Gladstone Albert Shaw, 79, of Anchorage died Feb. 1, 2011, at Providence Alaska Medical Center.
A celebration of his life will be be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Catholic Church. A visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Witzleben Funeral Home, 1707 S. Bragaw St.
Glad was born July 10, 1931 in New York, N.Y., the son of Gladstone and Leleith Burgess Shaw from Jamaica. He graduated from Morris High School in the Bronx in 1950.
He joined the U.S. Air Force as a security policeman in 1950 and retired honorably as chief master sergeant in 1974 at Sheppard AFB, Texas. His medals included the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service, Korean War Service, Vietnam Service, Commendation and other awards.
His tours included Wurtsmith, Mich., Davis Monthan, Mont., Peterson AFB in Colorado, South Ruislip, England, Clark AFB, Philippines, and other assignments in the United States and overseas.
He moved to Colorado and worked at the University of Colorado Police Department.
In 1976, he moved to Alaska, working with RCA. Later, he worked in security with Sohio, BP, Pinkerton and Nana.
He worked as a service officer for Disabled American Veterans at the Alaska VA, helping veterans process disability claims and appeals. Glad served as deputy director for the Elmendorf Retiree Activities Office, where he received recognition as the base RAO Volunteer of the Year in 1985 and the office was throughout the Air Force, receiving the RAO Outstanding Achievement Award.
Glad was very active in the community as a life member of American Legion Muldoon Post 29, life member of VFW Post 9978, life member of the Korean War Veterans Association Archie Van Winkle Memorial Chapter 288, life member of the Retired Enlisted Association and the Air Force Sergeant Association.
"He was a lifelong servant who always helped everyone and gave unselfishly," his family wrote. "His legacy is the ideal model for all of us to follow and emulate and as Glad always said 'make yourself useful.' His motto 'service before self' was how he lived his life. He valued family and friendship and was always so kind and generous to everyone he met. He was a self taught 'Master Chef' and loved to cook and everyone loved to eat his food, and if you didn't eat he was really 'mad.' "
He is survived by his wife, Bobby Shaw; sons, Mark Shaw of Colorado Springs, Colo., John Shaw of Bozeman, Mont., Neil Shaw (Jennifer) of Plano, Texas, and Christopher McEwen (Angela) of Columbus, Ohio; brothers, Franklin Shaw (Anna), Anthony Shaw and Raymond Shaw of New York and John Shaw (Joyce) of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters, Mary Williams, Phyllis Shaw and Hyacinth Brea of New York; grandchildren, Spc. Neil Shaw Jr. of Fort Lewis, Wash., Malcolm Shaw and Isaac Shaw of Colorado Springs, Kamal McEwen and Elijah McEwen of Columbus, Ohio, and Eli Shaw of Plano.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Home-Bragaw Chapel.
Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Witzleben Chapel
1707 S. Bragaw St.
Anchorage, AK 99508
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2011