Troy Dean Shafer
1980 - 2019
Dusckas Funeral Home - East (Buffalo Road)
2607 Buffalo Road
Erie, PA
Troy Dean Shafer, age 38, of Harborcreek, passed away unexpectedly, on Sunday, April 28, 2019. He was born in Erie, on August 18, 1980, the son of Timothy and Janet Shafer.

Troy was a 1999 graduate of Harbor Creek High School and graduated from Penn State Behrend School of Business. When he first moved to Nashville, he was a big fan of, and sang with, his dear friend, Billy Falcon. Troy was a gifted contractor, and was well-known for his restoration work on historical homes with his company, Nashville Flipped.

Troy's faith was an important part of his life. He also loved the music of Elvis Presley and Huey Lewis and The News. He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed Erie's chicken wings. Troy treasured time with his cat, Marlow, and his dogs, Theo and Frankie.

In addition to his parents, Troy is survived by his brother, Tim N. Shafer (Katie); one niece, Samantha Shafer; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his baby sister, Tania René Shafer; and his grandparents, John M. and Beulah Shafer, and Nick and Mary Butchkosky.

Private arrangements are being handled by the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., 2607 Buffalo Rd. Memorial contributions may be designated to Best Buddies of Tennessee, 1585 Mallory Lane, Suite 208, Brentwood, TN 37027, or to an animal shelter of one's choice.

