Patrolman Daniel Schaufler, Scranton, passed away Monday in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after a courageous battle with cancer. His wife of eleven years is the former Sheila Bozym Giles.
Born in Taylor, he was the son of Harold and Linda Springer Schaufler of Moosic. He was a graduate of Western Wayne High School. Upon graduation, Dan devoted his life to public service. He became an EMT/Paramedic working for Donahue Ambulance Services and later served as Operations Manager for Rural Metro Medical Services. In the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, Dan immediately volunteered as a first responder and reported to the scene. Realizing his capacity for public service had yet to be fully realized, Dan attended the Act 120 Program at Lackawanna Junior College and honorably served the citizens of the City of Scranton as a Patrolman for 16 years. Dan loved to sketch and paint and would often present his art as gifts to friends and family.
Dan’s children were his greatest gift and he cherished his time with them. His passion was spending time with his wife Sheila; but they lived for the hours they spent on the lake fishing. His sense of humor was unmatched and he was a true friend and mentor to many. He particularly loved the time he spent as a counselor at Marley’s Mission.
Also surviving are sons Damon and Noah and their mother Darlene Schaufler all of Scranton; step-son James Giles and his wife Alison of Washington, DC; a step-daughter Kathleen Williams and her husband Dan of Aberdeen, NJ; sister Gwen Marie Grier and her husband Kevin of Scranton; grandchildren Libby, Daniel and Westin; numerous nieces and nephews.
All attending the funeral are invited to go directly to the church.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30am in the Cathedral of Saint Peter 315 Wyoming Ave. Scranton by Msgr. Thomas M. Muldowney, V.G.
Friends may call Sunday from 2-6pm in the Theater at Lackawanna College 501 Vine Street, Scranton.
Casket Watch and Honor Guard services will be rendered by the Scranton Police Department Funeral Detail.
Cremation will follow in the Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Ash St. Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions be made in Dan’s honor to Marley’s Mission 2150 Port Royal Rd. Clarks Summit, PA 18411 To share a memory or to express your condolences to the family please visit