Israel Jacob (Jack) Shaffer was born in Brooklyn New York on September 20, 1928 to Simon and Freda Shaffer. He grew up in Brooklyn and graduated from Lafayette High School. Jack enlisted in the army and was deployed to Japan at the end of World War II. When he returned home, he attended Brooklyn College before leaving to work. Jack met Ruth Seigal and their whirlwind romance culminated in a wedding on June 7th 1953. Together they have five children: Merryl, David (Terry), Daniel (Margaret), Douglas (Beth), and Dennis (Rosalee). He and Ruth also have 15 grandchildren and 8 great - grandchildren. The family moved to Parsippany, New Jersey in 1967. In 1968 Jack started Shaffer Steel Corporation with a desk and a phone at home. With his drive and inspiration the company thrived and is now in it's 53rd year of business with a warehouse in Lyndhurst and offices in Parsippany. Several family members work for the business that spans three generations. For more than 50 years, Shaffer Steel has sponsored countless youth sports in and around Parsippany. Besides enjoying work and family Jack was an avid golfer who routinely beat his sons at the game well into adulthood. His home course was The Knoll Country Club in Parsippany. Jack also enjoyed going to the track and watching harness racing. He decided to go a step further and purchased horses to compete at harness tracks along the East Coast. Despite hearing loss that he suffered after the army, Jack enjoyed singing loud, often and off-key, a trait, for better or for worse, inherited by his children. He was also a lifelong Yankees fan and his children and grandchildren loved attending the games with Jack, who had two objectives when attending games - 1) a Yankees win, 2) beating the traffic home. Jack enjoyed people. He loved meeting people, talking to them and remembering everyone with a keen memory. His warmth and generosity were obvious to all he encountered. The love of his life will always be Ruth. Together they celebrated 67 years of marriage and an aura of love that bonded the family. He will forever remain in our hearts. Jack will be laid to rest on Thursday at 1:00 in a private ceremony at Cedar Park cemetery. Donations will be accepted in his memory at the two links listed below:
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