Frederick W. Shaw Sr.
MONSON- Frederick “Fred” W. Shaw, 83, passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT on February 6, 2020. He was born in Springfield, MA July 16, 1936 the youngest son of the late Robert D. Shaw and Martha N. (Fewtrell). He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret “Peg” A. (Merrill), and his brother Paul F. Shaw, both in 2016.
Fred is survived by his beloved children: Amy McClosky and her husband Joseph; Frederick Shaw Jr. and his wife Rebecca; Wayne Shaw and his wife Karen; his grandchildren: Joshua McClosky and his wife Lara; Jeremiah McClosky and his wife Chella; Karissa Ruiter and her husband Jeremy; Amanda Austin and her husband Daniel; Elizabeth Shaw and Sarah Deyo; his great-grandchildren: Keerah, Alora, Toby, Owen, Georgeann and Kellie, Madison, Emily, and Rylee. His brother Robert C. Shaw, his sister Patricia R. (Shaw) and her husband Joseph Basile, both of Florida. His sister-in-law Elizabeth Landry, his brother-in-law Robert Merrill; many dear nieces, nephews and friends.
Fred graduated from Springfield Trade High School as an electrical apprentice. He served two years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and four years in the US Army, Co. “D” 1st Armored Rifle Battalion, 6th Infantry, Fort Hood, Texas. He started his own auto repair business on the banks of the Scantic River in Hampden, MA in the early 60's and went on to manage gas stations in Hampden and Palmer, a towing business, a salvage yard, an auto body repair shop, and a used-car business in Palmer and Monson, all by the late 1970's.
In the early 1980's he went into restaurant installation; when things slowed down he then rounded out his business career rehabilitating houses and then building houses with his son Wayne by his side. He loved classic Chevrolet Cars, and was often seen at the cruise nights, car shows, and flea markets, he also loved the outdoors and had been an avid angler and hunter. Fred and Peg traveled the United States together, and later in life he and Peg played golf together, and spent 15 years living in Florida during the winter months.
Visiting hours will be held from 9-11AM on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Lombard Funeral Home, 3 Bridge St., Monson, MA 01057 and conclude with a funeral home ceremony at 11AM. The burial in Hillcrest Cemetery will be private. Memorial donations in Fred’s name can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516.
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