SOMERSWORTH - Chester A. Shaw Jr., 79, passed on peacefully on Nov. 19, 2013, after a period of failing health.
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He was born in Dover on Nov. 1, 1934, the son of Helen (King) Shaw and Chester A. Shaw Sr. He was raised in Dover and attended Saint Mary's Academy, graduated from Dover High School in 1953, and graduated from N.H. Technical School. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Reserves and enjoyed his membership in the American Legion Post 69 in Somersworth. He worked for 35 years at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a machinist.
He married Madeleine (Therrien) Shaw on Aug. 17, 1963, and enjoyed 50 years of marriage. Together they raised three daughters. He actively participated in the lives of his six grandchildren, often baby-sitting, attending sporting and school events, and telling stories.
Chester was a kind man with a great sense of humor who would do anything to help others. He often drove veterans and his friends to doctor's appointments all over New England. He was a generous man who liked to overpay workers he hired to help around the house, and he would create odd jobs just to help someone in need. In his earlier years, he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and refinishing furniture. After retirement, he and Madeleine traveled extensively through Europe and the Caribbean. One of his favorite trips was cruising through the Panama Canal.
His family members include his wife, Madeleine; three daughters, Michelle Shaw Williams and her husband, David, of Victoria Minn., Pamela Shaw and her husband, Doug Webb, of Durham, and Lisa Allen and her husband, Derrick, of Stratham; six grandchildren, Travis, Samantha, and Hayley Williams, Sophie and Lucas Webb, and Cameron Allen; his two sisters, Patricia Bowen of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., and Carol McCabe of Dover; and his two sisters-in-law Mary Jane Couture of Somersworth, and Diane Kallay and her husband, John Kallay, of Rollinsford, and several nieces and nephews.
services: Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church, 404 High St., Somersworth, on Monday, followed by a memorial Mass at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael S. Taylor, pastor, as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Somersworth.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Community Food Pantry, 176 West High Street, Somersworth, 03878.
Published in Union Leader on Nov. 22, 2013