1921 – 2015
Pomfret Center, CT – Donald Jackson Shaw entered into eternal life at his home September 21, 2015, in the loving care of his family and Hospice, at the age of 94. Born September 9, 1921 to Godfrey and Alice (Jackson) Shaw in Sapulpa, OK. He moved to the Shaw homestead in Norwalk, CT in 1923.
Donald leaves behind the love of his life, Nancy Fagan Shaw. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on May 21st. He is also survived by his children: Melissa and husband Leo Joyal of Pomfret, Laurice Shaw of Newport, RI, Amanda and husband Paul Manso of Eastford, Brian Shaw of Dayville, Holly and husband Richard Evans of East Killingly, Nancy and husband Timothy McMerriman of Pomfret, as well as two special “sons,” Gary Hopkins and Michael McCoy, and a very special aide, Jo-Ann Roy; Sister-in-law, Annette and husband David Vickery of Newtown, CT, nieces, Susan & Karen; nephew, David Jr.; Grandchildren: Christopher, Jennifer, Jason, Jake, Kevin, Lori, Amy, Paula, Julie, Jenna, Ryan, Kelsey, Hannah, Brendan, and 21 great grandchildren.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 1941, Donald joined the Navy and entered WWII in 1942, stationed in the Pacific on the destroyer tender, USS Sierra, 2nd Class Petty Officer/Store Keeper, honorably discharged in 1946. Upon discharge, he followed in his father’s footsteps and began a career in custom home design and building in Southwestern Connecticut. He and Nancy married in 1949. In 1969 Donald moved his family to Brooklyn, CT where he renovated an old gristmill into the beloved family homestead. It was here that the family enjoyed many weddings and joyous occasions. Donald and Nancy moved to Pomfret in 1986. Donald continued custom home building in Northeastern CT, later working in his own custom cabinetry business. In retirement, Donald and Nancy began a new business, Fagan’s Forge, specializing in hand-forged iron hardware. He continued working until the age of 88.
Services will be private under the care of Gilman Funeral Home. A celebration of Donald’s life will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm at the home of Melissa & Leo Joyal, 109 Valentine Rd., Pomfret Center. The family would like to thank the many Hospice aides and nurses for their wonderful care and support. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of N.E.C.T., P.O. Box 632, Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.