AURORA - Richard Joseph (Dick) Shaw passed away April 20 in Aurora Ohio. He was 91 years old.
He leaves behind his children Jack Shaw, Atlanta, GA; Michael (Alana Macip) Shaw, Marietta, GA; Kate (David) Fox, Aurora, OH; Tim (Sarah Van Auken) Shaw, Helotes, TX; Jill Shaw Braem, Portland, OR; and Jennifer Garman, Indianapolis, IN; his grandchildren Ryan (Yukie Horie) Shaw, Robyn (David) Whitcomb, Lauren Hawkins, Ben Shaw, Katie (Gavven) Ruddy, Jacob Macip, Geoff Gates, Alex Fox, Anne Fox, Mike Fox, Rebecca (Gabriel) Sharples, Jake Shaw; and three great grandchildren. He also leaves his sister Susanne Martens, Chagrin Falls, OH and 6 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his children Jimmy Shaw and Bill Shaw; his parents Ben Shaw and Stella Shaw; his siblings, Jack Shaw, Maggie Wickes, and Chuck Shaw; and companion Joanie Davis.
Born in Cleveland OH, in 1928, Dick moved to Aurora in 1943 with his parents. He attended Aurora High School, graduated from Shaker Heights High school in 1946, and attended Western Reserve College.
Mr. Shaw leaves a rich legacy in the City of Aurora, Ohio where he served five years as Mayor from 1984 – 1989. Opening Shaw and Shaw Construction with his father Ben in the 1950’s, he was very proud to have built more than 200 high-quality custom homes in Aurora Highlands, Old Farm, and elsewhere in the area.
Dick was a charter member of the Aurora Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Club, and founded the Aurora High School All Sports Boosters. He organized and coached Aurora’s first little league football program for nearly 10 years starting in the 1960’s. He was a managing partner in the Aurora Commons bringing the city its first shopping center in the 1970’s.
In 1972, he was named the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. He was honored again in 2006 by the Aurora Schools Foundation. He served on City Council in 1958 – 1959 and was also a member of The Church in Aurora where he taught Sunday School.
Dick was very gregarious, enjoying the company of his family and many friends. Always ready with a funny story, he loved making people laugh and being the life of the party. He particularly enjoyed meeting for coffee most mornings with a rotating group of “cronies” for many years.
Mr. Shaw was resident at Anna Maria of Aurora for the last 4 1/2 years where he was lovingly cared for and well liked. He especially liked making rounds to the different nurses’ stations for ice cream.
A memorial service will be announced later.