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Nelson Shaw


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Nelson Shaw Obituary
Nelson Shaw passed away peacefully at his Winnetka home on July 26, 2018, holding the hand of Judy, his beloved wife of 58 years. Born April 28, 1930 in Belleview, NJ, Nelson was beginning a career in insurance when he was offered a full scholarship to Rutgers University. After graduating Magna Cum Laude and earning multiple awards, he entered Harvard University, where he was Social Chairman of the Graduate Business School and played on the intramural basketball and softball teams. In 1953, immediately after earning his MBA, Nelson became a commissioned Naval officer, serving on the Destroyer U.S.S. Willard Keith for 2 years in the Pacific during the Korean War. After honorable discharge, Nelson began his career in Chicago working for Jewel Companies, Inc. from 1957-67, serving as their last head of manufacturing. During that time, he met and married the love of his life, settled in Winnetka, and had three children. When Jewel restructured in 1967, he reinvented himself, learning the brokerage business at Bacon, Whipple & Co., where he worked for 15 years, becoming a partner. In 1982, the company merged with Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc., and Nelson was appointed Senior Vice President. He was a top performer, attending the Chairman's Council meetings for 32 years. He secured the financial futures of many clients including the Arch Diocese of St. Louis and the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Lacrosse, WI. He lived to work, and reluctantly retired at the age of 84. Nelson was an avid golfer and loved spending weekends on the Glen View Club course. In the winter, he and Judy curled at the Glen View and Indian Hill Clubs. He was an expert Curling Skip and strategic competitor, winning dozens of Bonspiels. He was a gentle giant at 6 foot 6 inches and was a lovely, peaceful man. He will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Helen Gertrude Shaw (nee Nelson) and James Kennedy Shaw, Brother Robert Shaw, and son Nelson Edward Shaw (Ted), Nelson is survived by his wife Judy (nee Kochs), children Jim Shaw (Veronica) and Kathy Kirrish (Greg), and seven grandchildren: Eric Shaw, Megan Shaw, Nicole Shaw, Anthony Kirrish, Eden Kirrish, Kaitlyn Shaw and Rebecca Shaw. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Nelson's wonderful caregivers Francisco, Gabriel and Anna, who enabled him to be in the comfort of his home for the past 3 ½ years. A memorial service will be held on August 18 at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Church, 784 Sheridan Road at Humboldt, Winnetka, IL 60093 A reception will follow at Glen View Club, Golf, IL. Info: 847 675-1990 or www.donnellanfuneral.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from July 29 to Aug. 12, 2018
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