Lawrence Schaffer

Larry Schaffer of Woodbridge, Ct. and Nantucket, Mass. died peacefully at home with his family by his side on July 22, 2011. Larry was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 15, 1921 to the late Mae (Bungard) Schaffer and the late Theodore A. Schaffer and was predeceased by his wife Shirlee-ann Schaffer and his brothers Eugene and David Schaffer. He was raised in New Haven and graduated from Hopkins Grammar School in 1940 and went on to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Upon declaration of war in 1941, Larry left school to enlist in the U.S. Army air force officer training program and became an officer with the rank of Lieutenant. He became a flight instructor at numerous Air Force bases around the country. As a pilot, Larry rose through the ranks to become a commander of a B24 Liberator, and was assigned to serve in the Pacific Theater. Following the war, Larry resumed his studies at Penn and graduated in 1948. Larry returned to New Haven to take a position in his family’s business and began a lifelong passion for the Greater New Haven Community.  As a principal of the C.A. White organization Larry helped to develop many real estate projects throughout the community. Building a successful business enterprise was secondary to the greatest passion in his life – his family. A life spent traveling the world and sharing remarkable adventures with his children and grandchildren was truly his greatest legacy. While engaged in numerous community organizations including the Jewish Community Center and Tower One/Tower East as a founding member, Larry was happiest when surrounded by his family, taking great pleasure in their activities. Larry continued his love for flying and would never hesitate to take friends for lunch at Ballard’s on Block Island or the Jared Coffin house on Nantucket. Larry is survived by his beloved Gloria and his children Michael (Barbara), Ted (Debbie), Tony (Robin), and Peter (Eleanor) Schaffer and his adored eight grandchildren Sarah, Andrew, Henry, Katie, Teddy, Douglas, Bryan and Olivia, his sister-in-law Joyce Schaffer and  nephews and nieces.  The family wants to give special thanks to Mustapha Adramani, Larry’s ever faithful and constant “buddy”. Like the great oak, Larry withstood all winds and storms while providing care, comfort, and shade for his family to grow and prosper. His was truly a life well spent, ever adventurous, never wavering, and always believing in and loving his family.
Following a private service, friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, July 27th between 5:30PM and 8:00PM at 51 Tumblebrook Road, Woodbridge CT.  Contributions in Larry’s memory may be made to the Lawrence Schaffer fund at The Hopkins School.
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  1. betsy ratner said,

    07.23.11 at 6:39 pm

    my heartfelt wishes are sent to the entire family with loads of love and healing through the loss of wonderful Larry.

  2. Michael Belfonti said,

    07.24.11 at 10:17 am

    Teddy and Michael,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your dad several times at the Woodbridge Country Club. I have heard from others, including my dear friend the late George Dermer, what a gentleman your dad was, not only in business, but in all aspects of life. All the very best to you both and your families during these difficult times.

    Warmest regards,

    Michael Belfonti

  3. Bill Mitchell & Bob Santin said,

    07.24.11 at 7:28 pm

    Dear Gloria, Michael, Ted, Tony & Peter,

    There are no words of condolence that could ever serve to lessen the emotional pain of losing a loved one. You will always look back fondly at your loving memories of Larry, and proudly in how you manifested your love and devotion throughout his life and during his hour of need. Our deepest sympathies go out to you at this time of loss.


    Bill Mitchell & Bob Santin

  4. Tim Brown said,

    07.24.11 at 8:39 pm

    Very sorry for your loss. It was an honor to know Larry. He has touch many lives and will not be forgotten.
    Our prayers are with you.
    God Bless
    Tim Brown & family

  5. Anthony Moscato said,

    07.25.11 at 2:50 pm

    Dear Michael & Family,

    Please accept my deep and sincere sympathy on your loss. His obituary says it all. I can tell he was a wonderful husband, Father and Grandfather. I know no words can ease your pain, but know thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. He is truly with God.

    Anthony Moscato
    East Haven Fire Marshal

  6. Sheila Masterson said,

    07.25.11 at 3:22 pm

    My deepest sympathies for your loss. His legacy…his wonderful family. You will carry him in your hearts forever.

    With prayers going your way, I remain,

    Sheial Masterson
    WASSD and GDDC

  7. Spiro & Debbie Protopsaltis said,

    07.25.11 at 10:25 pm

    Michael, Anthony & Family:

    We are so sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have known your Dad. We missed him each winter while he was in Florida and looked forward to his (and Affa’s) return. We will all miss seeing his warm smile at the restaurant. Larry made us feel like family and for that we thank him. He will always be in our hearts and never forgotten.


    Spiro & Debbie Protopsaltis
    & The Hamden Townhouse family

  8. Hope Leoni said,

    07.26.11 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Gloria,
    I extend my sincere sympathy upon Larry’s death to you and your family. May your memories bring you peace in the coming days.
    Hope Adley Leoni

  9. John Zyrlis said,

    07.27.11 at 10:33 am

    Michael, Ted:

    Our deepest and most sincere sympathy is extended by all of us at TPA with the news of your father’s passing. Our prayers and best wishes are sent to you and your entire family.


    John Zyrlis

  10. Lily Banzuela Filipponi-Beurer said,

    07.27.11 at 1:16 pm

    July 25, 2011

    My heartfelt sympathy to the entire Schaffer family. Being the youngest of the C.A. White troupe, your loss is my loss for he was such a great spirit. Having known him and being given the short privileged time of knowing him gave me such great pleasure and pride. He reminded me so much of my dad. A very loving father. His love and pride of his children and those around him makes one feel such comfort like a bright light shines endlessly. With such warm and welcoming smile.

    I have loved calling him “Mr. Lawrence” I am deeply saddened by his passing. What a great father and grand-father. He made such an impact in my personal being and for that I shall hold a special place in my heart for him for as long as I live. I will smile when I think of you Mr. Lawrence because I know you are looking down on us with that great big smile of yours.

    With much love and gratitude, Lily B. Filipponi
    Lily Banzuela Filipponi,
    New Haven, Connecticut

  11. Virginia & John Wilkinson said,

    07.30.11 at 9:49 am

    Dear Gloria,
    We send our deep condolences to you and your extended public spirited family from the mountains of Colorado. Sorry we could not be there to pay our respects personally.

    Both Larry and you have inspired many others to serve their communities and their families well, making life better for all around them.

  12. Virginia & John Wilkinson said,

    07.30.11 at 9:52 am

    Dear Gloria,
    We send our deep condolences to you and your extended public spirited family from the mountains of Colorado. Sorry we could not be there to pay our respects personally.

    Both Larry and you have inspired many others to serve their communities and their families well, making life better for all around them.
    Virginia and John

  13. Gerald Kagan said,

    07.31.11 at 7:02 pm

    Gloria, Michael, Ted, Tony & Peter,

    It is with the deepest sadness, that i add my condolences to the many others that i know you have recieved. Larry was a suburb person, one of compassion and goodness. He was an influencial figure in my life,and one that will be very missed. He taught me much, and i fondly recall the many discussions we shared. Sorry I could not be there to pay our respects personally.

    May the memories of his goodness bring peace to you all.

    my very best.


  14. Jeff & June said,

    08.16.11 at 12:08 am

    Dear Gloria, Michael, Ted, Tony & Peter,
    With heartfelt sympathy from the Southwest. Larry was truly a remarkable man, indeed the “Great Oak” of the Schaffer family. People eventually move on, but their memories are forever. Cherish the memories! Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
    All our love,
    June & Jeff