James A. Shaw, lovingly known as "Papa" passed away at the age 85.
James was born on October 2, 1935 in Boston, MA to James and Helen (Fountain) Shaw. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Helen (Shaw) Penwell, his son Roland "Rocky" Shaw, his ex-wife and friend Claire (Chouinard) Shaw, and his wife Martha (Casey) Shaw.
He is survived by his sister, Marjorie (Shaw) Poindexter, his children, Tracie (Shaw) Minton, Bonnie (Shaw) Finley, John and his wife Ericka Shaw, Joseph Shaw, Jaime and his wife Robbin Shaw, James and wife Kerbi Shaw, Julia Shaw and her fiance Daniel Jenkins. James Shaw also has 14 grandchildren; Dannielle (Minton) Kranz, Richard and Rebecca-Lee "Becky" Minton, Chantel and Carl "CJ" Finley, Jaden Monson, Lyric, Aiden, Hailey, Elianna, Mae-Bell, Ryanne, Amyah and Tavien Shaw, as well as his 2 great-grandchildren, Rainne and Brayten Kranz and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
James was employed as a construction worker/carpenter, and later in life as a real estate agent. James became a Jehovah's Witness when he was baptized on January 9, 1971. He proudly served as a pioneer sharing the good news of God's Kingdom through door to door service in Dracut, Lowell and Lawrence, MA for many years. He especially enjoyed singing the Kingdom Melodies and attending the District Conventions surrounded by thousands of Jehovah's servants.
James had a contagious laugh, it was hard to catch him not telling a joke. His pastimes included fishing, swimming, singing and spending time outdoors. He looked forward to time with his family, particularly his grandchildren, whom he would watch old westerns and play board games with. A few of his favorite games were Catan, Othello, Chess, Checkers, Cribbage and Yahtzee. He frequently visited Burger King where all the employees would affectionately call him Papa. He will be missed by many.
A funeral service will be held via Zoom on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at 5 o’clock p.m. The family wishes to express their sincere thanks during this difficult time.
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