John E. Shaw Jr., 72, of Bartlett, N.H., died July 10, 2019, at his home.
John was born in Portland, Maine, on Oct. 28, 1946. He and his parents, John E. Shaw Sr. and Mary Rita Arsenault Shaw, and his brother, Robert H. Shaw, lived in Dixfield, Maine. When he was 7, they moved to their new and permanent home in South Portland, Maine.
At 17, John joined the Navy. He served as a radar operator aboard the USS Dewey DLG 14. He served his country for three years, receiving an honorable discharge. During his service he volunteered twice to go to Vietnam, trying to stop his brother, serving in the Army, from being chosen.
In 1966, he met his future wife, Beverly K. Burke. They married on May 10, 1969. They were married for 50 years, during which time they had two daughters, a granddaughter and a grandson. Beverly will greatly miss her husband, friend and lifelong partner.
John joined the Bartlett Fire Department, becoming a lieutenant and fire instructor. He was able to apply his knowledge and abilities in saving a man’s life while working at the Bartlett Peg Mill. John worked at the mill for 10 years.
After that he became the assistant manager at Lucy Lumber Conway Supply in Glen, N.H., where he worked for 14 years. His last full-time job was for what is now known as Spectrum, where he worked for 24 years before retiring in October 2014.
John was also an avid hunter and fisherman. His passion for both have extended to his family. He taught both his daughters and his grandchildren to fish. He also taught his granddaughter how to hunt. He loved being on his boat fishing for bass and being in the woods searching for deer. He loved even more enjoying these activities with his family.
John was also a proud and loving father and grandfather. He is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his daughters Linda Shaw LaPierre and Heather Shaw Brown, his grandchildren Autumn Shaw and Benjamin LaPierre as well as by Linda’s partner Michael Biron and Heather’s husband Jason Brown.
John is also survived by his brother Robert H. Shaw of Rumford, Maine. As well as many nieces, a nephew and cousins.
John also wished to give a heartfelt thank you to the oncology team at Memorial Hospital and the incredible staff from Hospice, as well as the Mudgets.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, July 16, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. at the Furber and White Funeral Home in North Conway. To send a message of condolence, or for more information go to furberandwhite.com. In lieu of flowers, John would love a donation in his name to go to St. Jude’s Hospital.