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Published by Erie Times-News on May 1, 2019.
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Troy was so giving and clever. He restored my home with such care and generosity. Always had good ideas and offered Help beyond that which was required. Truly missed!
Amy Nolte
April 25, 2020
We were saddened and shocked by the death of Nashville Flipped star, Troy Shafer. We loved watching his restoration show in Nashville , as his homes were always done with so much love and care. Owning one of those homes would be a dream. Our condolences to his family. May God give you all comfort at this difficult time. RIP TROY!
Pamela & Jeffery Wallpe
June 4, 2019
Sincere condolences to friends and family.
May 24, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed watching Troy on his show . His love for his work shone through . He will be missed ,a life gone too soon . May God comfort his family in this time of sorrow .
May 22, 2019
Dearest Shafer Family and Friends, I am so very sorry to hear about your loss of Troy. During this time of deep sorrow and pain, know that you are not alone. May God give your family strength and much comfort to help you endure this loss as you remember your beloved one, 2 Thessalonians 3:16
May 15, 2019
To the family of Troy,
My deepest condolences to each of you. I so enjoyed his show and everything he did. I just returned home from a Celebration of Life of a dear friend who fought cancer for 2 years. She was 62 and I thought that was too young. But oh my, Troy left way way too early. May your memories help ease your sorrow.
A fan in California
Patty Brown
May 11, 2019
I was shocked and saddened to read of Troy's passing. He was so active on FB where I was made aware of his show. God Bless to his family and friends...he will be missed by the fans of HGTV and the beautiful work he did.
Carrie Roemer
May 10, 2019
May your heavenly journey be so much better then the one you had here . Go up an flip the great mansion in the sky boss . We will enjoy your work when we get there sir. Amen
Bradley Jones
May 10, 2019
I'm sorry to hear of Troy's passing. He was a great guy. We worked together in Erie years ago at Best Buy. The best memory of him was when we were all together and out of nowhere he pulled out his harmonica and started singing Piano Man! We were blown away at his talent. Years later we ran into each other and he told me about his show. I'm glad he had the opportunity to follow his dreams and do what he loved. He will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. To his family and loved ones, please accept my deepest condolences in this time of tradegy. He'll forever be in our hearts and memories. RIP Troy.
Darrell Locke
May 10, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. Please allow the fondest memories shared with your loved one to be a soothing blanket over your heart. May God words of promise found in John 6:40 brings you consolation and a small measure of peace. Please accept my sincere regards and heartfelt condolences. ~MM~
May 10, 2019
We are so sad to hear of his passing. We were fans of Nashville Flipped and of Troy & his genteel manner - such a breath of fresh air for a tv host. I hope that his family will be comforted to know that he will be missed by people he never met. Our prayers for those who loved him...
Lipsey Family
May 10, 2019
Be a light as Jesus is for us and let your little light shine forever and ever!
Cathi L.
May 10, 2019
Sadden to hear of Troy'a passing. Prayers to his family. We have lost a very gifted person and a passion to restore homes and beautiful homes that might have been lost to time, instead of saved to be enjoyed for another 100 years.
You will be greatly missed.
Jo Hammond
May 9, 2019
Praying for the family. Loved his show and his sweet smile.
May 9, 2019
May God bless and give comfort to the family and friends of Troy .
Jeffrey Bryan
May 9, 2019
He had one of my favorite DIY shows and seeing his passion for restoration was inspiring. I'll miss him and prayers for his family and friends.
May 9, 2019
I love your show you will be miss
Faith Hodge
May 9, 2019
watching his show on HGTV I so enjoyed his infectious smile, even through the screen he showed joy. my prayers for his wife & family. God be their hope and strength.
cat w
May 9, 2019
I loved watching Troy on "Nashville Flipped" and his commitment to restoration. So laid back and very knowledgeable about the flipping business. May God comfort you during this sad time.
Hazel Hoover
May 9, 2019
May his soul Rest In Peace and I pray for peace for his family in this time of sorrow. His energy and enthusiasm will be missed. Thanks to Troy, so many beautiful homes will continue to show those yet to come, the beauty of our Nashville heritage before the era of glass & steel lofts! God Bless you Troy
Judie Wells
May 9, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of pain and sorrow. My condolences and prayers.
Carol Whitcher
May 9, 2019
It was a shock to us, who in AZ have watched DIY Troy Shafer's Nashville Flip!!! We were avid fans and how we wait when it's aired to watch his show on television. He's such a gifted and creative person! We had incorporated some of his ideas on our home. He is sadly missed! May his memory live forever in our hearts. Our deepest condolences to the whole family.
May 9, 2019
My husband Kenny and I met Troy only through his television show. Yet we felt like we had grown up together or as close personal friends or neighbors. His kind and energetic personality made you instantly want to be a more caring person. To leave this world and the homes we inhabit in a better place. Thank you for touching so many. Job well done young man.
Jennifer Weddle
May 9, 2019
A very great loss. RIP Troy.......
Gayle W.
May 9, 2019
What a delightful person he was! When he renovated our home he was so clever and insightful, always kind and easy to work with. We are so grateful to have known him.
Amy Nolte
May 9, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I love watching your son doing the DIY on the nashville Flips he was full of energy and had great talent. He will be missed.
Alberto N
May 9, 2019
Rest in peace.
Lex Lexi
May 9, 2019
Lex Lexi
May 9, 2019
May the love of God, friends and family carry you through your lost. God's peace be with this family.
Lex Lexi
May 9, 2019
I loved watching Tony on "Nashville Flipped" and his commitment to restoration. My condolences to his family and friends.
Debbie Morrison
May 9, 2019
Janet and family, so sorry for your loss.
Patricia Mancuso
May 9, 2019
From a huge fan of Troy and Nashville Flipped in Minnesota, I send his family my condolences and prayers. I am so shocked to read this, this AM...I will never forget his love for old homes and stain glassed windows. DIY will never be the same, sorry and God bless you all.
Tim LaPosa
May 9, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Troy's passing. I never got to meet him but watched his show. He was a very special young man with an awesome energetic personality that just bubbles out for all the world to see. He will be greatly missed. I am praying for peace and comfort for you and your precious families. I truly believe your precious Son also shared his faith in Christ with everyone he came in contact with. Continued prayers in the days, weeks and months ahead.
Marcia Burford
May 9, 2019
God's precious soul, he is home with the father. the family will be blessed by his work in the world.

