TURNER — Rodney Shaw, 82, peacefully passed away at his home with his family by his side on Monday, May 15.

He was born November 26, 1934, the son of Printess and Kay (Burdin) Shaw. He was a graduate of Leavitt Institute 1953 and the University of Maine, Orono Class of 1957 in Business Management. He was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and Army ROTC, graduating as a commissioned officer. He later earned a graduate degree in Banking at Rutgers University. After graduation from UMO, Rod served at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. It was from here that a call was made to Leeds, asking the love of his life, Marilyn “Mim” Waite, to be his bride. They married in August 1958 on the base.

After two years of service Rod moved his young and growing family to the Washington, D.C./Richmond area where he worked in the photo industry. But Maine always beckoned and he and Mim returned in 1969. He made his career in banking with Casco Bank and later became Treasurer for The Hartford Insurance Agency from which he retired in 1998. Rod was very active in his community. He was a member of the Turner Board of Appeals and Budget Committee and was President of the Trustees of Leavitt Institute. He was as member of Kiwanis, Rotary and a Free Mason, Nezinscot Lodge. He prided himself on never missing the Turner Town Meeting. He and Mim were among the founding members of the Leavitt High School Sports Family. For the past forty years he took an active role on the board of his college fraternity Sigma Nu.

Baseball was one of his passions. He played for Leavitt Institute and later played center fielder for the Turner Townies. In 1957 they went to a National Championship Tournament in Battle Creek MI. He coached youth baseball and umpired many local games. He was a great fan of the Red Sox, traditionally going to opening day at Fenway with good friends, Don Ricker and Scott Honaker. This trio was often seen at many Leavitt Hornet athletic events. He took great joy in supporting his seven grandchildren at their many and varied activities including baseball, skiing, field hockey, ice hockey, boy scouts, dance, soccer, drama, music, and on.

His greatest joy outside of family was being outdoors. He was a lifelong fisherman, hunter, woodsman and pilot. He and Mim spent considerable time at their camp in Northeast Carry on Moosehead Lake, where the door was always open to friends for a good meal and a game of cribbage or dominos. He found peace in nature often going for long walks in the woods with his wife or just alone.

Rod is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mim; two sons, Kenneth and wife, Darcy, of Turner, and David and wife, Julie Ann, of Auburn, and a daughter, Nancy Ricker and husband, Harry, of Turner; his brother, Joe and wife, Linda, of Vermont; sisters-in-law, Barbara Angell, Thelma Waite, and Dorothy Shaw; grandchildren, Andy Ricker and wife, Megan, of Turner, Kendall Ricker and wife, Alicia, of Greene, Sam Ricker and fiancé, Tomi, of Auburn, Morgan and Emily Shaw or Turner, and Savannah and Donovan Shaw of Auburn; and great-grandchildren, Thomas and James Ricker and Charli Kay Ricker. He was close with his many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother Pete Shaw, sister in law Jean Shaw, brothers in law Dick Angell and Clint Waite. The family would like to thank Androscoggin Hospice and Friends Alternative Care service for their care and support.

Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.com

Rodney Shaw

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