Knowing this was coming I get to write my own obit.
Michael Charles Shaw, of Whitefield, passed away on Sept. 11, 2019 surrounded by my loving (they haven’t seen the will yet) family after a lengthy battle with cancer.
I was born in Writtle, England, son of Charles W. Shaw of Waltham, Mass. and Sylvia E. (Childs) Shaw of Writtle, England.
I grew up in Waltham, Mass. and graduated Waltham High School in 1964 then got an associate degree in computers from University of Maine Augusta, retiring as a computer programmer from the State of Maine, Dept. of Environmental Protection. I served in the US Army from 1966 through 1971. I married the love of my life, Jeanne (D’Italia) Shaw (I don’t know how I got so lucky) on Aug. 25, 1979.
I leave my son, Christopher, his wife Stacy, and my grandsons, Michael, Christopher, and Robert of Readfield; my son, Eric and his wife Bethany of Augusta; my son, Daniel, his wife Jessica, and my granddaughter, Emily (my little sweetie) of Lincoln, Neb.; and my son, Ian of Whitefield; a sister, Margaret Doheny of Jefferson; a brother, Robert Shaw of Whitefield; and a brother, Steven Shaw of Lakeland, Fla.; my favorite uncle, James Childs of Writtle, England; many nieces and nephews and cousins scattered everywhere; and my favorite mom-in-law, Anna D’Italia (102 years old).
Jeanne and I spent our vacations and our honeymoon here and fell in love with Maine. We found the community of Whitefield and settled.
After the move to Whitefield I became a member of the Kings Mills Volunteer Fire Department and was involved in the Whitefield Historical Society, the local Boy Scout troop, our church’s Knights of Columbus and the Disabled American Veterans. My favorite group I have been involved with is the Whitefield Men, as great a group of men as you could meet.
Always remember to love one another, be kind and tolerant, and take a good dump once a day.
I love you all. Goodbye.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Michael’s memory to the Salvation Army, 440 Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 10994.
A remembrance service will be held at the Kings Mills Union Hall, Townhouse Road, Whitefield on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 2-5 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.