Herbert J. Schafer Sr., a retired businessman and avid gardener, died Feb. 17 of colon cancer at his Baldwin home. He was 81.
Mr. Schafer was born in Baltimore and raised on his family's Rosedale farm. He attended St. Clement Mary Hofbauer parochial school in Rosedale.
From 1950 to 1965, Mr. Schafer owned and operated Schafer's Grocery Store in Highlandtown.
In 1965, he purchased Herb & Nipper's Maple Inn, a bar and restaurant on Philadelphia Road.
In the late 1970s, he left the restaurant business and established Quality Paving Co., which specialized in paving parking lots and driveways. He retired in 1995 from the business, which is still family-owned and -operated.
Mr. Schafer enjoyed hunting and fishing and planting a large vegetable garden. He also owned several sulky racehorses.
The longtime Rosedale resident, who moved to Baldwin in 1995, was a former communicant of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Roman Catholic Church.
Since 1995, he had been a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hydes.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday at St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Mary Telljohann; two sons, Herbert J. Schafer Jr. of Parkton and Michael Schafer of Queenstown; two daughters, Christine Dalton and Colleen Lyons, both of Baldwin; a sister, Audrey Weigard of Frederick; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.