George J. Shaw, 85

May 28, 2019

George J. Shaw of Wareham, son of the late George William Shaw and Irene (O'Reilly) Shaw, passed away peacefully at his home on May 24th. He was born in Holyoke, MA. on March 26, 1934.

He graduated from Holyoke High School in 1951.   He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and became a Navy Corpsman, a decision that would impact the rest of his life. He was assigned to the Fleet Marine Force (USMC) as a medic.

After his discharge he attended McLean Hospital School of Nursing in Belmont, MA. Upon graduation he trained for a specialty in anesthesia, at the former Mass Memorial Hospital in Boston, becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in 1960. He then took a commission in the USAR Medical Corp in Taunton, MA. He worked at Morton Hospital in Taunton, Tobey Hospital in Wareham before retiring from St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford in 1990.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Hofmann) Shaw also of Wareham, a daughter, Elizabeth Askew and her husband Tom of Westborough, MA; a son Charles Shaw of Londonderry, NH; 3 grandchildren, Andrew, Nathaniel & his wife Ashley and Timothy; 2 great grandsons, Holden and Hunter.

During his life, he was very active in Social Harmony and Pythagorean Masonic Lodges. He was a Past Master and Secretary of Social Harmony Lodge in Wareham and a past Secretary of Pythagorean Lodge in Marion. He was also a Past Master of the 31st Nantucket District Masonic Lodge of Instruction, located in New Bedford, MA.   He was a recipient of the Joseph Warren Medal and a 50 year membership medal. He was also a “Dad” advisor in Rainbow and DeMolay, both of which were located in Wareham.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the First Congregational Church, 11 Gibbs Ave., Wareham. Interment at the National Cemetery in Bourne will be at a later date.

George was a avid reader, and not much of a horticulturist, if you wish, instead of flowers, please make a donation to the Friends of the Wareham Free Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA 02571.


Arrangements are by the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham. For directions and online guestbook, visit: