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Saturday September 26th, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm

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Douglas "Doug" M. Shaw

Douglas M. Shaw, (Doug) 78, of Robinson Township passed quietly at home on September 22, 2020. 

He was born March 27, 1942 in East Freedom, Pennsylvania to the late Guy D. Shaw and Bertha M. (Browning) Shaw. His father worked for Penn Central Railroad and his mother was an avid household and family caretaker who usually started her day before dawn.

He was a 1960 graduate of Roaring Spring High School in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania and enjoyed having mini reunions and catching up with his school friends.

Doug and his wife Sherry met near the boarding house where Doug was staying while attending the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics (PIA) by the Allegheny County Airport.

Doug worked as an airline mechanic and inspector for Allegheny Airlines (which became US Airways and is now American Airlines) for 39 years. His first job in the airline industry was with Pratt and Whiney in Connecticut where he worked on the engines for the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. Doug also met Bob Hudson while at Pratt and Whitney and both were later hired by Allegheny Airlines in Pittsburgh. The Hudson family moved into the same neighborhood as Doug and Sherry and are neighbors to this day.

Doug was a member of Potomac Air Lodge 1976 International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM & AW) for many years.

After retirement Doug formed Shaw Assembly Services with his wife Sherry and ran this company for roughly 10 years in conjunction with Ross Tech which is owned and operated by the in-laws, niece Linda and her husband Uwe Ross.

His sisters “fondly” remember being chased by their mischief-making only brother with snakes and bugs during their childhood and hearing him laugh with delight as they shrieked and tried to run away. They spent time as a family on Savage Mountain, on his maternal Browning family homestead, taking weekend trips to Musselman’s Grove entertainment complex near Claysburg, PA and listened to country music by Doc and Chickie Williams, along with many others. They also remember Doug’s magical ability to fall asleep anywhere and anytime which continued throughout his life.

His interests included spending time with family, hunting with his buddies at Buck’s Camp on Savage Mountain near Fairhope, PA, fishing from his boat, gardening, traveling and jet airplanes. He was especially proud of his custom built 3-car garage in the back yard and his granddaughter’s graduation from high school this year.

Doug is survived by his wife of 56 years Sharon (Sherry) Shaw, daughter Laurel, son Gregg, granddaughter Stephanie, sisters Lorraine Feathers (Ivan) of East Freedom and Naomi Adams (Bruce) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and his best furry feline family members Buster, Moe and Molly. He is also survived by nieces Cathy Flaugh and Valorie Wilcox and nephews Brain Shaw (Patty) and Michael Gross (Cyndi) as well as in-laws Donna and Tom Newingham, niece Linda (Uwe) Ross, and nephew Thomas D. Newingham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his youngest sister Karen M. Gross, niece Bonnie Ritchey as well as mother and father in-law Ruth and Al Timmins.

Doug will be remembered as a good father, husband and family provider and will be deeply missed by family, friends, neighbors and all who knew him.

Family will receive friends 1:00-3:00 PM, on SATURDAY at McDERMOTT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 334 Forest Grove Rd., Kennedy Twp., where a Funeral Service will be held that day at 3:00 PM.  Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are following the PA/CDC guidelines and mandate requiring the use of facial masks, social distancing and permit a maximum of 25 visitors at one time.  If you feel uncomfortable visiting, may we suggest leaving an online condolence.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Robinson Emergency Medical Services at

998 Church Hill Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

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Doug was a man I always admired. What a great demeanor he had.
I liked working on camp projects with his mechanical skills and his knowledge of nature. He was a good hunter and I enjoyed listening to his stories.
There a few memories of him at camp. He planted 2 American chestnut trees at camp which reminds of him every time I look at them. He is surely will be missed.

Dave Gombar Oct 6 2020 12:00 AM

It was always a pleasure to spend time with Doug at Buck's Camp. Doug's stories of Savage Mt relatives, friends, in-laws and out-laws kept my daughter Ellen riveted to her chair. I'm sure she is listening to Doug and Henskie again.
Doug will be missed at Camp.

PERRY SMITH Oct 5 2020 12:00 AM

My heart is saddened on the passing of doug. My deepest condolences to sherry,lauri,greg and his pride Stephanie. Memories last forever

Cheryl mcdermott Sep 29 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Sherry, Laurie and Gregg. I'll be thinking about you guys. I have so many great memories of Uncle Doug. One of them is his falling asleep on anything he'd sit down on and him always having a camera with him. He's at peace now.

Lots of Love from Denny and Andrea Ritchey

Andrea Ritchey Sep 26 2020 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed Dougs company at Bucks Camp. He was a great story teller and historian of the camp. He loved hunting Savage Mt with a revolver. Doug will always be missed and a hold a special place in camp history.

Steve Schiavello Sep 25 2020 12:00 AM

Please accept our heartfelt condolences
on the loss of your loved one.
Potomac Air Lodge 1976
Retiree's Club

IAM & AW Potomac Air Lodge 1976
228 Moon Clinton Road
Moon Twp, Pa 15108

Potomac Air Lodge 1976 Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Doug was an outstanding member of our Bucks Camp on Savage Mt. Quite the gentleman, very hard worker, knowledgeable and over all nice guy. Always enjoyed his company and was a great hunter. Prayers and thoughts are with you folks, from the fellows from Bucks Camp. Theres a picture of Doug hanging on the camp wall. His company has been surely missed, Al Gombar

Al Gombar Sep 24 2020 12:00 AM

Sherry and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Doug was a fine man and someone I was pleased to have worked with through Shaw Services filling orders for Ross-Tech. Doug and I used to chat about hunting and being outdoors. We shared that common like. We also shared the joy of building things and making things work. He always had a kind way of prompting us to improve things, to make a better product and deliver a better service. Since the start of his illness, I have missed those conversations.

Doug is at peace now. May God grant his peace upon all who are grieving the loss of this fine man.

My deepest condolences,


(Bruce Ruhf, Ross-Tech, LLC)

Bruce Ruhf Sep 23 2020 12:00 AM