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Brian Shafer

February 2, 2009

Brian G. Shafer, 55

Oakland, CA - Brian G. Shafer, 55, of Oakland, California died February 2, 2009 at the John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California surrounded by his loving family and friends.

Born in Troy, New York, he was the son of the late John and Rita (Kelly) Shafer. Brian was a 1971 graduate of LaSalle Institute in Troy and graduated from Siena College in 1976. Upon completion of his degree, he was employed by Rosen Michaels as comptroller. He was currently employed as a Project Manager at the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley. Prior to that he was the Director of Computer Services at the College of Business at California State University at Long Beach and at the Marshall School of Business at USC and the co-owner of Shafer Hobby in Albany. He traveled to Africa in 1994 to help set up a computer system in Kenya. He also worked as a consultant on web site design.

Brian was devoted to his family and friends. He is survived by his brother, John W. Shafer and his wife, Barbara B. Shafer of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and his sister, Mary Ellen Scott and her husband, Gary W. Scott of Hoosick Falls, NY. He was the beloved uncle of Courtney (Frank) Kalinowski of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Betsy (Damian) Vernon of Leesburg, Virginia, Jenny Shafer of Saratoga Springs, NY and Kiersten Scott of San Ramon, California. He was the cherished nephew of the late Edward J. Kelly and friend to the late Thelma J. Riggs, both of Troy, New York. Also survived by his dear circle of friends, Brian's extended family, in New York, Colorado and California.

A memorial service will be held in February in Long Beach, California, and in Troy in the spring. The North Star Rescue Association of California will hold a memorial dinner in his honor in March.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sierra Club Member Services 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105-3441, American Diabetes Association 7 Washington Square Albany, NY 12205 and Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society 3 Oakland Avenue Menands, NY 12204.

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