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James Shaw

James G. Shaw

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Obituary

Mequon - On Thursday, November 14, 2019, James ("Jim") Shaw found peace at age 79.

Jim was born on February 29, 1940 in Menasha, WI to Melvin and Lorraine (Kestley) Shaw and grew up alongside his sisters Mary and Sue. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1958, and went on to earn a civil engineering degree from Marquette University. In college he was a proud member of the Sigma Phi Delta fraternity.

After college Jim served in the US Army Corps of Engineers in Korea, and was honorably discharged in 1966. He then returned to Milwaukee, where he started a 50-year career in the water treatment industry.

Jim married Denise Demes in 1969. Together Jim and Denise built a home in Mequon in 1976, where they raised their three children, Christopher, Maureen and Michael. For the next 43 years, he built a remarkable network of close friends in the community, and also maintained many friendships with people he met throughout his life, from high school to college to work, and beyond.

Jim was a longtime member of St. James/Lumen Christi church in Mequon. He also served on the Engineering Alumni board and the National Alumni Board at Marquette University. In recent years he volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, helping to build houses in Ozaukee County.

Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years Denise Shaw, sons Christopher Shaw (Terisa Whitted) and Michael Shaw, daughter Maureen (Jeremy) Galloway, sisters Mary Baker and Susan Woods and many nieces and nephews. James is also survived by his grandchildren Ava and Annika Shaw, Charlie and Katherine Galloway and Ellery Shaw.

Visitation is from 10 - 11:30 am on Friday, November 22nd at Lumen Christi church in Mequon, WI, with the funeral mass to follow at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ozaukee Habitat for Humanity.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:30am
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
    Location
    Lumen Christi Catholic Church
    Address
    2750 W. Mequon Rd
    Mequon, Wisconsin 53092
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  • Service

    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Friday, November 22nd, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    Lumen Christi Catholic Church
    Address
    2750 W. Mequon Rd
    Mequon, Wisconsin 53092
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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joyce walsh

Posted at 11:02am
I taught Mike Shaw and frequently, at the auctions, Jim would give me an update on Mike. You all had a wonderful and gentle father who truly loved and cared about all of you.

Many prayers and hugs flowing your way. Joyce Walsh, Dominican High School, Retired
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Eugene Laschinger

Posted at 09:58pm
I have known Jim since my first project out of Grad School in 1978. Since that time he was a mentor, business associate and a close friend. I could always trust Jim because he would do what is best for the project which was not always best for himself. Jim was person that brought Warren and myself together as business partners. I could never thank him enough. Jim was a fun loving person that treated everyone with respect whether you were a friend, a business associate or a competitor. I hope everyone will keep all the good memories and the lessons he taught all of us. We will sure miss him. Denise, you and your family have my prayers and remember all the good times.

Eugene Laschinger
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Posted at 01:13pm
With deepest sympathy,
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Posted at 12:11pm
Jim brought so many gifts to CSWEA. His humor, positive attitude, and caring were qualities we all looked up to. His legacy will live on in many.
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Posted at 11:12am
Dear Shaw Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our dear friend and mentor, Jim, will be missed. May God's love surround you. With sympathy,
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