David George Sheafer
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Salisbury, MA - Dave would like everyone to know his term as Salisbury Beach's ambassador has come to an end. While he thoroughly enjoyed greeting everyone that came into the Salisbury Discount House at Salisbury Beach as either "Captain" or "Sunshine"- the store he and his wife have run for 50 years, he has been offered a position he can't refuse from a place he will not be returning. His wife and family will continue their 50 year tradition of welcoming people to the beach although replacing his heart and smile will be impossible.
Dave cared most about his family, his friends and his business. He was so proud of being born and raised in Pottsville, Pa. and would talk about his childhood fondly. Dave was a story teller and would regale anyone who pulled up a chair next to him with the adventures he enjoyed thru-out his life, whether as a young boy scrabbling for coal off the railroad tracks behind his house, his isolated tour in Korea during his Air Force service which he took great pride in, hustling for bargains for the store, being a founding and lifetime member of the Methuen Exchange Club or his adventures at Foxwoods. He will also be greatly missed by all the 4-legged friends that came for a visit and a treat on their daily walks. We expect that he will be sharing his stories in heaven while driving around in his favorite vintage Lincoln Continental.
He leaves the love of his life, his wife Sandra Giordano Sheafer, his life and business partner for 55 years; his son, David E. Sheafer, his daughter, Lisa Newman, her husband, Michael Newman and their two children; his grandsons, Michael and Christopher who were his favorite apprentices at the store and the source of his greatest pride and joy. He was predeceased by his parents David L. and Anna Nojohnus Sheafer.
He leaves us with these Daveisms: Always have an emergency $20 in your wallet, never travel with less than ½ tank of gas, look people in the eye, work hard, if you are 5 minutes early you are on time and if you are on time you are late, and greet everyone with a smile.
In lieu of flowers, Dave would be proud to have donations made in his name to either the Salisbury Beach Partnership Carousel Fund at 98 Elm St, Salisbury, MA 01952 or Methuen Exchange Club, Inc at P.O. Box 1008, Methuen, MA 01844.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Church of the Holy Family Parish, 18 Beach Road, Salisbury. There will be no visiting hours and burial will be private for the family. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport.
Published on February 13, 2020


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Paula and Dwight Cornwell
Feb 16, 2020
We are very very sorry to hear of Dave's Passing. Please let your Memorys keep him in your HEART .
Sandy , We will always remember the night we were walking Behind the two of you on your walk home.
You and Dave were HOLDING HANDS.
After a Very Long Day at the Store.
When we saw you on our next trip up
from Worcester we commented on what we had Witnessed that Night
you answered that no matter what type of DAY that you had .
That pretty much says how much you two are in LOVE
Heaven has a New Angel
Please Rest In Peace David
Thank you for a Job
With Love
Paula and Dwight Cornwell
Worcester Massachusetts
Lisa Stauffer Baker
Feb 15, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I will always walk through the door of the DIscount House with warm memories of your Husband, Dad, Grandfather.
May your love for each other and happy memories help you feel a little better each day.
Roger & Darlene jette
Feb 15, 2020
One of the nicest families down there very sweet man every time I went in I have a sister with several palsy and he always treated her like she was a queen open up the doors come on in and open his heart up he will be greatly missed ...my sister will miss him a lot Sincerely the Jette’s
Ron Schwartz
Feb 13, 2020
Dear Sandy , Lisa and family, my sincerest condolences on the passing of David. He was truly one of the nicest honest a pleasant people to deal with. I always considered him someone to call and chat with when I needed a different perspective. He was one heck of a guy and look forward to seeing him in Heaven one day where I am sure he will meet me with his inimitable smile and have a good story to share. Sincerely. Ron S.
Sandra & Michael Letizio
Feb 13, 2020
With our deepest sympathy for the loss of. your husband and dad, We are summer residents at Salisbury Beach and we were always welcomed to the store with his great smile and personality. So sorry for your loss. Sincerely the Letizio Family
Todd Cassista (Mutual Sales Driver)
Feb 13, 2020
Dave will be missed 20+plus seasons of seeing his smiling face . One of the nicest men I have ever met. He always had time for you to talk while he listened. Always treated me with respect and I am grateful to have met him. To his family my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your Husband, Father and Grandfather was a wonderful man.
Sue Sciuto
Feb 13, 2020
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing..Salisbury will not be the same without him.
Ed and Barbara Zraket
Feb 13, 2020
We are very sorry to hear of David’s passing Sandy.