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James E. Shaw

August 13, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - James E. Shaw, 89, formerly of Tupper Lake, died Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Highland Nursing Home in Massena. Born on Feb. 13, 1923 on Upper Saranac Lake, he was the son of Samuel Shaw and Marie (Gauda) Shaw.

James was a graduate of Saranac Lake High School and received a BS of chemical engineering from Clarkson College in Potsdam. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a lieutenant JG in the Pacific.

He married Ellen Martin of Tupper Lake in May 1945 at St. Alphonsus Church. They raised their family of four children in Tupper Lake.

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Jim was employed at the Tupper Lake Village Office, then as chief engineer at Sunmount VA Hospital. When Sunmount closed, the family moved to Lewiston, where he worked at the Niagara Falls Air Force Base as maintenance engineer. Jim then took a job as safety engineer for the St. Lawrence Seaway in Massena, retiring from the Seaway.

During his years in Tupper Lake, he aided in the establishment of the Zoning Board. He was also head of the Federal Civil Defense for Franklin County. He served on the Save Sunmount Committee and testified before Congress in the committee's efforts to save Sunmount.

Jim also was an instructor in First Aid for the Ski Patrol Volunteers. He served on the original National Ski Patrol for Big Tupper Ski Area.

He was married to Bonnie (Tucker) Shaw in 1980 and moved to Keene, N.H. Jim served as welfare officer to aid the poor and needy while living in New Hampshire.

Jim loved the outdoors from a young man. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, downhill skiing and camping with his family.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan Cooley and husband Garry, of Uncasville, Conn.; three sons: James and his wife Becky of Massena and Tupper Lake, Stuart and his wife Marlene of Center Valley, Pa., and John and his wife Linda of Tupper Lake. He is also survived by one sister, Madeleine Tyrol of Brunswick, Maine; sister-in-law Caroline Shaw of Grants Pass, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by three sisters: Myrene, Jackie and Denise; and one brother, Kenneth.

Calling hours will be held from 7 and 9 p.m. today at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, at St Alphonsus Church with the Rev Douglas Decker presiding. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Alzheimer's Association or The Wild Center. Online condolences may be made at



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