MILLINOCKET – Richard H. Shaw, 85, passed away after a long illness. His first sunrise was May 9, 1928, and last sunset was Jan. 27, 2014. Dick was born in a log cabin in West Sebois. He was one of eight children born to William and Edna Bragg Shaw.
He went to school by train to Norcross and was taught to read and write by Mrs. Fowler in a little school house. When he was ?ve his mother passed away and he and his siblings were placed on a farm in Macwahoc. He graduated from Lee Academy in 1946. Dick joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed at what is now Cape Canaveral, Fla. After his Navy stint, he got a job with the Great Northern Paper Co., in the paper room. He worked his way up to foreman on Number 11 paper machine. He retired in 1987 with 38 years of service. He met the girl of his dreams, Maryellen Craig, who he married June 16, 1951. They had three sons, David, Bruce, and Dale. Dick loved being outdoors and often could be found enjoying a long walk or spending time on his knees in his garden. He loved being around children. He often said he wanted to have 6 daughters. He loved to hunt, fish, pick blueberries and fiddleheads, make root beer and jam. He loved spending time at his camp on South Twin Lake where he taught his sons and others how to cook, swim, fish and do the “Daddy-O Special” dive. In later years he enjoyed sitting outside camp with “Pup” watching the chipmunks and hummingbirds. He loved country music and his beloved Red Sox and Celtics. He as a true Yankee. An example of his frugality was when he replaced the 53 year old refrigerator at camp remarking that it was really only 12 years old as it was only used in the summer. He loved his “daughter” Carrie’s cooking; one of his favorite past-times was pulling her strings. One of the last things he said to his son David, who he adored, when David told him how much he loved him and he was the very best Dad he replied . . . “That is all I ever wanted to be.” Dick had a special relationship with his sister-in-law, Shirley Jean and her husband Ken, who affectionately called him Elmer Fudd.
He was predeceased by two sons, Bruce and Dale; along with his brother, Francis; and sisters, Norma Foote, Mary Pratt, Christine Pratt, Avis Keene, Jean Peters, and Hattie Lovejoy; and his brother-in-law, Porky Craig. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Maryellen; along with a son, David and wife, Carrie Ann, of Saco; sister-in-law, Shirley Jean Cyr and husband, Ken, of Millinocket, and Margaret May Craig of California; and a brother-in- law, Vaughn Peters of Mattawamkeag. The family would like to especially thank their wonderful neighbors; Arnold and Patricia Madore, Paul and Sheila Dicentes, and Ben and Linda Nadeau and Gail Voisine for all their help and love. We feel especially blessed to have our husband and father taken care of by Donna Graham, Debbie Kranich, and Deborah Nute.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Saco Middle School Greenhouse, 40 Buxton Road, Saco, ME 04072; or a charity of your choice. Friends are invited to visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Lamson Funeral Home, 11 Tamarack St., Millinocket, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. www.lamsonfh.com.