Faye H from Asheville NC
Faye Harper
May 9, 2019
He was amazing!! Love watching his show!! Terrible loss!!
Marilyn Cox
May 9, 2019
Condolences to family & friends. I just learned of his passing on our local news in Nashville, TN. My family & I enjoyed watching him transform old homes into works of art. He leaves behind a beautiful legacy in homes around the area.
Kathy Estes
May 9, 2019
I'm so very sad to hear about Troy's passing. I loved him on his show Nashville Flipped and thought he would be a great guy to know and hang out with. He just seemed to be so laid-back, friendly, and outgoing. His design style was amazing and so cool and I love that he put a stained glass window in every one of his homes. He put a very special touch on every house that he worked on.

I know in my heart that he will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and everyone that enjoyed watching him on his show. He was very fortunate to have found his passion in life.
Janice Gibson
May 8, 2019
So sad to hear this! I have been a fan of his Nashville Flipped and his big personality.
Judy Wenzel
May 8, 2019
So very sorry for your loss of Troy. I loved his show, my grandparents were Shafers and I often wondered if we were distant relatives because I loved all of Troys appreciation of the history of his homes and making sure he stuck with homes character. Prayers for all of family
Joy Sexton
May 8, 2019
Condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Evelyn Pinson
May 8, 2019
I will never see a beautiful piece of stained glass framed in a wall or dormer or gable with out thinking of this wonderful talent. I'm glad we got to enjoy his visions if it was for just a short moment in time. God bless your family in the days ahead. J.W. Florida
May 8, 2019
I just learned today via the internet that Troy had passed and want to tell his Family I am so sorry for their loss. I so enjoyed his TV Shows, when he got started on TV he sent me a Tee/Cap for being so supportive of his ventures. I was hoping to meet him in person some day and have him show me his current home project. Rest In Peace young man, you were respected and loved.
Gene Stoker
May 8, 2019
What a lovely and joyful person. So glad to have seen not only his commitment and passion, but also how respected he was. He made an impact that won't be forgotten. God's blessings
May 8, 2019
Absolutely heartbreaking to hear of his passing. Nashville Flipped has been one of my most favorite shows to watch, his personality was so warm and inviting. May he rest in eternal Peace and may his family find solace in knowing he was beloved by many.
Deborah Marino
May 8, 2019
Troy was my sister's next-door neighbor. I've spent many afternoons on her porch watching Troy load and unload his truck while we all talked about his projects or how to fight the weeds in the yard or how to stop the cars from driving so fast down the street. However, my most prominent memory is at Halloween. Troy loved Halloween. My niece always loved Mr. Troy's spooky decorations. She especially loved that he would come over and ask if she wanted to turn on the strobe lights or the smoke machine. My niece just turned six and she has known Mr. Troy her entire life- they were friends. He even brought her a special present when he went on a business trip last summer. My niece called me today to let me know Mr Troy was in heaven and that he wouldn't be there for Halloween- and that she'd really miss him.
May he Rest In Peace. My prayers go out to Mr. Troy's family.
May 8, 2019
Tim-- we are saddened and shocked. What a great loss. We loved watching your son on television and know you were so proud of him. Our hearts go out to you and your family. Mick ('66 Bulldogs) and Lee Manafo
May 8, 2019
This was a favorite show to watch. Nashville has lost a special person who was bringing back homes that were loved!
mike brannon
May 8, 2019
My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Troy Dean Shafer and his wife at a home show. We talked after his presentation about how I was trying to find my way into flipping homes. I can't even begin to tell you how helpful and nice he was. He talked to us for a long time. He even called me several weeks later just to check in with me and see how I was doing. Genuinely an awesome person. I am saddened by his passing, and my prayers are with his family and friends. Thank you Troy for being so kind to us. Enjoy heaven friend.
Johnny Young
May 8, 2019
So heartbreaking! My thoughts and prayers are with Troy's family and friends. He was such a sweet, kind and talented man.
Patti Nichols
May 8, 2019
This so sad. His bubbly personality and his ability to transform houses into show places..prayers for his family and may you rest in peace sweet Troy.♂
Katrina Kennedy
May 8, 2019
I can't believe Troy is gone so soon. What a wonderful talent and personality he had and he will be truly missed by all his family and fans.
Linda Cornwall
May 8, 2019
I am very saddened to hear this. Troy and I discussed a lot of many awesome architecture that is in the House we purchased 2 years ago. What a great guy!
Jim Rroxx
May 8, 2019
I just learned of Troy's passing. I am shocked & deeply saddened. Love, prayers, & deepest sympathy to his family.
Wanda Padgett
May 8, 2019
nery martinez
May 7, 2019
May 7, 2019

