Obituary of George Stanley Shaw, Jr.
George Stanley Shaw, beloved husband of Marion Born Shaw, passed peacefully on October 4, 2023 under the care of his children and Day Kimball Hospice. Stan, as he was known to friends, recently celebrated his 96th birthday.
A lifelong resident of Putnam, student of Gertrude Chandler Warner, graduate of The Rectory School and Putnam Technical School, Stan excelled at all sports. Enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1946 serving with the 11th Airborne Division in Sappora, Japan, Stan returned from service and attended the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences to train as an optician. His occupation as an optician later transitioned into the retail store in Putnam known as Shaw Stationers.
Stan served the community of Putnam as a member of The Citizen’s National Bank Board of Directors and an original and establishing member of Putnam Lions Club. As his business grew, Stan would always say his success was “a reflection of the support of friends, customers, and his employees.”
Stan was a lifelong member of the Putnam Methodist Church serving on many boards and committees. He was a member of the Quinebaug Masonic Lodge #106 for many years and served as Worshipful Master several times. As a member of the Shriners, he transported families in need to the Shriner’s New England Children’s Hospital.
Stan was always looking for adventure. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and camping with his children. Over the years he and Marion owned travel trailers and enjoyed many cross-country trips with family and friends. They also traveled to Europe several times. Lifelong friendships evolved from his traveling experiences.
Stanley loved life. Despite some physical set-backs, Stan always had a willingness to help others and serve his family and community. He will be best remembered for his kind and charitable nature, his spontaneous smile, his love of family and friends, and his unequaled zest for life and adventure.
Stanley is survived by his beloved wife, Marion Born Shaw; his children: Meredith Konesni and her husband Alfred (deceased), Kevin Shaw and his wife Linda, Susan Shaw and her husband Robert Taibbi, and Stephanie Jarmolowicz and her husband Gregory; nine grandchildren: Courtney Sanders (Dallas), Kerensa Delcid (Ever), Sarah Bentley (Cary), Jared Shaw, Adam Shaw (Jaime), Gabriel Klein, Freya Klein (Bosko Blagojevic’), Justin Jarmolowicz (Sarah), Brenton Jarmolowicz and Miranda Pingitore (Anthony); and thirteen great-grandchildren: Mia Sanders, Georgia Delcid, Morgan and Peyton Bentley, Harmony Shaw, Addison and Riley Shaw, Simone and Camille Klein, and Luka Blagojevic', Evan Jarmolowicz, and Jase and Aria Pingitore. Stanley is the son of G. Stanley Shaw, Sr. and Florence Gilbert Shaw and the beloved brother of Martha Shepard, and Patricia Hall (deceased).
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 2 PM at the Living Faith United Methodist Church, 53 Grove Street in Putnam.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Living Faith United Methodist Church.
Arrangement by Smith and Walker Funeral Home.