Patrolman Daniel Schaufler

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

21 Comments

  1. Susan Davis

    Sincere condolences for your loss God bless you and your family

  2. Robert&Joyce Leonard

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan was a great supervisor when I worked at Rural Metro and a good person.

  3. Vince and Sharon Uher

    May the Lord be with the whole family at this very sad time

  4. Vince and Sharon Uher

    Our thoughts prayers and sympathies are with you all God bless you

  5. Doreen Gallagher

    Dear Shiela and Kathleen- to your whole family, we are so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.
    Doreen & John Gallagher

  6. Bobby Danelski

    Condolences to his family. My best friend from high school… miss and love you even more.

  7. Rose Cadorna

    Sure we will miss a good friend like you, Dan. May you rest in peace. Condolences to wife Shiela and the rest of the family. We love you both.

  8. RoseMarie Menditto

    Our deepest sympathies to your family. He was a wonderful man and now he’s resting in peace. God bless and keep you all.
    RoseMarie & Joe Menditto

  9. Annie Grimes

    My most sincere sympathies and much love. Dan was such a terrific guy, his time was too short.

  10. Eugene and Donna Groysman

    Dan will forever be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

  11. Joan and Gary Saam

    Sympathy to the family. Will remember living with us when he broke his leg, was like another son. My son, Bobby and him were best bro’s. Their high school time together was always with laughter. We will all miss him.

  12. Juanita Cruz

    Susan, it was such blessing to know you and Dan on your many visits here at HUP. Dan’s enthusiasm, optimism and sense of humor was always evident. He was courageous in his fight with disease and you, Susan, were his guiding force. You always “had his back” and the love you shared between each other will always be a cherished memory to me. I am glad you both were able to utilize our “parking secret”. Please call me if you ever want to talk xoxo

  13. Chris Crawford

    Sheila, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  14. Sharon Woodmancy

    Dear Harold , Linda and the family so sorry to hear about the loss of Danny. May God give you the Strength to go through this time of loss. You are in our prayers. God will see you through. Love Joe and Sharon Woodmancy

  15. Evie Vitali

    Dear Linda, Harold and Gwen,
    Hope you get this because I do not know your address. Gene and I are so sorry. We remember the times we were all living at Ryan Hill. Our condolences to Danny’s family as well.

  16. Aileen Morrin (HUP Rhoads 6)

    My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family! Thinking of you all during this difficult time. It was a pleasure meeting you and caring for Dan. May he rest in peace.

  17. Rich

    RIP

  18. Cathy Chivers

    Sheila
    Just found out about Dan’s passing. God will give you the strength to go through this most difficult time in your life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Please offer my condolences to Dan’s family.I remember all the talks about your fishing ventures and Knifes and Forks. If you ever need anything don’t hesitate to call. Love Cathy Chivers

  19. Robert Belles

    Phyllis and I send our deepest condolences to the entire family.

  20. Sharon Saar

    Harold, Linda, and Qwen
    My deepest condolences. Dan was a big part of my life in high school.
    God Bless.

  21. Mary Jo and John Monahan

    We remember Dan as a very kind young man who wanted nothing more than to become a police officer. Our condolences to all his family. May he rest in peace.

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