Sylva - Andrew Shaw, age 62 of Sarasota, FL passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 in Greenville, SC. He was born in Cleveland, OH on November 4, 1949. He is survived by his wife, Natalia, sons Anson and Hayden, step-sons Jay and Vladimir, granddaughter Zoey Layne, sisters Dixie (Ted) Neuhaus of Avon Lake, OH and Rima Bellan of Cashiers, NC; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, Norman and Lois, and brothers, Ramond, Alan, and Paul predeceased him. Andrew was a graduate of Sarasota High School, Duke University, Phi Beta Kappa, and Duke Law School, with honors.
He was a senior shareholder for 25 years in the Sarasota law firm of Fergeson, Skipper, Shaw and Tirabassi, P.A., heading the firm's litigation department until the summer of 2000. He concentrated in construction litigation and was an exceptional advocate in serving his clients' needs.
While enjoying the practice of law, Andrew still found time to nurture his passion for automobiles, specifically those manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. In December 1997, he bought the then-defunct Ford Motor Company franchise for Jackson County, NC, and opened a brand new state-of-the-art facility located on East Main Street, across from the newly opened Wal-Mart Superstore. Later, in December 2001, he partnered with Mr. Larry Hinton to open Andy Shaw Ford, with a clear focus to serve Jackson County for all of its automotive needs. Since that time, Andy Shaw Ford has earned numerous awards for its commitment to customer service, including the prestigious President's Award from the Ford Motor Company.
Andrew remained active in community activities with a particular focus in helping animals. He was active with the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation, the Sarasota Humane Society, and with other organizations focused on placing animals with good homes. He was committed to taking care of God's creatures that needed help in a crisis.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Andrew's life is planned for Thursday, October 4th, receiving friends at 6:00p.m., followed by the memorial service at 7:00p.m., at Appalachian Funeral Home Services, 165 Skyland Drive, Sylva, NC 28779. Andrew will be interred near his parents and siblings in Sarasota, FL.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that recognition be given to either of the following organizations:
The Sarasota Humane Society; 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237
Blue Ridge School Education Foundation; 95 Bobcat Drive, Cashiers, NC 28717
An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com