Bruce Max Shaffer of Brookfield, Ohio, passed away at 5:18 PM Wednesday (8-13-2008) in the Sharon Regional Health Care System following a lengthy illness. He was 70. Mr. Shaffer was very proud of the fact that he was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on December 25, 1937, a Christmas baby, a son of Max L. and Mary L. (Black) Shaffer. A 1955 graduate from Brookfield High School, Bruce furthered his education by attending classes at Youngstown State University. He worked at the United Natural Gas Company, Taylor Winfield, Westinghouse Electric, and in 1999, he retired from Delphi Packard after 29 years as a pipefitter. During the 1970's, Bruce was an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scout Troop # 62, Brookfield, and during the late 1960's, he taught guitar lessons at Kings Music, Sharon. Bruce was a man of many talents and loves. He enjoyed writing poetry, woodworking, carving, and spending time in his flower gardens. He was well known for his building and marksmanship with muzzle loading rifles. He was an avid hunter & fisherman. He played many musical instruments and enjoyed attending as many blue grass festivals as he could, playing with the "Grass Stains Band". Most of all, family was important to him. He was a devoted husband to the love of his life for 50 years, Kathryn (Creed) Shaffer, whom he married October 12, 1957; a loving father to his sons, Bruce A. "Bud" Shaffer & his wife Maria, Yankee Lake, OH, Dale R. "Chip" Shaffer & his wife Kathleen, Brookfield, and his daughter, Melissa L. "Missy" Mensurati & her husband Jerry, Brookfield; a doting grandfather to his grandchildren, Jessica Shaffer, Emily Mensurati, and Josh Hamder; and big brother to his sister, Barbara A. Marsh & her husband William, Colorado Springs, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday (8-18-2008) at the Lane Funeral Homes, Madasz Chapel, Brookfield, with Rev. Dan Cesene, officiating. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4-7 PM. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Hermitage, Pennsylvania. As an expression of sympathy, the family suggests contributions can be made to the Tri-County Autism Society, 1749 Raccoon Rd., Austintown, Ohio 44515. Family & Friends can send condolences to www.madaszchapel.com.