Enshrined : 2008 (Posthumous)
Fairfield Football Officials
For more than half a century Charles "Tip" Schaefer
officiated on gridirons up and down Fairfield County
and beyond. Not only that, for more than 50 years,
baseball players learning their craft in the southwestern
part of the state came in contact with him as well.
Considered one of the best athletes to ever come
out of Westport, Schaefer was known as a top-notch
Once his playing days were over it was only natural
that he attempt to stay in the games he loved.
The best way to do that was to don the blue suit or
the striped shirt. Those decisions resulted in a five decade
love affair that lasted well into his 70s.
Officiating at a time when semi-professional and
industrial league teams were at the height of their
popularity, "Tip" could be found on those gridirons
and diamonds as well. Those games weren't easy to
work. but players knew and respected Schaefer for his
fairness and control of the game.
A mentor, friend and confidant to many up and coming
officials, he not only groomed those who
would don the stripes so that they would be ready for
varsity ball, he recruited many who would become the
foundation of the Fairfield County Football Officials
So respected was he by members of the new
FCFOA, he was elected its first president. He continued
to teach and mentor new officials in the craft of officiating.
When the Connecticut Football Officials Association
was formed to represent the regional boards,
Schaefer was a proponent of the idea of the single
voice for football officials, and signed onto the idea
Schaefer was the guiding light of the Fairfield board
during its infancy.
He helped mold the association and state board
into the respected organizations they are today.