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Lawrence W. Shafer

August 22, 2018
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Lawrence W. Shafer, beloved father and grandfather, passed away in Hope Hospice Care on August 20, 2018 at 94 years old. He was born November 22, 1923 in Miami, Florida, son of Ross and Bess Shafer. He later moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida where he met his wife. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 57 years Mabel Ferguson Shafer of Ft. Myers Beach and his brother Carl Shafer of Port Orange, Florida. Larry was a long time resident of Ft. Myers Beach and was very proud of Mabel and his Florida heritage.

He was very fond of flying and served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator, receiving his wings in Pensacola in 1945. He served in World War II and was called back for Korea.

Larry was an early pioneer with his father-in-law John C. Ferguson in Florida's commercial shrimp industry. He served as President of Southeastern Fisheries Association 1969-70 and was recognized with a 50 year member award from 1952-2002. His businesses were St. George Packing, Co., located in Ft. Myers Beach FL, Bridgetown, Barbados and Aransas Pass, TX. and Beach Shrimps Packers, also located on Ft. Myers Beach.

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He enjoyed being a very active member of the Ft. Myers Beach Lions Club and supplied the shrimp for the Shrimp Festival for many years and leaves behind many friends.

Larry is survived by his three children John L. Shafer and his spouse Cynthia of Ft. Myers; Mary Catherine Shafer and her husband Chip Klaiber of Fredericksburg, TX and Frank F. Shafer and his wife Penny of Malabar, FL. and by three grandchildren Ian T. Klaiber and his wife Jacquilin of Mission Viejo, CA; Robert L. Klaiber of San Antonio, TX and Julie Michelle Shaw and husband Stayton Shaw of Melbourne, FL. who are expecting his first great grandchild.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to

Bedz for Kidz

C/O Guardian ad Litem Foundation

1700 Monroe Street

Suite #600

Ft Myers, Fl. 33901

 
 

 

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