The Garden Island
Notice #: 0001105082-01
Funeral Notices


Rudolph Jay Schaefer IV, born August 16, 1958, passed away from cancer on May 17, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was the son of Rudolph J. Schaefer III and Jane Isdale Schaefer, of the F&M Schaefer Brewing family.
He graduated from Rye High in 1976 and received his
architectural degree from RISD in 1992. He started his own architecture firm in 1995. He lived and worked in Hawaii from 2002 – 2017 and was instrumental in introducing the sport of lacrosse to Hawaii’s youth. He taught architecture at the University of Hawaii from 2007 – 2012, and was a community member of St. Clement’s Parish.
Predeceased by his father Rudolph J. Schaefer III and sister Anne E. Schaefer. He is survived by his children: Alexandra M. Schaefer and Rudolph J. Schaefer V from his first marriage to Jacquelyn M. Hart; daughters Helena K. Schaefer and Janie K. Schaefer from his second marriage to Kikilia A. Fordham; mother, Jane I. Schaefer; four sisters: Martha H. Schaefer, Edmée S. Zahringer, Lucia S. Chase and Greta J. Schaefer; step grandmother, Janet U. Schaefer.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in his honor can be sent to the Aloha Youth Lacrosse Association and academic scholarships at his alma mater, RISD.
A Memorial Service will be held on June 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Church in Stonington, CT.