To the Shafer Family,
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.


The Morey Family,
Carole, Matt & Dan
Carole Morey
May 7, 2019
Janet ,Tim and Tim , our hearts hurt for you all .Troy was amazing .We would watch every show . A smile that lights up a room . In our thoughts and prayers . John and Barbara Hamilton
John and Barb Hamilton
May 6, 2019
Janet and Tim,
Troy was so loved. We are so sorry.
Bobbi and Dave Forsman
May 5, 2019
Dear Cousin Tim, Jan and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. And have always heard such good things about Troy. May you find some comfort in memories. Prayers are with you.

Beth Tullio Pesek
Beth & Ralph Tullio Pesek
May 5, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. May the precious memories you have help you cope and bring you peace. 1 Thess. 4:14 can bring you some comfort knowing that there is a future for the loved ones we have lost in death. May the God of peace be with you and your family. JW
May 2, 2019
To the family, Evan called me to tell me the sad news and was very, very upset!

I had written to Troy as so proud of him and his show! As Troy would, he sent great messages back!

He was such a great kid and always was welcome here as one of the family!

This has to be devastating to you all!

We are so saddened!
Lynn Legenzoff and Family
May 2, 2019
Tim and Jan,

I am so sorry for your lost. Remember all the good memories that you both have with Troy. You and your family will be in my prayers in this difficult time.
Janet Moorhead Crosby
May 2, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Troy's passing yesterday. I got to know Troy many summers ago while living in Erie. He was always such a fun, friendly, great, talented guy. My thoughts and love go out to all of his family and friends. RIP, Troy.
Kate (Breese) Bollard
May 2, 2019

I can't imagine the pain your family is feeling. So very sorry for your loss.
Troy was such a nice young man and you can be proud of his accomplishments in a life that ended way too soon.
My deepest sympathy.
Linda Miklinski
May 1, 2019
To the Shafer family-I am so sad and heartbroken for your loss. Troy was a dear friend and a great listener for so many of us throughout the years. He has always kind and funny and I admired his ability to chase his dreams. He will be missed by so many. Amy Magee Jaworek
Amy Magee Jaworek
May 1, 2019
Prayers for comfort for your whole family. Troy's beautiful soul shined from within. We have kept in touch since teaching him in high school to traveling to Nashville to stay with him over Easter break. His kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. There are no words to describe our feelings and the grief we have for your loss.
Todd & Wendy Keefe
May 1, 2019
Our heart felt condolences go out to the Shafer Family! We were stunned to hear of his passing. May God bless him and grant his entrance into his kingdom!
David and Donna Stoczynski
May 1, 2019
So many fond memories of's been wonderful to reminisce over the last few days, and heartbreaking at the same time.

Who could ever forget his epic Super Bowl parties?!

I will always admire his ability to chase his dreams the way he did. I feel very lucky to have shared a friendship with him...even if it was years ago.

My prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Vickie (Mottern) Gilchrist
May 1, 2019
Dear Tim,
I didn't know your son but I knew you in high school. I can't imagine what you must be feeling now. No parent should. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Hopefully those happy times that you remember will see you through the worst of these sad times.
Sue Carnahan Benton
May 1, 2019
To Tim, Katie, and the rest of the Shafer family,
I was stunned to hear of Troy's passing and will always have fond memories of what a truly kind, generous, and caring person he was. He accomplished so much in his life and served as an inspiration for me and countless others. You have my most sincere condolences.
John Torrelli
May 1, 2019
My deepest condolences to your family. Troy was a good friend and a great person and I'll never forget all the times we spent together a kids back on Daniels Rd.
Thomas Horner
May 1, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we send our deepest sympathy and prayers to Troy's family during this most difficult of times. We are extremely blessed and grateful to have met and spent time with such a talented, caring, and wonderful person. Troy will be greatly missed but will remain a beacon of joy in our memories. Gods speed Buddy, our Lord called a good one home on Sunday.
The Stanko Family
May 1, 2019
To the Shafer Family,
I am so saddened by the loss of Troy. He was such a kind and wonderful person. I remember our trip to Nashville years ago and going to the Grand Ole Opry. Please know that we are all so lucky to have been able to know Troy and the amazing person he was.
Liesa Natcher Yeargan
May 1, 2019
Troy - your small group from Cross Point Church in Nashville are shocked and heartbroken. We already miss you buddy. No words...
Jamie Dent
May 1, 2019
Tim, Janet & Tim,
I am so saddened to hear of this news. It was always special to have Troy entertain at Ed's Place parties. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Ed & Dan Czemerych & Hawley
May 1, 2019
The Shafer family,We are saddened to hear of Troy passing. He was so nice to us in high school and such an inspiration to many in Nashville flipped. Again we send all our prayers and condolences to the family and keep you all in our prayers in this time in need.John, Merenda and Keagan Deimling Both graduates from HCHS class of 2001.
Merenda Deimling
May 1, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. The pain of losing a child is so hard to endure. Sincere sympathy to you and yours.
Mary Lou Wittman
May 1, 2019
Dearest Janet,and family

I cannot I imagine....nor would I want to, the horror of what you experiencing. I remember Troy from when we sat together at Tim jr.s baseball games, when my husband coached. What a sweet and pleasant young man. Janet cherish your memories and know that our sky is one star brighter tonight with his presence.
Janet, my heart hurts for you.

Marcia states
Harborcreek, pa.
Soon to be Tennessee

Please know your in my thoughts and prayers, contact me anytime.
May 1, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Troy's passing. Sending my deepest sympathy to his family and friends at this time.
Julie Hager
May 1, 2019
We were so sorry to hear of Troy's passing. It is an imaginable pain and sorrow for a parent to endure. He was a fine man and one who seemed to enjoy life. Our deepest sympathies to you at this time and in the future.
Jo and Pat Shickler
May 1, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Troy was an amazing person.
The Wright Family
May 1, 2019
I just wanted to pass my sympathies on to Troy's family.Never met him but felt his family should know that many of us in Erie supported his talent. Gone too young. I'm so sorry.
Patricia Twohig
May 1, 2019
So sad to hear of Troy's passing. He was so kind and talented! A great loss to all of his friends and family. Sending sympathy to his family and especially his Harbor Creek gang of friends.
Dave and Judy Johnson family
May 1, 2019
I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. I will always remember Troy as one of my favorite 4th grade students....happy, kind, smart. I still use a keychain he gave me many years ago, and I think of him each time I use it. My deepest sympathy to his family and many, many friends.
Nancy Way
May 1, 2019
John/Linda Chabola
May 1, 2019
Tim, I am deeply sorry to hear about Troy. You have my deepest sympathy! Your friend Mike Perry
May 1, 2019
Tim and Jan.
My deepest sympathies to you both on the loss of your son Troy. He was taken away far too soon.

Keep his memory alive. Talk about him often.
Be there for each other. Stay close.

You are all in my prayers.
Beth Phillips-McMann
May 1, 2019
My sincere sympathy to my neighbors at this time of loss.
Karen Kennell
May 1, 2019
So heartbroken about Troy. The nicest young man, with a heart of gold. My condolences to his family, especially his Mom.
Terry Seth
April 30, 2019
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