Derek J. Schafer

June 11, 2012

CLAYTON, N.Y.    Derek J. Schafer, 23, of James Street, died Sunday, June 10, at his home.

Calling hours will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jun 14, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, at River Community Church, Clayton.

Born Feb. 25, 1989, in Watertown, a son of John N. "Jack" Schafer Jr. and Laura J. Paro Schafer, he attended Thousand Islands Central schools. 

A marriage to Heather Denner ended in separation.

He had been a route driver for Gold Cup Farms and was an auto body repairman for Phinn's Fender & Body Shop, both in Clayton. 

He was a member of River Community Church. 

Derek enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, four-wheeling, and was an avid outdoorsman. 

He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Besides his parents, both of Clayton, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Jean E. Schafer, Clayton; his son, John N. Schafer, Plessis; a brother, Jacob R. Burns; a sister, Alicia M. Schafer, both of Clayton; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

His paternal grandfather, John N. "Jack" Schafer, Sr., died June 9, 2002, his maternal grandmother, Janice M. Card, died in 1984, and his cousin, Jeffery P. Schafer, died May 9, 2004.

Donations in his name may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Information provided by Cummings Funeral Service and, Watertown