Carl Frederick Shaw died at his home, Redbud Farm, in the town of Hur, WV, where he had lived for the past 36 years, on Sunday, October 20, 2019, at the age of 90. Carl was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 5, 1929 to Malcolm and Thelma Shaw. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education from Wayne State University, in Detroit. He taught music for a few years in the Breckenridge, CO and Pontiac, MI public school systems. He served for 20 years in the United States Army, playing the clarinet in the 49th Army Band (Salzburg, Austria), the United States Military Academy Band (West Point, NY), and the United States Army Field Band (Fort Meade, MD).
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Carl married Helen (Suthers) Shaw in 1957 and shared life together for 41 years before her death in 1998. He and Helen retired to Hur, WV in 1983, where they built their own home and cultivated a 2-acre, organic garden. Carl is survived by three sons—Dale, of Boise, ID; David, of Concord, NH; and Greg, of Bloomington, IL—seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Carl was a man of many interests including woodworking, nutrition, fitness (he ran a 5K race on his 80th birthday in 35 minutes), and social activism. Doggedly determined, he spent his entire adult life studying and advocating for the Single Tax, a land-taxation philosophy designed to eliminate land speculation and the pervasive poverty to which it contributes. He was a faithful friend who continued to keep in touch with people he had met and worked with over the past 70 years.
Carl’s ashes will be interred in Felicity, OH, this coming spring, alongside those of his father, mother, and sister. Donations in Carl’s memory can be made to the Helen Shaw Memorial Scholarship at Glenville State College (200 High Street, Glenville, WV 26351).
Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV is honored to assist Mr. Shaw's family in memorializing him. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com