Robert Griffiths Shaver, a captain in the U.S. Navy (retired), died in Falls Church, Va., on Jan. 25, 2010, at the age of 91 of congestive heart failure. Born in Long Island, N.Y., on Aug. 14, 1918, the son of Erwin and Ellen Shaver, he graduated from Harvard University in 1939. Robert began his career in the Navy in 1942 in World War II and served as a lieutenant aboard the submarine Sea Robin in the Pacific. His 30-year career in the Navy included service at the Pentagon as head of the Defense Atomic Support Agency.

A devoted Boston Red Sox fan, Robert had a wide range of interests, and was also an avid collector. While assigned in the Panama Canal Zone, he began collecting seashells and identified a new species. He also collected rare orchids at that time. In later years he collected antique bottles.

Robert and his wife, Patricia Kane Shaver, who survives him, were married for 67 years. They spent many summers at Tidy Acres in Owls Head. They took special pleasure in driving their red 1968 Ford in the Thomaston Fourth of July parades. Patricia and Robert met in Litchfield, Conn., playing Kate and Petruchio in a community theater performance of Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.”

Robert is survived by his daughter, Nancy Shaver of Northport and St. Augustine, Fla.; his son, Robert Scott Shaver of Watertown, Mass.; his grandchildren, Sean Bennett, Jennifer Stavovy, and Peter, Kane, Kate, Kellen, Annarose and Tobias Shaver; and his great-grandchildren, Graham and June Bennett.

Robert was predeceased by his son, Peter Kane Shaver.

The family will receive visitors at Murphy’s Funeral Home in Falls Church, Va., on Feb. 6.

Capt. Robert Shaver will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on March 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203 or