The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 29, 2014

Robert T. Schaffner Jr., 77, Clarksville, Tenn.


The Daily Item

— CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Robert Thomas Schaffner, Jr., 77, of Clarksville, Tenn., died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at home.

Born in Sunbury, Pa., January 9, 1937, he was the eldest son of Robert T. Schaffner Sr. and Sarah (Rupp) Schaffner. He is survived by two daughters, Melissa Anne Schaffner, of Clarksville and Melanie Beth Schaffner, of Glen Burnie, Md.   He is also survived by sisters Patti Kline, of Salt Lake City, Utah and L. Sue Ammon, of Sunbury, and brother Terry Schaffner, of Dalmatia, Pa.

A 1954 graduate of Sunbury High School, Schaffner attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa., after service in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957.

Following completion of courses at the Navy School of Music, he played saxophone, clarinet and flute in fleet bands and orchestrated musical arrangements. He was president of the Lancaster PA Local of the American Federation of Musicians in the 1960s. He was a member of the Mal Arter Orchestra in Sunbury, traveled the nation with the Sammy Stevens Orchestra in 1958 and was a member of the Bing Miller Big Band in Baltimore in the 1970s and 1980s.

Schaffner was news director and announcer at several central PA radio stations, including WKOK, WCNR, WJUN, WBPZ, and WPAM, from 1958 to 1964. He worked as a business editor and city hall reporter for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal and the Lancaster Sunday News in 1965.

He was employed as a city planner in Lancaster from 1966 to 1968, and was executive director of the Lancaster Parking Authority and the Harrisburg Parking Authority from 1969 to 1977. Schaffner became director of the Baltimore Off-Street Parking Commission in 1977, and then served as Chief of Parking Management until 1993.

In 1995-1996, he was vice president of operations for Worldwide Parking Inc. in Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico City, Mexico; and Seoul, Korea, and in 1997 was a senior planner in the Washington, DC, office of Desman Associates, a New York architect-engineering firm. Schaffner was executive director of the Albany NY Parking Authority from 1997 to 2004, and lived in Delaware while working as executive consultant for Chance Management Advisors in Philadelphia 2004-2006. He was president of the International Municipal Parking Congress in 1982-1983.

Schaffner was managing director of the Maryland division of Nashville’s Marta Technologies in 1994 and was responsible for construction of 19 auto emissions environmental testing stations in Maryland for Marta.

After retirement in 2006, Schaffner’s sideline enthusiasm for music became full time when he played saxophone and wrote arrangements for five jazz big bands and two community concert bands in the Wilmington DE area.  He moved to Clarksville in 2009 to be close to his daughter Melissa.

Visitation was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home in Clarksville, TN.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin Street, Clarksville, TN 37040, 931-645-7699, or to National Public Radio (NPR), Dept. 6054, Washington, DC 20042-6054.

Arrangements entrusted to Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, 1510 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040; (931) 645-6488. Online condolences may be made at www.neal-tarpley.com.