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Roy J. Schafer, civil engineer, construction executive

Oct. 24, 1927 – May 31, 2013

YOUNGS-TOWN – Roy J. Shafer, a civil engineer and construction company executive, died Friday in his Youngstown home under Niagara Hospice care. He was 85.

Born in Niagara Falls, he was a graduate of Niagara Falls High School and served in the Army Air Forces in 1946 and 1947.

Returning from service, he attended Niagara University, then earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Syracuse University in 1953.

Mr. Shafer was associated with Herbert F. Darling Inc. for 37 years, retiring as vice president of construction and safety.

In retirement, he founded his own consulting business, RJS Consultants, and was a sales representative for Canadian Metal Rolling Mills.

A Youngstown resident for more than 30 years, he was a member of Lutheran Church of the Messiah in Lewiston and Zion Lutheran Church.

He also was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Military Engineers and the Deep Foundation Institute. He was past chairman of the Pile Driver Committee of the Construction Industry Employers Association of Western New York and the chapter’s Safety Committee.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Patricia A. Swift; two sons, Scott S. and Steven S.; and a daughter, Starrin R.

A memorial service will be arranged this summer.

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