Robert D Shafer

robert shafer

May 24, 1957 ~ May 4, 2013

Born in: Duluth, GA
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Robert Dayton Shafer, known fondly as "Robbie," 55, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away peacefully on May 4, 2013. Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Dowell-Shafer. He is survived by his daughter, Katie Shafer, of Dallas, GA; father, Charles E. Shafer, of Alpharetta, GA; brothers, Charles E. Shafer, Jr. Janice of Loganville, GA; David H. Shafer Cindy of Cumming, GA; Gerald Shafer Suzanne of Grayson; and sister, Grace Shafer, of Asheville, NC, and several nieces and nephews, along with other family and many friends. Robert was born in Duluth, GA on May 24, 1957. He graduated from Berkmar High School in 1976. He was also a member of The Sweetwater Masonic Lodge No. 421. Robert was married to Nancy Tumlin Shafer on June 17, 1978. They were married for 18 years and had a daughter, Katie, whom he adored. Robert was the owner of Robert Shafer Construction for 30 years. His love for his craft and workmanship, passed down to him from generations of homebuilders, were evident in his many projects through the years. He enjoyed golfing, spending time at the beach and activities with family and friends. Robert was also a devoted UGA athletics supporter and avid Georgia Bulldog Fan. A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4:00 pm, Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made, in memory of Robert, to The American Diabetes Association. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saturday, May 11, at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, 770-277-4550. Online condolences may be expressed at The family of Robert Shafer would like to thank everyone for all the kind words and loving support through this difficult time.

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  1. Robbie was a great person! Had a big heart! He will be missed by many, but we will hold onto the memories! He will not be forgotten! Our prayers go out to Katie! May God comfort you at this time!

  2. I know, Robert, He will raise you up on eagle’s wings, Bear you on the breath of dawn, Make you to shine like the sun, And hold you in the palm of His Hand, until we meet again. God Bless.

  3. Robbie was a great man and an even better father. He will be missed by many but his great memories & laugh will always be with us. Our condolences to the Shafer Family. Love, Tibor & Natasha Beganovic

  4. I was lucky enough to know Robert for about two years we meet when were both on trips with our friends and we became fast friends, sharing stories of our lives. Robert was a good man anda good friend. He could always make you smile. He will be missed..

  5. So sorry to hear of his passing , haven’t seen him since high school. Praying for everyone.

  6. I am so sad to hear of Robbie’s passing, I will always remember growing up with him. He was a good person. My prayers and thoughts are with his family as they prepare to send him home. Special prayers for Katie and Nancy at this time. I pray that God will wrap you tight in his arms and see you through your grief. God Bless.

  7. Robert was one of the most generous, talented, hard working, and kindest individuals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We met through work, but he quickly became a close personal friend. We are just devastated to hear of Robert’s passing, but feel so lucky to have known him. We are keeping Katie and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
    -Brittany and John Molinaro

  8. Robert, we will all greatly miss you, we loved you very much. We will miss you smiling face at The Process getting some pretty girl to cut your hair! We will miss you everywhere we go! Katie, your Dad was one of a kind and you have to very proud of him. I wish you only the best memories of him to carry with you the rest of your life.

  9. We are so sad to hear of Robert’s sudden death. He was such an easy fellow to know and love; he always had time for a visit and he really cared about his craft and how he could make things work for us. Seldom, do I hear a man talk about his daughter as much, or as glowingly, as Robert spoke of Katie. He was SO proud of her and I know he would be proud of her now. We will remember him and continue to laugh at his stories. I wish we had known him longer.

  10. To Charles, Charles Jr. ,David, Grace , Gerald and Katie my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I know Robbie would want you to celebrate his life and remember the wonder ful memories that each of you shared through the years! God Bless you all!

  11. Robert, EJ and I miss your happy demeanor and always remember you as we live in the wonderful home you built for us. -Mark and Elizabeth Diedrich

  12. We were very sorry to hear of your dad’s sudden passing. But, I am so happy that you were able to spend time with him on Friday. Christ will strengthen you in the days ahead, so look to Him and He will sustain you. We love you and are here for you.

  13. We enjoyed working with Robert. He was always a blessing to us, and we will miss him.

  14. Sincere condolences for your loss. I hope you will find comfort and peace through the loving promise of God’s resurrection hope. Rev.21:4

  15. Sincere condolences for your loss. I hope you will find comfort and peace through the loving promise of God’s resurrection hope. Rev.21:4

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