Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC
5130 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC

Of Chevy Chase, MD passed away on May 24, 2014 after an accident at his home. Beloved husband of Eser Ozdeger and loving stepfather to Taylan Tun??ata; devoted son of Carol Schaffer and Bill Schaffer, and stepson of Randy Swisher; loving brother to Alexandra Schaffer, Cena Swisher, and Becky Schaffer who passed away in 2011; he will be greatly missed.A longtime Washington, DC resident, Tim graduated from Maret School in 1989. After obtaining his degree from Yale University in 1993, he spent a year teaching in Warsaw. Tim returned to Maret from 1994 to 2008, where his enthusiasm for teaching influenced countless students and colleagues. The vast reach of his expertise and knowledge shaped the direction of technology integration on campus, provided stellar set designs for school performances, and inspired him to lead students on multiple educational trips, most notably the Subtropical Zone Ecology program in Sanibel, FL. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Technology and Sustainability at Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD, where he guided Barrie's use of learning management systems, designed sets for theater productions, and helped plan the campus's new green buildings. Tim often began a sentence with "I wonder . . ." This was his active mind at work, and his curiosity and creativity were reflected in everything he did, from helping kindergarten students discover the wildlife on campus ponds to the designs he created for school plays. Tim's broad range of responsibilities reflected the breadth of his interests and passions. Throughout his life, he touched countless people, especially the very old and the very young, who will continue to have their lives enriched by the experiences he shared with them. His family was a priority for him and he provided an endless source of love and strength for them. Always curious, a passionate environmentalist, inspired teacher, loyal friend, and devoted husband, Tim will always be remembered for his exceptional intellect and caring spirit.A celebration of Tim's life will be held on Tuesday, June 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Audubon Naturalist Society's Woodend Nature Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Tim may be made to the Geography of Hope, with contributions designated to the Tim Schaffer Scholarship Fund at http://www.geographyofhope.org/tim-schaffer-scholarship-fund.

Published by The Washington Post on Jun. 3, 2014.
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Carol: our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ardoth Hassler
June 12, 2014
Eser - Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. Be strong in knowing your heart and memories will always be filled with blessings of having shared your life with such a good person.
Mary Lee, M.A. (RDHS '85)
June 10, 2014
We are saddened by the loss of Tim who we knew from years at the Buddy Walk ! He will be fondly remembered for his smile and ability to engage with everyone. We send our prayers to Eser and Ty.
Cindy and Cal Sutliff
June 9, 2014
Tim had many gifts he shared generously with those who knew him. I had the great good fortune to work with Tim developing a complex web site for a major nonprofit. Tim was patient, thorough, and kind during the years we kept it going. I cherish the time he spent with me. He was a good man, doing good. Knowing him was my privilege.
Sincere condolences to Tim's family and other friends.
Amy Moorer
June 7, 2014
Tim was a beautiful child of Capitol Hill, Maryland,and the world. I am shocked and grief stricken by his passing. My sympathy goes to all, especially his mother. Nancy Rose
Nancy Rose
June 5, 2014
It is so hard to grasp the extent of this loss. I have known Tim since he was a boy. I adored him then and adore him now. He became a teacher to my children and friend to me. His marriage to Eser and the spectacular and joyous wedding weekend we shared is engraved in my mind for ever I know his stepmother, Janice Cooper, was as happy as happy can be to see Tim so blessed. She considered Tim her "rock" particularly after the death of her daughter and Tim's half sister, Becky. My deepest sympathy to Eser, Ty and all of Tim's family.
June 4, 2014
I will always miss Tim's amazing smile. Sometimes I had no idea what he was thinking, but that is what made it so awesome. Tim, thank you for all you did. You will be missed.

Battle Pincus
June 3, 2014

POSTED: MAY 26, 2014

This past weekend, Barrie lost our friend and colleague Tim Schaffer. His time with us leaves a lasting legacy on our campus and in the memories of those he worked with and taught. As his colleagues and students, we often heard him begin a sentence with “I wonder…” In remembering Tim, this habit takes on particular poignancy, as it offers a concise glimpse of the man we knew. He had an active, curious mind, one that he was eager to apply to projects as mundane as creating efficient database queries and as exciting as planning new, environmentally friendly buildings. In that sense, he wondered about things that would make Barrie a better place. But he also maintained a sense of wonder in his work, one that could be seen as he explored the wildlife in our campus ponds with our youngest students, or in the magnificent production designs he created with the Theater Tech crew.

At Barrie, one of our core values is “Respect for Self, Others, and the Environment.” Tim not only knew those words as we all do, but he lived them. His absence will leave a gap in our lives, but the time we were fortunate to share with him will live on in our hearts, minds, and on the campus we call home.
June 1, 2014
Words cannot express the sadness I feel over the loss of Tim. I shall remember most his ready smile whenever I saw him at the Smith Farm. My prayers are with his family at this difficult time.
My love and sympathy,
Karen Smith
May 31, 2014
As a member of the Smith Farm contingency, we all knew Tim as a fellow willing to get down and do the hard chores and projects around the Smith Farm. Such an easygoing fella. Not hard to get to know and like.the guy. He loved Eser very much. He will be missed at our future gatherings!

Bob Fabia & Kathy Aram
Bob Fabia
May 30, 2014
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