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“Condolences to the Shaffer family. ”
1 of 5 | Posted by: Kathe Bannigan

“Deepest sympathy to Joan, Alison, and the entire Shaffer family.Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Selena Elkins - Jericho, NY

“Dean was a good friend to the Kavanagh family and a dedicated public servant. I enjoyed serving as a firefighter with him. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: John Kavanagh - Friend

“My deepest condolence to all the family member and also to Joshua and Family ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Nick yusuf - new hyde park, NY

“May almighty God grant His love to Dean, and great mercy and love to the family ! Rev. Edmund J Doyle, Dept Chaplain, M-LFD ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Rev Edmund Doyle - Little Neck, NY


Dean was born in Brooklyn on December 6, 1938. He lived in Jamaica Estates for 5 years before moving to Great Neck. He went to Lakeville School and Great Neck South High School. After graduating, he enlisted into the Coast Guard Reserve and served for 20 years. He received his Funeral Director's License from American McAllister Institute and joined the family owned Shaffer Funeral Home in Little Neck, N.Y. Dean met Joan at Zion Episcopal Church and were married there on September 9, 1961. He served on the Vestry of Zion Church and maintained the church records for many years. Dean joined the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department Company #4 and served for over 58 years. During his time of service, Dean held the positions of Treasurer, Sergeant of Arms, Vice President and President. He was the most devoted husband to Joan, and father to baby Karen(deceased), Alison and Janine. A loving granddad to Lauren Joan, Dean Thomas and Cole Harrison. He always enjoyed the company of his sons-in-law Josh and Tom. They had many laughs together. Dean truly lived every day of his life for his family. He was also well loved by his family, friends and community. Dean gave selflessly to everyone who needed him and will be dearly missed. We should celebrate Dean's life and remember the special times we had with him.

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