In Loving Memory of

Jacob (Jack) Schafer


Born in Salvador, Saskatchewan on January 16, 1937 and passed away peacefully in Vernon on February 19, 2012.


Jack was the youngest of 15 children and farmed with his family until he was 16 years old. He moved to Saskatoon in 1953 and started his first career in grocery retail. In 1958 he was married to Joan Zoller and soon after started a family. In 1974 he moved his wife and 5 children (Garth, Karen, Corinne, Carla, Janice) to Vernon.  There he started his second career in retail gifts at Boutique Canadiana.  He retired in 1999 after 25 years in the business. In his retirement years he traveled extensively and did mission work in 4 countries. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. Throughout his life he was dedicated to his church community and was involved with the Knights of Columbus, Schubert Centre and Gateby. Music played a very important role in his whole life. He was gifted with an ear for music and played many instruments. He was most gifted with the saxophone; recorded CD’s and was played on the radio.

He was predeceased by his wife Joan in 2003.  He married Maria in 2004 and enjoyed his remaining years wintering in Arizona.


Prayers will be held at St James’ Church on Monday, February 27 at 5:00 pm.

The Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Valley Church on Tuesday, February 28 at 11:00 am.


Those wishing to do so may make a donation to the North Okanagan Hospice Society in honour of Jack.

Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.

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