William Donald (Schabowski) Shaw, 78, passed away May 20, 2020 at Baystate Medical Center. Born in Springfield, MA, he was a lifelong area resident. William was the son of the late Theodore and Millie (Bergman) Schabowski. He is predeceased by his brothers Theodore and Robert Schabowski. He leaves his sister, Alice (Schabowski) Widmer of East Longmeadow. William also leaves his loving companion of 26 years, Eleanor “Ellie” Dowd of Chicopee; his sons: Michael J. Shaw and his wife Gina of Springfield, Paul W. Shaw and his wife Joanne of Wilbraham and Christopher R. Shaw and his partner Jessica Jeune of West Park, FL; his grandchildren Benjamin and Caitlin Shaw of Ludlow, and Casey Shaw of West Park, FL; Allison Mercier and her husband Nathan and great-granddaughter Aviana. He also leaves Ellie's daughters, Laurie Hickey and her husband Jason of Athol and Mary-Beth Steele of Chicopee and her grandchildren Nickalos and Ryan Steele and Lila Hickey.
William worked as an assembler for many years at Kidder-Stacy, Inc. in Agawam. He was a member of the former Adriatic Club on Worthington Street in Springfield and also a member of the Moose Club in Chicopee. He enjoyed deep-sea fishing, going on cruises, going to the beach and ballroom dancing in his younger years. A skillful handyman, he could fix anything and could always be found working on new projects.
Funeral services will be held privately for the immediate family and have been entrusted to Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services. To offer online condolences, visit www.nowakfuneral.com.
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