, Mimi and Micheal, my heart goes out to you. This is just so sad. Much love from all of the Odems.
Sarah Odem
August 7, 2020
We are saddened by your terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pete and Maren Casano
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August 6, 2020
This photo always makes me smile. It was my birthday and my dad was going to surprise me with the new bike, so we were coming home and I let Tommy in first because he was a guest. So he saw the bike before I did and he was more surprised than me.

You will be missed my friend. We had a good time growing up on State and Coliseum.
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August 5, 2020
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August 5, 2020
Tom, III and Tim, my sincere condolences. What a terrible shame.
Joe Stahl
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August 4, 2020
Nicole Boisdore
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August 4, 2020
Praying for the family
Jennifer Villarreal
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August 4, 2020
Wonderful man who always was willing to help if he could. Will be sorely missed.May God bless your family.
Patricia Quinlan
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August 4, 2020
Tommy was a dear friend and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I will always smile when I think of Tommy.
Michele Quinlan Pisciotta
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August 4, 2020
My heart-felt condolences to you, Mr. Schafer and you family, on the loss of your son. May God be with you and comfort you in your time of grief. You are always in my thoughts and prayers...Schertz, Tx.
Peggy A. Armelin
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August 4, 2020
Our Deepest Sympathy on your loss.
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