Richard Schaffer (October 17, 1944 - May 24, 2024)

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Richard Schaffer
  • October 17, 1944
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  • May 24, 2024

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Richard (Dick) Lindon Schaffer, 79, of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, at ShorePoint Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL.

Richard was born October 17, 1944, in Milwaukee, WI, to parents Richard Lyle Schaffer and Carol (Reichlin) Schaffer. Richard married Cecile (Ceil) Sciortino on August 3, 1968, at Calvary United Methodist Church.

Richard graduated from Custer High school (1962), received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (1968) and his master’s in education from the University of Portland (1973). He taught chemistry and math in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District for 33 years. He also worked as a high school track coach for many years.
After retiring from the school district, Richard went on to teach Chemistry at Madison Area Technical College. He also ran the clock for Watertown High School girls’ basketball team and boys’ football team.

Richard was a loving husband, father, papa, brother and friend. His warmth and kindness touched the lives of many. Richard possessed a gift of connecting with others, effortlessly striking up conversations with those he met and making others feel at ease in his presence.
Richard was a very active man who loved to be outdoors and delighted in duck hunting, tending to his yard and garden. He was an avid golfer, an Evans Scholar, a member of a golf league and a golf volunteer. Richard volunteered for various golf tournaments in Wisconsin and Florida, including the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, WI. He was also a huge sports fan, cheering on all the Wisconsin teams.

After years of being a snowbird in Florida during the winter, Richard and Ceil moved to Florida full time in 2021, yet his heart always remained true to Wisconsin.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ceil, son, Todd (Kimberly) Schaffer of Madison, WI, daughters Holly Schaffer of Chicago, IL, Lisa (Jason) Davis of Sterling Heights, MI and his beloved grandchildren, Avery Schaffer, Drew Schaffer, Josephine Davis, Camille Davis, Nora Davis. Also, brother Dean (Jerri) Schaffer of Richfield, WI, brother-in-law Robert Sciortino as well as countless friends and family. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in-law, Tommy and Norma Sciortino and sister in-law, Susan Sciortino.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt and sincere gratitude to the medical staff at ShorePoint Hospital who did all they could to help Richard and his family.

A Celebration of Life will be held June 22, 2024 at Rosati’s in Oconomowoc, WI. Celebration to begin at 2 pm; tribute ceremony at 3:30pm.

Baldwin Brothers of Port Charlotte is honored to serve the Schaffer family.


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  1. Lee Buescher says:
    18 Jun 2024
    My sincere condolences to Ceil and family. Dick and I taught chemistry together at MATC for many enjoyable years. We also spent many Friday nights at WHS football games, he ran the clock while I filmed the games. Such great person and I’ll always remember his smile.

  2. Randy Goede says:
    16 Jun 2024
    Randy and I wanted to express our deepest sympathies to the entire family. We have fond memories of Dick especially when the four of us could spend time together in Milwaukee. Our prayers are with all of you.

  3. Pamela Wiedmeyer says:
    13 Jun 2024
    Dear Schaffer Family,
    Sorry to hear of Dick's passing. My husband, Ken Wiedmeyer, passed away on May 23, 2024. It's hard. I wonder if Dick and Ken are playing cards with old friends from West Milwaukee? Again, I know how hard this is for all of us, Pam

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  7. John & Maggie Pernice says:
    11 Jun 2024
    Condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. I have a memory of Richard coming to my parents house on 41st Street, early one Sunday morning. He came over to pick up my dad for go squirrel hunting. This was after getting engaged. He caught my Dad by surprise and he ended up staying for breakfast. He ended up staying quite a while chatting with my parents and grand parents (and me). Its a very distant but good memory.

  8. Chad Eberhardt says:
    09 Jun 2024
    I am deeply saddened by the loss of my volunteer walking scoring mate! The AMFAM Championship ended today and it just wasn’t the same without Dick there to catch up and reminisce with as we did early mornings every year of the tournament over coffee and a donut. I will forever cherish the memories we shared and all the steps we walked together. It's been a long week without you, my friend
    and I'll tell you all about it when I see you again! You will be profoundly missed, but never forgotten!

  9. Richard Arkenberg says:
    08 Jun 2024
    Condolences to Dick's Family. Dick played in our Friday golf group for many years prior to moving to Florida. However, even after moving he still came up to Wisconsin and played few rounds with the guys. Will miss his smiling face - a true gentleman.

  10. Katie Piechotta lit a candle:
    05 Jun 2024
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  11. Paul Strnad says:
    04 Jun 2024
    I was very surprised to hear of Dick's passing.
    My sincere condolences to the family. Dick was my duck hunting partner in North Dakota and he will be missed and remembered by us all. I always enjoyed listening to his stories, and making new memories each trip out there. I hope you are reunited with all of our great dogs, and enjoy yourself, my friend!

  12. Jan Kriewaldt says:
    03 Jun 2024
    We were all shocked when I heard the news, thought you should be here forever Dick! We’ve known each other since you bought my dad’s land! We all had such a bond!
    We will miss you so much! We always loved our get togethers!

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    03 Jun 2024
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  14. Dan and Sue Michael, Dearborn MI says:
    03 Jun 2024
    Our deepest condolences to all the family. We enjoyed so many wonderful conversations with Richard at Lisa and Jason’s home. Such a kind and loving man who adored all his Family. Hold onto your beautiful, dear memories and know we are praying for you and your family ❤️. Rest in eternal peace friend.

  15. Rhonda Schiek says:
    03 Jun 2024
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing he was a kindman. I always enjoyed catching up with him and his family at the vegetable stand.

  16. Tamara Broker says:
    02 Jun 2024
    I met Richard through Todd and Kim.. Richard sat down and started talking and the conversation just took off. My heart goes out to the family. Todd it was a privilege and an honor to meet him and your mom. Heartfelt Condolences.

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