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Obituary of Robert Shaw Sr. –

Robert Phillip Shaw Sr left this world on November 3, 2022 and is eternally laid to rest. His obituary will be updated with his final resting places. Rob’s cremains are placed in the three places he loved most in this world: dedicated to the sea, scattered in his hometown and dedicated to his family. Rob will be fondly remembered by his widow Jerri; children Robbie, Lauren, Ethan, Jake, Adam, Amanda and Molly; grandchildren Jonathan, Leah and Oliver; former wives Kim and Mary; mother Sheila; mother-in-law Phyllis; brother Paul; sister Cindy; cousin Preston; niece Rachel; son-in-law Paden; extended family and friends. Lieutenant Commander Robert Phillip Shaw Sr.’s ceremony was held with full Naval honors at sea on July 23, 2023, from aboard the USS Leyte Gulf. The steel casket containing his cremains bore the golden eagle crest from his personal officer uniform, and it lies just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina – the very place where he enlisted. Rob loved his memories of South Carolina. It’s where he learned to cast a shrimp net, where he honed his hunting and fishing skills, and where his grandson Jonathan was born. Of all the oceans he sailed in service to our country, no place could be more meaningful or appropriate to honor him. On December 26, 2023, Rob’s ashes were also scattered in a private ceremony in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Rob was born there, grew up there and cycled up and down every street. He learned to hunt and fish from his paternal grandparents in a stone cabin they had just outside of town. The scattering took place in Sequiota Park, in the spring branch just over the hill from his grandparents’ house. Rob told many stories about climbing through that forest and over that hill to play – carving his initials in the caves, chasing away the bats, fishing in the small reservoir with crawfish he caught by turning over rocks. He was free and full of life there. The waters of the Sequiota flow into the James River and beyond into the many lakes that make up the waterways of southwestern Missouri, where he enjoyed boating and fishing. And finally, Rob’s memorial stone was placed and a graveside service was held on January 19, 2024, at the Garden of the First Miracle at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia. Family and friends gathered that day not only to honor Rob’s 30 years of Navy service or simply to remember the fun he had in his many hobbies. We gathered on that day to recognize the true legacy of Robert Phillip Shaw Sr – the legacy of his three blended families who gave him his greatest joy in life – the love of his seven children (Lauren, Amanda, Molly, Ethan, Jake, Adam and Robbie) and his three grandchildren (Jonathan, Leah and Oliver). It’s easy to think of Rob as a Navy man or a fisherman, but Rob’s real legacy was that of a father and grandfather. He was most proud when he was with his children and grandchildren. He was happiest when he could help them, take them places, make memories with them and just share his time and life with them. Now we carry with us the memories of his deep voice, funny laugh and gentle kiss. The memories of football games, road trips and time spent fishing with him. The memories of playing catch in the yard, long walks on the beach and Harley rides. The memories of bad dad jokes, bro days and the smell of burnt plastic from his homemade bait. Now it is precisely those moments that we cherish the most. The memories of his stories, the memories of his advice, the memories of his love – the memories of the time he spent with us – those memories will be cherished in our hearts forever. The tragic loss of Rob Shaw from our lives continues to be deeply painful. His passing was like an explosion, shaking everyone who ever loved him or called him a friend to their core. Our hope is that the love present in our memories will soothe us. Our faith is that we know that peace will come as we collectively mourn and grieve for him. We have “the man, the myth, the legend” by Robert Phillip Shaw Sr. honored and highlighted. He is now in eternal peace on the water. Rob will be forever missed, forever remembered and forever loved. Rob, you weren’t Superman, but you were our hero. Please know that we will carry on and carry you in our hearts forever. Rest in peace – we have the watch. The family is very grateful to those who helped us through this painful time with their kindness and support. We remain forever grateful. Contributions in Rob’s name can still be made to The Headstrong Project at theheadstrongproject.org.

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Robert Phillip Shaw Sr. left us on Thursday, November 3, 2022. He is survived by his loving wife, Jerri Shaw and their beloved son, Robert (Robbie) Phillip Shaw II, Hampton, VA; ex-wife, Kimberly Srogi, their daughter Lauren Nichol Shaw and precious grandson Jonathan Michael Shaw, Anderson, IN; ex-wife, Mary Shaw, their sons Ethan Travis Ray Shaw, Jacob (Jake) Wade Shaw and Adam Richard Shaw, Hampton, VA; stepdaughter Amanda (Strickland) and Paden Haas and precious granddaughter Leah Jean, Hampton, VA; stepdaughter Molly Strickland, Springfield, MO; mother and stepfather, Sheila and Richard Ward, Silverdale, WA; brother Paul Shaw III and nephew Preston, Biloxi and Long Beach, MS; sister Cindy and Rick Albertson and niece Rachel Worden, Port Orchard, WA; beloved mother-in-law Phyllis Dixon, Springfield, MO; extended family and friends. Rob was born on September 13, 1965 in Springfield, Missouri, and no matter where he wandered, the Ozarks were always where he called home. Rob joined the Navy in 1983 as an E-1 and rose through the ranks, retiring in 2012 as a lieutenant commander. He was an initiated Chief Petty Officer and as Senior Chief he was commissioned and joined the Wardroom as a proud Mustang. He served on many submarines, surface ships and coastal commands. He was especially proud of his time as a crew member of the USS Narwhal (SSN-671), the USS South Carolina (CGN-37) and as Executive Officer of the USS Ardent (MCM-12) immediately following September 11th. terrorist attacks. Rob received multiple awards and combat designations, including his Enlisted Submarine Warfare, Enlisted Surface Warfare and Surface Warfare Officer pins, eight Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. Rob was a devoted son to Sheila and Richard and a respected brother to Paul and Cindy. Most of all, he was loved by his children and grandchildren and did his best to be there for them. Whether it was giving advice to Lauren, being proud when Ethan graduated from Old Dominion University, pacing the sidelines at Jake’s football games in Smithfield, coaching Adam’s baseball travel team, crying when Robbie was at 10- earning his Junior Black Belt at age, beaming with Amanda and Paden on their wedding day, laughing with Molly about corny jokes, driving to pick up Jonathan for school and summer vacations or playing Grandpa Shark with Leah. Rob was an expert bass fisherman, an avid Kansas City Chiefs fanatic, enjoyed going to NASCAR races (RIP #3), a Harley rider, and a huge history and museum buff. He had many friends, from all walks of life, all over the world, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Please consider a donation in Rob’s name to The Headstrong Project, a group that provides mental health services within the military community. But above all, remember Rob in your hearts – just as he remembered all of you in his hearts – and know that he is out on the water somewhere, with blue skies, throwing a gum trick worm under one of God’s docks. “Vincit Qui Patitur”