SHAFFNER: Maurice, OBE

1919-2003: Maurice Shaffner, who was prosecuting solicitor for West Yorkshire until his retirement, was much respected for his work in the Wakefield community. He fell even more under the public gaze for the part he played in the Yorkshire Ripper case in 1981. Born in Sharlston, he lived in Woodthorpe Drive, Sandal, for many years but had made his home at Shelley when he died.

He was founder of the local branch of the British Heart Foundation, to which he gave 20 years’ dedicated service. Among his recreational activities, he was a member of Yorkshire Table Tennis Association for 50 years and had been its president. He was also a life vice-president of Wakefield West Riding Operatic Society and was chairman of the Association of Boys Clubs for Wakefield council and Kirklees. Maurice, who was president of Wakefield Rotary Club in 1981, enjoyed public speaking and was involved in the training of magistrates, as well as giving extensive lectures at the police training school. For information on his part in the Yorkshire Ripper case, click hereA Google search will identify plenty of other references. A Jewish funeral was held for Maurice in Bradford, followed by a memorial service.

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