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placeholder February 18, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 4   •   Oakland, CA
Rev. William Schafer, SDB

Rev. William Schafer, SDB, a former principal at Salesian High School in Richmond, died Feb. 2 in San Gabriel, California. He was 81.

Born in Oakland, Father Schafer attended the Salesian Junior Seminary in Richmond for high school. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1961. His only assignment in the Oakland Diocese was as principal and vice principal at Salesian High School in Richmond from 1968 to 1972. However, he did return to the diocese during the 1985-86 school year for a sabbatical stay at Don Bosco Hall in Berkeley. During his time there he ministered to young people in trouble at the youth facility in Martinez.

From 1962 to 1968 and again from 1972 to 1985 Rev. Schafer served as a teacher and administrator at Don Bosco Technical Institute, an all-male high school in Rosemead, California, also known as Bosco Tech. He served as president of the school from 1979 through 1985. For a total of 14 years he was executive director (1987 to 1991) and then returned as a fundraiser (1997 to 2007) at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. From 1991 to 1997 he served the provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco in the western United States. He retired in 2010 to Bosco Tech where he remained active in the school's outreach efforts.

The funeral Mass was held Feb. 7 at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead. Burial was at Salesian Cemetery in Richmond.

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