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Edward Shaw

August 2, 1935 - May 24, 2021

U.S. Veteran

A memorial service will be held at a date and location yet to be determined by the family and his ashes will be interred thereafter at Arlington National Cemetery.

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On May 24, 2021 Edward Sidney “Sid” Shaw passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer’s at the Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, KY. Born on August 2, 1935, in Valdosta, GA, to the late Albert Paul Shaw and Nell Marie Creal (Ball). He is also predeceased by his wife, Mary “Jo” Shaw (Rogers), his two sons, Edward “Frank” and Walter “Tig” Shaw, daughter Mary “Ginny” McCeney, a granddaughter, Lara Phillips, and grandson, Jonathan Shaw.

Sid is survived by his daughters Rebecca “Becky” Carter, Margaret “Meg” Parce (Bruce), Amy Phillips, Amanda Bridges (Keith) and Lisa Schwartz (Larry), his sister Ginger Realmuto (Frank), brother Bert Shaw, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren with another one on the way, as well as his best friend, cousin and golfing buddy, Allen Ball.

While a high school student in Valdosta, Sid became a licensed pilot and purchased his first airplane when he was 16 years old, even before he purchased a car. He enjoyed the freedom flying gave him and, over the years, would often think little of flying overnight from Maryland to visit his mother in Marathon, FL.

In 1957, Sid began a thirty-three (33) year military career in the Air National Guard, retiring from his assignment at the Pentagon as Lt. Colonel. In 1963, he was the military liaison to and traveled with Bob Hope’s USO tour. He subsequently filled an additional federal career ultimately serving both the Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs and The Secretary of the Navy as Chief Speech Writer at various times while in this position.

During his early career, Sid was a disc jockey for WAMS, WDEL and WILM. He also had the distinction of being the youngest television anchorman in Georgia at twenty-one years old for WSAV (NBC) in Savannah, GA.

Later he also became a news anchorman for WHYY in Wilmington, DE.

Sid served as Executive Assistant to Governor Russell Peterson in Delaware. He was a multi-talented professional in the broadcast industry and led a fruitful and skilled professional and personal life. Not content with retirement, he obtained his realtors license in Charleston, SC, was on his HOA’s board and worked tirelessly for the homeless vets.

As a young man, Sid grew up in a musical family. He grew to appreciate many genres of music, but favored gospel and later barbershop. He was a fan of the Alexandria Harmonizers barbershop quartet and The Cathedrals gospel quartet and had both at many personal functions, including his retirement party. Sid would often invite family and friends to performances so they might learn to share his appreciation for both gospel and barbershop music.

Sid will be fondly remembered by his family and friends for his great sense of humor and oratorical abilities. He had the unique talent of relaying a story, (while occasionally embellishing), but always assuring the story’s core points remained intact. All who ever had the pleasure of listening to his voice will always fondly remember his deep, vibrant baritone pipes.

A memorial service will be held at a date and location yet to be determined by the family and his ashes will be interred thereafter at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made in his name to your favorite charity. “The world is richer for his contributions.”

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