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CORRECTION: Public Works Director Dave Shaffer Died Saturday

Few details are available, but a township employee confirmed that Shaffer passed away over the weekend.

UPDATE: [1/29/13; 12:50 p.m.] A release issued by Lower Providence Township contained information correcting an earlier report that Public Works Director David Shaffer died on Sunday, Jan 27. Shaffer actually passed away suddenly on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The township issued the following statement in response to the news:

"Lower Providence Township Board of Supervisors and Staff wish to express our deep sorrow over the sudden passing of Public Works Director David H. Shaffer Jr. on January 26, 2013. Dave served Lower Providence Township and its residents for over 27 years. He inspired us with his untiring dedication and genuine love for his work. His big heart and gentle spirit will be sorely missed."

Patch will continue to update this story as more information and Shaffer's obituary are made available.

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Original story:

A late night posting on local blog Lower Providence Out Loud, noted the passing of Lower Providence Public Works Director Dave Shaffer over the weekend.

According to the blog, Shaffer died suddenly on Sunday, Jan. 27. A township employee confirmed the news, but an official release was not available as of this posting.  

"I was sorry to hear of the sudden passing of a longtime fixture in Lower Providence, Public Works director Dave Shaffer on Sunday, January 27," wrote Janice Kearney in the blog post. "He was always kind, patient and gracious, and will be very much missed."

Read more here.

Norristown Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Patti M. January 29, 2013 at 03:35 PM
What a tragic loss for everyone!...David was a soft spoken, well intentioned, mild mannered gentle giant who would go the extra mile for you. He was a past co-worker and dear friend of the family for many years. Our condolences go out to his daughters, his grandchildren, his parents and all of the Lower Providence Township family. This man will truly be missed by many. RIP David!.....The Myers Family
Carole Spiller January 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
I'm in shock! David was one of the nicest people I knew, and he always went out of his way to help our Optimist Club at township events. Don and I send our sympathies to his family and co-workers. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. R.I.P. David, and may God bless your family........Don and Carole Spiller
John Conlow January 30, 2013 at 09:08 PM
I had the pleasure of working with Dave for two years. He was a mentor and a friend. God Bless him and his family.

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