Gordon A. “Gordy” Shaffer, born January 25, 1930, a resident of Vallejo, California for over 70 years, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2014 after a brief hospital stay. A celebration of life is being held Friday, January 9, 2015 at Colonial Chapels, Vallejo. In 1947 Gordon began his career as a photographer for the Vallejo Times-Herald. After returning from serving his country in the Korean War as a company clerk and photographer, he resumed his job with the Times-Herald where he continued to work for almost 30 years, making many life-long friendships. Gordon and Irene (Bandura) met in October 1994 on a cruise ship to Hawaii. They married March 23, 1995 in Fort Lauderdale.
Gordon is survived by his wife Irene Shaffer of White Rock and her two children Denise Diewert and Jeff Bandura. Gordon is also survived by his only son, Gregory Shaffer and his wife Sheri Hoss of Grass Valley, CA.
Gordon became a Canadian citizen after he & Irene married. While residing in White Rock he volunteered with many organizations and was regularly the first to sign up to volunteer for any duties needed. He served a term as President of the Peace Arch Rotary Club and was a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship. While with the White Rock Chamber of Commerce, he was instrumental in forming a liaison with the Blaine Chamber that resulted in the placement of a 100-year Time Capsule in the Peace Arch Border Crossing. Gordon also volunteered in the Emergency Room at Peace Arch Hospital. If so desired, a donation to a charity of your choice or the White Rock S. Surrey Hospice Society would be appreciated.