Hundreds of mourners filed past Schaefer's flag-draped casket in the state house Monday, most of them current or former state workers who served under him during his tenure as governor.
But there were many others, like Steve Ames, who came to pay their respects even though they had never met Schaefer. Ames worked for the City of Baltimore during Schaefer's time as mayor.
"He meant everything to Baltimore," said Ames. "He was a true public servant, not just a wealth-sculpted politician."
Current lieutenant governor Anthony Brown was serving the state legislature when he met Schaefer, who at that time was the Maryland comptroller. Brown had just returned from active military service in Iraq, and was contemplating his future.
"I remember him just saying to me 'Whatever you do young man, focus on the people. Focus on the people,'" said Brown.
Schaefer's sharp tongue and temper were also a hallmark of his long political career. Brown said that while Schaefer may have been a little rough around the edges, there are times when that is needed to get things done.
Schaefer's funeral will be held at Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore Wednesday at 11 a.m. and he will be buried in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Hunt Valley. The City of Baltimore is planning a number of street closures Wednesday to accommodate the funeral.