John Primo Shaw, 48, of Wilkes-Barre, died unexpectedly while hiking with friends on Tuesday.
Born in Wilkes-Barre on December 23, 1959, he was a son of William L. Shaw Sr., of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Rose L. (Parenti) Shaw. He attended LCCC and New Jersey Carpenter School. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wilkes-Barre. He was also a member of the New Jersey Carpenters Union 455.
He was dedicated to his family and his Christian faith.
He loved sports and was a member of the Flag Football League at the Wyoming Valley Sports Dome, having played for the Outlaws and most recently for Sarny’s Young Bucks. In the 1980s to the 1990s, he played for the Footstompers in a local basketball league.
A black belt in karate, he was an instructor at Stars and Stripes Gym. He was employed as a guard at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Cindy Ann (Valderrama) Shaw; sons John Primo Shaw Jr., Hamilton, N.J.; Brandon Lee Shaw, Hunlock Creek; stepchildren Darrell Mark Kelso, Marissa Lynn Kelso, Seth Hugo Kelso and James McGee; brother William L. Shaw Jr., and his wife, Carol, Wilkes-Barre; niece Jessica Shaw and nephew William (BJ) Shaw.
Friends may call Friday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 South Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Monsignor Thomas V. Banick will officiate. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, with Rev. Dr. James L. Harring conducting graveside services. Friends are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Peaceful Crossings Adventure Ministries, P.O. Box 76, Huntington Mills, PA 18622. Send condolences to www.BestLifeTributes.com .
Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Times Leader on Feb. 7, 2008