Mr. Kenneth Shaffer

Mr. Kenneth Cornell Edward "Dempsey" Shaffer

Monday, June 4th, 1973 - Thursday, November 5th, 2020
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Kenneth Shaffer

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Cornell Edward “Dempsey” Shaffer, age 47, on November the 5th, 2020. He was born on June 4th, 1973 and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

He was predeceased by his father Edward Shaffer and brother Richard Shaffer.

He is survived by his daughters Daytona and Dalainee and their mother Danielle Wood, mother Terttu Viitasaari, siblings Peter Viitasaari, Monica (Mark) Wilson, Henry Viitasaari, Frank Shaffer and J.P. Shaffer and nieces Jessica Wilson (Matty Furioso) and Sarah Lepage (Johnny Lepage); his special friend Jessica Robertson (Alexis and Heath) who cared for him to the end; his Dryden family “Chuck” Shaffer, Kimberly Roy (Shaffer) and Wade Roy, Christopher Shaffer, Shelley Kiewning (Shaffer) and Ken Kiewning, Ricki-Lee Helbling (Kiewning) and Ryan Helbling, Cara-Marie Helbling and Rob Shaffer and Janet Shaffer, Daniel Shaffer and Kelsey Shaffer. Along, with numerous extended family members and friends in Canada and Finland.

“Dempsey”, as he was known, was the last child of Terttu Viitasaari who came from Ruona, Kuortane, Finland. >From the very beginning, it was obvious that he loved fishing. He spent countless hours plumbing the watery depths of many inland lakes and rivers in Northwestern Ontario, Southern Ontario and even in Florida! He was NEVER happier then, when he was fishing. This is what prompted him to attend Fleming College to become an Aquaculture Technician and for 15 years followed his passion driving everyday to the Dorion Fish Hatchery.

Dempsey never let his illness define him. Through his appointments and set backs, he attended many 5K,10K marathons and cross country skiing events with his daughters. He always advocated for and participated in community fundraising events, with a smile.

Besides fishing and running, Dempsey loved hunting, Golf Frisbee with his brother Henry (there was even a special Dempsey basket on their favourite course in B.C.) and spent countless hours testing his metal against the most impossible games and puzzles.

Donations can be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and in addition to that...go fishing.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Simpler Times Cremation Centre, 332 North May Street, Thunder Bay.

He was loved.
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Darrell Auld

Posted at 09:08am
"A man is never at peace except when his fishing pole is in his hand." (Irish saying, modern).

Elaine Lynch

Posted at 03:55pm
I have posted a few pics of Dempsey the dedicated skier. I have such fond memories of getting to know him on the trails, hearing his family story, about his love for Delaney and Daytona, great young women of whom he was so proud. Dempsey focused intensely and set goals for his skiing. He was a member of our “Para”normal Activity” team in the ski-lay at Lappe. When he crossed the finish line with Delaney at the Sleeping Giant Loppett, it was such a wonderful moment. I learned a lot from Dempsey; about effort, courage, determination (and how herons work together to rob fish from the hatchery Lolol) Big hugs to you all. Let’s all do a few laps on the trails this winter in his memory.

Tony Prudori Isc

Posted at 10:15am
Condolences to the family on your loss - take care of yourselves during this tragic time.

Tony Prudori
Thunder Bay

Jean Wilson

Posted at 07:32pm
Condolences to Dempsey's family, relatives and friends. Dempsey was an all round nice guy and an interesting person to talk to. It is a real shame to lose him at such a young age.

Tammy Atwood

Posted at 10:34am
My deepest condolences to his children and his family. I went to high school with Dempsey he was a great guy who always made me laugh. I am saddened to hear of his passing. Your all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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