John E. Schaefer, 93, a founding member of the Noyac Golf Club who lived for 50 years in Noyac’s Northampton summer colony, died on April 13 at North Shore Hospital. He had been on kidney dialysis for the past 19 months.
A native of Blue Point, where he grew up, Mr. Schaefer learned to golf as a caddie at the Rockville Links Club in Rockville Centre. He played throughout his life, past his 90th birthday.
He was born on Sept. 1, 1919, into what relatives called “a traditional German family.” An uncle owned the Blue Point Inn, and another family member ran Schmidt’s Bake Shop in Patchogue. Walter L. Schaefer and the former Elizabeth Kurz were his parents.
Mr. Schaefer graduated from Southside High School in Rockville Centre in 1936. After Pearl Harbor was attacked he joined the Army and fought in the Philippines, and served again during the Korean War, rising to the rank of lieutenant.
His career was in banking, first with the Bank of Rockville Centre Trust Company, then with Chemical Bank and J. P. Morgan Chase. He retired in 1977.
After the war, he married the former Mary D. Lucas. They spent the early years of their marriage in Rockville Centre, while Mr. Schafer attended the New York Institute of Finance. As he established himself in the industry, the family moved to Brookville, on the North Shore. He delighted in watching the Meadowbrook Hunt ride by their house there every Thanksgiving.
The Schaefers also had a house in Hillsboro Beach, Fla.
In 1960, Mr. Schaefer went shopping for a boat at the Noyac Marina, and the owner of the marina sold him the house in Northampton instead. The year after, at a meeting of the Southampton Elks Club, the Noyac Golf Club was formed. Financing for the new venture was very tight, but the banker helped save the club by arranging in 1965 for a second mortgage on the land.
Next to golf, he enjoyed clamming and sailing, his family said. He was a past commodore of the Northampton Colony Yacht Club and a past president of the Sea Club in Hillsboro Beach.
He taught his four children to water-ski on Noyac Bay. In recent years, said his son John Schaefer Jr., he liked to drive out to Montauk’s Montauket restaurant to watch the sunset and then have dinner at the Harvest.
Besides his wife and son John Jr., who lives in East Norwich, he leaves two other sons, Robert Schaefer of Rockville Centre and James K. Schaefer of Brookville, and a daughter, Mary E. Stabenfelt, of Larkspur, Calif. Twelve grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren survive as well.
A funeral Mass was held on April 15 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Brookville, followed by graveside services at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations have been suggested for the Lutheran High School Association of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, 131 Brookville Road, Brookville 11545.