Thomas F. Shaw, 87, of Carbondale, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday February 17th surrounded by his family. He was married for over 60 years to his wife and best friend Mary Ann Zeskowski Shaw.
Thomas was a Carbondale native, born on May 26, 1934, Son of the late Clarence T. and Helena Judge Shaw. Tom was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, class of 1952. He was a U.S. Army veteran, stationed in the U. S. and France. After his discharge from the service, he joined his father in operating Shaw’s Stationary in Carbondale, a longtime local business, and he managed the store after his father’s retirement. He was a lifetime member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Columbia Hose Company #5 and the American Legion Post 221, all of Carbondale. In his retirement he enjoyed traveling and frequent trips to the casinos.
In addition to his wife Mary Ann, he is survived by his five children: Deborah Krueger and her husband Andrew; Arleen Shaw-Mikloiche and her husband Stephen Mikloiche; Joanne Shaw; Thomas Shaw and his longtime companion Angela Pollits; and Beth Shaw and her husband Donald Becker; his five grandchildren: Damien, Noah, Nathen, Elyssa and Colten Shaw; his siblings: Robert Shaw; Helene Gilroy; and Mary Ellen Shaw; and fourteen nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his sister Joan Lubash.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who have cared for him with compassion during his illness, especially Hema Metgud, M.D., Jignesh Sheth, M.D., Lana Banko, CRNP, David Fitzpatrick, M.D., Nat Levinson, M.D., Commonwealth Home Health, Allied Services Hospice and the entire staff of Regional Hospital’s fourth floor.
The funeral will be Tuesday, February 22nd with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in Saint Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Monday, from 4 to 6 pm at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc., 55 Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale. All those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Columbia Hose Company, 83 South Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407 or the St. Rose of Lima Church “Restoration Fund”, 6 North Church St, Carbondale, PA 18407.
There is a line in a poem that states: “we all die twice; the first time is when you take your last breath, and the second when someone says your name for the last time.” So, if you knew Tom, remember him and keep his memory alive by saying his name.