Robert W. Shaw Sr., 69, longtime proprietor of Fuller’s Trading Post, died Feb. 12, 2010, at his home following a four-month illness.

Born in Boston, Mass., on March 29, 1940, he was the son of Norman H. Sr. and Clara Corey Shaw. Growing up in Stoughton, Mass., Bob attended local schools and was a 1958 graduate of Stoughton High School.

Beginning employment with Stop & Shop Supermarkets while in high school, Bob continued as a meat cutter with that company.

On Oct. 9, 1960, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth G. Witham, in Stoughton, Mass. Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Hyannis, Mass., where he worked as a meat cutter with Dagget’s South Yarmouth store. In 1962 he joined Angelo’s Supermarket’s of Rockland, Mass., again as a meat cutter. During this same period, he moved his growing family to a home in West Yarmouth, and in 1969 completed building a new home in Yarmouth Port. In his more than 20 years of service with Angelo’s, he advanced to meat supervisor for the entire chain.

In 1982 the Shaw family moved to Hope, where Bob purchased Fuller’s Trading Post in South Hope. Shortly thereafter, he purchased the former Wilson’s Market on Tolman Pond in West Rockport, renaming that business Bob’s Variety.

In 1996 he sold the South Hope store and continued assisting his son and daughter in the daily operation of Bob’s Variety. Bob particularly enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie he had with the regular early morning coffee gang at the store. While running the stores, Bob was actively involved with Associated Grocers of Maine, serving as a member of the board of directors from 1985 to 1999; he was chairman for part of that time.

For several years with his wife, Betty, Bob has wintered in Florida, the past 12 years at High Banks Marina & Campground in DeBary, Fla. At High Banks, Bob enjoyed many friends and was able to participate in his favorite pastime, fishing.

As a young man, Bob started through the chairs with the Masonic Lodge on Cape Cod. Since moving to Hope, he has been an active member of the Union Lodge of Masons No. 31, Claremont Commandery, Kora Temple Shrine of Lewiston, Midcoast Shrine Club and served several years as wagon master of Kora Campers.

An outdoorsman, Bob always enjoyed fishing and hunting, but more than anything he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved his constant canine companion, Buffy, a Miniature Poodle. He was a member of the Hatchet Mountain Snow Riders and Mid Coast ATV Club.

Always involved in the community, he served on various boards and committees with the town of Hope, including the Planning Board, Cemetery Committee and Budget Committee.

Other than his parents, Bob was predeceased by three brothers, Russell E. Shaw, Howard R. Shaw and Arthur S. Shaw.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty of Hope; his son, Robert W. Shaw Jr. and his wife, Dianne, of Union; his daughter, Donna M. Wincapaw and her husband, Peter, of Hope; a brother, Norman H. Shaw Jr., and his wife, Doris, of Charlestown, Mass.; two sisters-in-law, Gertrude E. Shaw of Belfast and Margaret Shaw of Virginia; two grandchildren, Deanna Wincapaw and Nicole Wincapaw, both of Hope; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit Thursday, Feb. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St. in Rockland, where services will be held Friday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. The Rev. Andrew Stinson will officiate, followed by a Masonic funeral conducted by brothers of the Union Lodge of Masons No. 31. Spring interment will be in East Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Midcoast Shriners, Million Dollar Club, c/o Tom Steverson, P.O. Box 363, Jefferson, ME 04348; or Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841.

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