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R.I.P. Captain Bert Thomas Shaffner

August 3, 1939 - July 25, 2019

Bert Thomas Shaffner, 79, of Owings, MD passed away peacefully at home July 25, 2019. He was born August 6, 1939 in Washington DC to Bert Faniot and Elizabeth Erma (Groshon) Shaffner. He was a 1957 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School. Bert was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the Navy from 1957 until being discharged on 1961. He started his paid Firefighter career with Prince George’s County in 1966. Bert held all types of positions in the Fire Service and retired as Battalion Chief/Captain in 1989.

Bert met his wife Pat in 1970 and they were married in 1971. They lived in Forestville, MD for 15 years before moving to Calvert County in 1986. Bert was a charter boat captain, held a 100-ton Coast Guard license, and did Marine Surveying. Bert was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Stallings-Williams Post 206 American Legion, and the [Maryland] Charter Boat Association. He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals and was a member of the ABYC. Bert attended most of the Waterfowl Festivals on the Eastern Shore, and loved to eat blue crabs. Bert was also a member of the “Hole in the Wall Gang”, a trivia team at Thursday’s.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife Patricia J. “Pat” Shaffner, son Thomas Phillip Archer, III, both of Owings, MD, sister LouAnn Shaffner of Concord, NC, brothers Doug Shaffner of Landover Hills, MD and Michael Shaffner and his wife Renata of Myrtle Beach, SC, and his four Boxer dogs.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday July 29, 2019 from 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. and from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. at Rausch Funeral Home (8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, MD 20736). For directions, click here .

Services will be held Tuesday July 30, 2019 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church (8816 Chesapeake Ave. North Beach, MD 20714). For directions, click here .

Fair Winds and Following Seas Captain Bert


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