In Memory of




Obituary for Dennis E. Shaw

Dennis Edward Shaw, 80, passed away peacefully at home in Westerly, RI with his loved ones at his side.

Dennis was born in Centerville, Iowa he was the son of Edward and Mary Shaw.

Dennis graduated from Centerville High School and enlisted in the Unites States Navy. He was stationed first in California then was transferred to New London, Connecticut where he trained as a machinist mate on the nuclear submarine the USS Abraham Lincoln. Dennis completed his service after six deployments and settled down in Norwich, Connecticut where he held various positions at Electric Boat and Pratt and Whitney, and finally with Prudential Life Insurance where he was employed as an agent for over 50 years. He raised three children, Michael Shaw, Mary Devine, and Susan Shaw with his former wife Elizabeth in Norwich, CT. He had many friends in Norwich and enjoyed many wonderful dinners and functions with all the families and their children together. He is the grandfather of Valeria Shaw, Colton Greer, