Steve “Stefan” Schaffer

Steve "Stefan" Schaffer

Steve (Stefan) Schaffer

December 13, 1939 – October 21, 2017

Steve was born in Judenburg, Austria and came to Canada in 1957, settling in Kitimat, BC where he worked for Alcan and trained as a welder. He was a Charter student of Simon Fraser University, earned a degree in Mathematics and Physics and became a teacher.

After marrying his wife of 45 years, Norma, he was employed in the education field as a teacher, college administrator and apprenticeship counsellor in a number of BC and Yukon communities. Upon retirement, Steve and Norma moved to the old Krebs’ homestead on Highway 97B in Salmon Arm where he began his second career, as a farmer, known for his quality horse hay.

His welding and fabricating skills were often employed to repair or modify neighbours’ machinery and he took great pride in being able to fix ‘almost anything’. He was seldom still and always ready to lend a hand when he saw someone in need of help.

He died doing what he loved best – sitting on the seat of his tractor driving across the fields.

Steve will be greatly missed by Norma and family and friends in Canada and Austria.

A Coffee Drop-In to share memories of Steve (and his favourite desserts!) will be held on Saturday, November 4 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Salvation Army Church, 191 2nd Ave NE (across from the Cenotaph).

If you wish, a donation in Steve’s memory may be made to the Salvation Army’s Lighthouse Shelter, c/o PO Box 505, Salmon Arm, V1E 4N6.

Share memories and condolences online through Steve’s obituary at

Salmon Arm Observer

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