Former Vernon Junior Hockey Head Coach Hap Schaefer passed away last weekend.

Ronald Francis Schaefer - Sunday, 24 Jan 2010 Vernon Morning Star Vernon, BC

Ronald (Hap) Schaefer

We regret to announce the passing of Ronald “Hap” Schaefer at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Sunday, January 24, 2010. Hap was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Ruth and is survived by his loving daughter Debbie (Jack) of Quesnel, four sons, Don (Cathy) of Winfield, David of Vernon, Terry (Kerri) of Vernon, and Rob (Judy) of Merritt; thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren; brothers, Frank, Martin and Dennis and sisters Madeline, Doreen and Bernadette.

He was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Beatrice Schaefer and three brothers, Terry, Les and Al and by sister Irene.

Hap was a long time sportsman, coaching the Vernon Blades Jr. Hockey team. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and businessman in Hap’s Midtown service where he was a mechanic.

A Celebration of Hap’s Life will be held on Saturday, January 30 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. Those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Hap may do so to the Bosom Buddies, c/o Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 – 32 Street, Vernon, BC V1T 9Z9 or to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506 – 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. Louis Boucher, nursing staff VJH third floor, and a heart-felt thanks to “Nurse Next Door” Brenda, Susan and Sally.