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Name: Tommy Shaffer
Died: 2013-02-13 (Age:81)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, USA
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Haky Funeral Home, Uniontown, PA Obituary:
- Tommy Shaffer, 81, born Jan. 14, 1932, passed away from heart failure on Valentine's Eve, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Uniontown. As a decorated Army soldier serving in Korea from 1952-1954, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Marksmanship Medal and Good Conduct Medal. While serving his country, he became the All-Army Middleweight Boxing Champion at 38-0. Subsequently, he won the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves Championships six times, having 256 amateur fights and later 56 pro fights all over the U.S. beating the No. 1 contender of the world, Doyle Baird, after Baird obtained a draw in Italy against World Champion Nino Benvenuti and went the distance (10 rounds) against four-time World Champion of four weight divisions, Esteban de Jesus. Tommy's true passion was children, and he operated a boys club for 52 consecutive years free of charge, that touched many youth, some of which had risen to world champion status, Sugar Ray Leonard, Boom Boom Mancini, Buster Douglas, Michael Moorer and Paul Spadafore. He also helped raise money for more than 100 organizations which directly involved the likes of Mayor Caliguiri, W.Va. Senator John Raese, Franco Harris, to high school football associations, bridge clubs.... And finally, he hosted the 1988 East Coast Olympic Boxing Championships, was roasted by Sugar Ray Leonard, and honored by Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas at the Golden Glove Championships where he represented Pennsylvania as Coach of the Year. Tom was a member of St. Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church, the VFW, and had been a member of American Legion Post 51 and countless other organizations. Tommy was a barber, and generously contributed gratis services to the elderly at Mt. Macrina Nursing Home and the County Home for more than 20 years.