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James A. Schaffer

October 6, 1928 August 25, 2014
James A. Schaffer
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Obituary for James A. Schaffer

James "Al" Schaffer, of Clarkston, born in Detroit, October 6, 1928 to Catharine and Robert J. Schaffer, passed away peacefully on August 25, 2014. Beloved husband of Charlotte Parker for 33 years. Dear father of Pamela Gruenwald-Dow, James and Julie Schaffer; dear step-father of Troy Parker; grandfather of Chad, Eric and Courtney Gruenwald and Abigail and William Schaffer; great-grandfather of Payton, Ella, Rowan and Meghan Gruenwald. Predeceased by his older brother, Robert.

James was a graduate of Redford High School and Wayne State University; veteran; former lobbyist for Michigan Consolidated Gas Company; managed major state political campaigns; founding president of Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; and President of Boblo Island-to name only a few public service career achievements. Beloved friend of the poor and elite alike.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11 AM at Our Lady of the Lakes, 5481 Dixie Highway, Waterford, MI 48329 (248-623-0274). In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements for cremation entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, Oxford.

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