Robert B.'s Story
Robert (Bobby) B. Shaw passed away on December 13, 2016. He was the son of Warren B. and Norma M. (Williamson) Shaw.
As a lifelong resident of Groveland, Bob attended Groveland schools and Pentucket Regional Jr./Sr. High Schools. He also completed a certificate in lumber grading at the University of Massachusetts.
Bob was a hardworker from a young age, growing corn and selling it at his farm stand, haying and mowing the Groveland and West Newbury school lawns and town parks with his father. He began his career at the age of 16 as a sawyer at the lumber mill at R.A. Esty & Sons. Over the next 35 years he continued to mill some of the finest standard and custom sawn lumber on the East Coast.
As the owner and manager of the family farm known as Maple Acre, he continued to cut, bale and distribute hay to area farms.
With his witty jokes and subtle humor, he always brought a smile to his family, friends and anyone who crossed his path.
Bob was dedicated to coaching his son's teams and taught his players to focus not solely on the victories or losses, but the sportsmanship and the fundamentals of the game. He was very proud of his team each season regardless of the record.
He was a third generation drummer performing throughout New England. Also known as "Buzz Saw Shaw," he worked with bands such as Stoney and The House Rockers, Barry Burnham Band, Street Song, Lyndon Johnson Band and Michael Stevens' Band.
Bob had much knowledge of navigation and a love for boating. He volunteered his time to maintain the Pines Boat Ramp each year.
He leaves his two sons, Jason W. of Haverhill, Mass., and Benjamin R. Shaw of Groveland, Mass.; a sister, Marjory and her husband, John Burke of Groveland; a sister, Katherine J. Shaw of Groveland; beloved nephews and grand-nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his funeral service on Monday, December 19, at 11 a.m. in the Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Groveland. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. For those who wish, donations may be made in his memory to the Groveland Fire Fighters Association (GFFA), 181 Main St., Groveland, MA 01834 or Army Emergency Relief, AER Headquarters, 2530 Crystal Dr., Suite 13161, 13th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202, http://www.aerhq.org/. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  December 16, 2016