Donald P. Shaw

June 15, 2015

Donald P. Shaw
U.S. Veteran

US Army

Korean War Veteran

DONALD P. SHAW – of Woburn, Monday, June 15th. Beloved husband of the late Marie V. (Cronin) Shaw. Devoted father of Donna Marie Bullen of Woburn. Dear brother of Robert C. Shaw and his wife Josephine and Marilyn J. Ritchie and her husband Russell, all of Woburn. Cherished “Grampy” of Stacey, Timothy, and Erin and great-grandfather of Chloe, Ryan, and Jacob. Loving uncle of Karen McGahan and Russell Ritchie, Jr. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Celebration. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Donald’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

OBITUARY:

Donald P. Shaw passed away unexpectedly, Monday June 15th after being stricken at home Sunday evening. The beloved husband of the late Marie V. (Cronin) he was eighty-three years of age.

Born in Cambridge he was one of three children born to John J. and Florence M. (Bedard) Shaw. Raised and educated in Cambridge, Donald was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin in 1950. Following high school Donald enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served our country as a Medic and had participated in the Reserves following active duty during the Korean War.

Returning home after the service Donald secured a position with Boston Edison in the utilities plant in Everett, where he remained for thirty-five years of dedicated service.

Living in Cambridge upon his return home from the service, Donald frequented the bank around the corner where he lived. There he met and fell in love with Marie Cronin, to whom he was married in 1960 and shared the next forty-three wonderful years.

They moved to Woburn in the early sixties, where they nestled in and brought a beautiful daughter into the world to whom they were devoted. Always so very proud of their daughter, they celebrated and participated in all the activities and life events, which have transpired over the years.

In later years he and Marie travelled near and far! Las Vegas, Hawaii, to the Lawrence Welk Show, where Marie danced with Mr. Welk, and to many other venues where they could step out on to a dance floor and dance the night away!

From gardening in the back yard, listening to music, walking to and from Boston several times a week, Donald was never a man to sit idle.

“Grampy” loved his beloved grandchildren, Stacey, Timothy and Erin. Celebrating and participating in their lives was always very special. So special, he would even share his See’s or Ghirardelli candy “stash” with them!

Donald had a smile that just captured the attention of many. Throughout his lifetime, whether he was walking, working, dancing, or just living life, he always had that beautiful smile!

Donald was sadly predeceased by his beloved wife, Marie.

He is lovingly survived by his daughter, Donna Marie Bullen of Woburn; his siblings, Robert C. Shaw and his wife Josephine and Marilyn J. Ritchie and her husband Russell, all of Woburn; his grandchildren, Stacey, Timothy, and Erin; his great-grandchildren, Chloe, Ryan, and Jacob; his niece, Karen McGahan; and his nephew, Russell Ritchie, Jr.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend a Celebration of Life in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, June 22nd at 7:30 p.m. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the Celebration. Interment is private. Remembrances may be made in Donald’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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  1. Hi Donna:

    I was very sorry to read about your father’s passing. Andrea is also very sorry and sends her condolences. What I most remember about Mr. Shaw is he ALWAYS had a pleasant greeting for everyone and he ALWAYS had a big smile on his face.

    Condolences to you and your family.

    Anthony Tramonte

  2. Karen,
    I am very sorry to read about your “Dear Uncle”
    I know when I spoke with you he had been ill.
    Please know that I will be thinking of you and praying for all.
    My sincere condolences and genuine solace.
    God Bless,
    Aunt Cynthia~

  3. Donna, So sorry to hear the sad news. We have so many great memories of spending time with him and your Mom, we will miss him. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jim and Madeline E.

  4. Donna,

    I was so sad to hear the news of your Dad’s passing. You Dad was such a nice man. I was lucky to have him touch my life.

    We Thank him for his service.

    Peace to you in the difficult days ahead.

    Irene

  5. Donna
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a nice guy. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say every time I saw him. I have great memories of him and your Mom coming to the bank. May he rest in peace with your beautiful mother. Please know that I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

    Randi Greco

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