Alexander Schafer

Alexander Schafer

December 1st, 1948 July 21st, 2020

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Obituary for Alexander Schafer

Alexander ‘Al’ Schafer passed away suddenly on July 21st, 2020. He leaves to cherish his memory his sisters, Marj Schafer and Loretta Schafer and their families, as well as nephews, Derrick Schafer and Logan Riddell. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Rosie; brother, Joe Schafer; and nephew, Dustin Riddell. Al was raised and educated in the Schuler area and was employed as a mechanic for a few years prior to his accident. He also helped his father farm. At the age of 26 years, he moved to Medicine Hat and eventually started Paals Accessibilities. He loved to play the accordion and he enjoyed his family and friends. A Celebration of Al’s life will take place on Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 at SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB with Gary W. Goran officiating. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, attendance is limited to 100 people including funeral staff and clergy. Those wishing to do so may watch the service via live webcast by logging into Al’s obituary located at

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    July 28th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel
    1 Dunmore Road SE
    Medicine Hat, AB
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    July 28th, 2020
    Gary W. Goran


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Stan Erika Bertsch

Dear Marj & Loretta,
Our deepest symphathy to you and your families.
Al was a dear friend to anyone he knew, I was happy to have him as a customer for most of my years at the shop. I don't think that there was a time that he came down that he wasn't happy. Always had a funny story to relate, but just plain happy all the time, his conditions never bothered him, always took everything in stride, if he fell down, he got back up. That was the Al that I knew, Al was my go to for accessibility questions and parts. Al was one of those guys that being in a chair never really bothered him, he just found away around it, to get done what needed to be done. It was a shock when Erika & I heard about his accident as I'm sure it was for anyone that knew him. We are all going to miss him dearly, that smile, that laugh, and I know I will miss him wheeling around in his chair under a hoist checking out what I was doing!
Virtual hugs to you and Loretta from both of us.
Stan & Erika
Comment | Posted at 12:11pm via Condolence

Shirley Wagner

Dear Marj and Loretta
My deepest sympathies to you both. Cousin Al always had a welcoming smile and would always have time to stop and chat and chat and chat 😊whenever we would meet. I remember as a young girl when he lived 2 blocks from our house on Riverside. I would end up on his front step many times just chatting away with him and drinking soda he offered me. He never got tired of me stopping by least I hope he didn’t lol. He will be missed.
My hugs to you both. Sorry for the loss of your wonderful brother.
Cousin Shirley
Comment | Posted at 10:38pm via Condolence

Cory Sawchuk

My Sincere Condolence to the family. Al will be greatly missed on the Dialysis Unit! I will miss his smile, sense of humor, love for cars chats and witty Jokes. May you rest in peace!
Comment | Posted at 04:13pm via Condolence

chris berg

Sending my condolences to the family.Al was a caring and loving man and best neighbor a person could ask kids loved him to death.Even made him pictures he hung on his fridge.they would yell out the window whenever they seen him.Saying we love yoy Al.he meant a lot to them.RIP my friend,til we meet again.
Comment | Posted at 03:23pm via Condolence

Tara Watkins

To Marj, Loretta and families
I was so sorry to hear about Al's passing. I bumped into him in a convenience store not that long ago. So glad that I had this last conversation with him. Al was a large part of our lives for many years. He helped my Mom, Fern, to get everything that she needed when she returned from the Foothills Hospital in 1980. She was paralyzed due to MS. Al was a real motivator and he convinced her that she could drive with hand controls and even taught her how to do this in the mall parking lot. This gave her back so much independence that she thought that she had lost forever. Al had a solution for every problem and answered every call. He was a true inspiration for people with disabilities and for those whose disabilities are not visible. He always wore a huge smile and I can still hear his laugh! An absolute true friend to our family and to so many others. He will be greatly missed.
Tara, Rob, Ryan and Ayla Watkins
Comment | Posted at 03:07pm via Condolence

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