Rev. Thomas F. Schafer, 83, of Syracuse, passed away September 29, 2018.
Thomas was born in Syracuse, New York on June 30, 1935 to the late Frank and Adaline Schafer. He attended Lyncourt Elementary, and Central High School, and went on to obtain a BA from Syracuse University, and a BD and STM from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Tom was a clergyman for over 40 years having served the United Methodist Churches of the Central New York and Upper New York Conferences of the United Methodist Church. He retired in 2000 and continued to serve half time until 2009.
In his free time, he was an avid reader, and enjoyed baseball, but his passion was his Christian ministry.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Geraldine "Geri" E. (Toth)Schafer, an aunt, Dorothy Schafer (Eastwood); sister-in-law, Nancy H Hill (Norwalk, CT); a nephew, Emery Hill (Judy)(Alexandria, VA); and several cousins.
Family and friends may call on Friday, 10/12/2018, from 9am-11am, at Liverpool First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will be held at 11am. Interment will be made at Woodlawn Cemetery following the service.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Loretto Cunningham Facility especially the staff on the 11th and the 5th floors.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, CNY Chapter, 441 W Kirkpatrick St, Syracuse, NY 13204, or Hospice of CNY, 990 7th North St., Liverpool, NY 13088.
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