CENTERBURG — George W. “Jim” Shaw Jr., 66, mayor of Centerburg, passed away Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at Mount Carmel West following a two-week illness.
He was born June 14, 1944, in Weston, W.Va., and was a 1962 graduate of M&M High School in McConnelsville. A veteran of the Vietnam conflict, he served in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves until 1981. A graduate of the Columbus Police Academy, he served one year on the Columbus Police Force in 1971 and later on the Centerburg Police Department. For 10 years he served as a volunteer fireman for the Central Ohio Joint Fire District in addition to being an EMT instructor.
A Chevy man, he was thrilled to race his Nova cars at the Pacemakers Track in Mount Vernon. George was a member of AMVETS Post 59 and American Legion Post 460.
Since 1992 he served on the Centerburg Council and since 2008 was the mayor of Centerburg.
He worked first as a draftsman and then as a sales representative with Grinnell and S.A. Comunale Co., retiring as a branch manager with VFP Fire Systems of Columbus.
Big hearted and with a loving personality, he was always the encourager and taught his children to persevere in the choices they made in life.
He was most proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren and grateful for their presence in his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Becky (Craig); son, Chris (Ginah) Shaw of Stockport; daughter, Nikki Ball of Zanesville; stepson, Dan (Nicole) Reynolds of Pickerington; six grandchildren, Caleb Shaw, Kelsey, Jared, Aaron Ball, Ella Reynolds, Kara Stachler; brothers, John (Tina), Jim (Mary Ann), Bill, and Max Shaw; sisters, Ruth Mayne, Anne (Dave) Nemo, Bonnie Jean Shaw; and his two canine boys, Sampson and Harley.
Preceded in death by father, George W. Shaw Sr.; mother and stepfather, Virgie (Cole) and Kenneth Allen; sister, Elizabeth Russell; and half brother, Allen Heater.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. with Fred Albrecht Evangelist officiating. Burial will follow in Eastview Cemetery in Centerburg with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Centerburg Interchurch Social Service, 40 N. Clayton St., Centerburg, OH 43011. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.