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Joseph Henry "Joe" Shafer

July 6, 1958 - March 12, 2021

Joseph Henry Shafer, age 62 of Brunswick Forest in Leland, NC passed away, Friday March 12, 2021 at his home.

Joe is survived by his wife, Donna Baiata; son, Christopher and his partner Kat; daughter, Gina and husband Daniel; and grandchildren, Emery and Noah.
Brothers, Bob and Jeanette Shafer, Matt and Lucretia Shafer; sisters, Robin Shafer Cefalo and Andrew Cefalo, Kim Shafer Moore and Terry Moore, Christine Shafer Vojt and Fred Vojt, Jeri Shafer Losauro and Joe Losauro, and Lori DiMeola; mother in law Loretta Bertini; brothers in law, Scott and Debbie Bertini, Brian Bertini, Stephen and Michelle Bertini; sisters in law Selene Fatigate, Susan and Mike Gaffney; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and his special new puppy, “Brielle”.

Joe was born in Passaic, NJ on July 6, 1958 and grew up in Rutherford, New Jersey. He spent his career as a manager in the Lawn Care Industry. His passion was music, family , nature and loved watching reruns of old comedy shows on television. His knowledge of music was incredible. Another great past time was treating everyone to what he thought was funny and humerous, but with a dry sarcastic humor.

He was a very special man who loved his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters and all of his extended family members. He always kept in touch in everyone in his family and with his friends. He was passionate and displayed unwavering determination to get better after becoming sick six years ago. He never let it show and was always positive even with all of the difficulties he experienced. He had his own regular physical therapy routine he followed. Joe is loved by all of us so very much and he will be incredibly and truly missed.

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