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John Mark Shaffer
  • Donations in John's honor can be made to a memorial fund at
  • www.gofundme.com/shaffermemorial

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“John was the call you wanted to take. John was the guy you hoped to have time to grab lunch with. John Shaffer gave us the technical advice we...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Pete and Tracey Lang - Bluffton, SC

“Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. There are no words.....you are in my heart and prayers! Sending love your way. ”
2 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Hamilton Smith - Charleston, SC

“I did not have the privilege of knowing John, but as a fellow dog lover, my heart breaks for his wife and family at the tragic loss of John and...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Valerie Deacon - Staunton, VA

“Ann, I'm so very sorry to hear about John. I've been thinking about you so much this week. Kristen ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Kristen Dill - Takoma Park, MD

“I am so saddened to hear of John Mark's tragic passing. I taught him third grade, and I remember him being a very kind person and serious student. ...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Andra Borrell - Staunton, VA

“I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to your family for your loss. God is near to the broken hearted and those who are crushed in spirit. ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: A D

“Although it has been 20 years or more, I remember well John and Dan coming in for beers and laughs during my waiting tables days at Dunleavy's Pub. ...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“Ann: Pam and I are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will be keeping you and your family in our thoughts. Bernie Dill ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Bernard Dill - Ashland, NE

“For John's family - I've know John in a professional capacity for at least 18 years. I've had the privilege of working with him on different issues...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Mary Shahid - Charleston, SC

“Pearl and I ran into John and Harvey on our walk around the neighborhood just before you left for NC. I'm so glad we stopped to let the dogs play and...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Kat Hendrix - Charleston, SC

“Ann, I can't tell you how broken my heart is to hear of your loss. There are no words adequate enough to convey my heartfelt sympathies to you and...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: A friend

“We were hiking that day and the sadness of this day we will never forget. We are praying for you Ann and your family that God will wrap his arms...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Michelle Berry - SC

“Ann, we are so very sorry for your loss. Sending love to you and your family - Bob and Ginger Sutton ”
13 of 26 | Posted by: Bob and Ginger Sutton - SC

“Dear Ann,We are very sadden by your lose. It was very tragic to lose John and Harvey at a place you expected to bring you peace and joy. Words cannot...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Joni Pavlik - Pisgah Forest, NC

“Our deepest condolences and prayers to everyone in the loss of John and Harvey. Our prayers are with you all in the dark days ahead. May God bring...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Donna Harmon - Acquaintance

“Susie. So very sorry to learn of your sons death. I have an Australian Shepherd and would do anything to save her. They are the best companions. All...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: John Teets

“I am devastated by the news of John's accident and have had the family in my thoughts since. I have found myself over the last few days both lost in...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Rob Erda - Charles City, VA

“My sincere condolences. I remember watching John Mark and all his boy cousins during summers on Mascoma Lake, NH. Hoping that memories of fun times...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Lori Essenberg - Charleston, SC

“It is so hard to think that John is not out somewhere brightening up the world. He was such a likable and positive person with a sincere passion for...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Elizabeth Kress - Pinopolis, SC

“MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ANN LADSON AND JOHN'S FAMILY ON THE SUDDEN AND TRAGIC LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED HUSBAND, SON, BROTHER, AND FRIEND. WORDS ARE...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: ANN BAILEY KING - FOLLY BEACH, SC

“Even though I do not know this family personally, John story really touched and broke my heart. I was just up at this place last month for my 60 bday...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Cindy RAWLS - North Charleston, SC

“Sending prayers for comfort and peace in this time of tragic loss. There are no words to convey your heartbreak. ”
22 of 26 | Posted by: Jane Hammond - Staunton - Teacher

“I didn't know John but I wish I had. He must have been a wonderful person. I was reminded of what Jesus once said, that greater love has no man than...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Linda Roark - Columbia, TN

“My sincere condolences to John's friends and family. God rest his soul. ”
24 of 26 | Posted by: Bird Lynch - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers are with you and his family! ”
25 of 26 | Posted by: April (Lyle) Martin - CA

“So sorry for your loss! ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: April (Lyle) Martin - CA


On June 23rd, 2018, John Mark Shaffer of Charleston, SC tragically passed away while attempting to rescue his dog, Harvey, in the Horsepasture River above Rainbow Falls, Pisgah, NC. Mr. Shaffer was born on August 25th, 1972 in Waynesboro, Virginia and spent his childhood outside of Staunton, Virginia. John graduated from Buffalo Gap High School in 1990 and went on to receive a BA in Environmental Science from University of Virginia in 1994, where he was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. An avid cyclist whose favorite days included a morning ride on the trail, John adored the outdoors and was a committed environmental steward. John married Ann Ladson Stafford on May 19th, 2012 in the village of Rockville, SC on Wadmalaw Island. Everyone who knew John agrees that the six years he spent married to Ann Ladson were his happiest. John started his own marina and waterfront development consultancy, Shfr, four years ago and is highly regarded throughout his field. He was a skilled draftsman and talented artist, gifting family and friends meticulous illustrations of the things they cared about most. Above all, John Shaffer lived a life emblematic of the values we all strive to uphold; unyielding generosity, fierce loyalty and compassion for anyone who crossed his path.

John is survived by his wife, Ann Ladson Stafford, his mother, Susan Bray Shaffer of Staunton, VA and his brother, Daniel James Shaffer of Staunton, VA. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Best Shaffer.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 14th, 2018 from 10am-1pm at the Sea Island Yacht Club in Rockville, SC. Donations in John's honor can be made to a memorial fund at www.gofundme.com/shaffermemorial or to Transylvania County Rescue Squad www.transylvaniacountyrescue.com/donate.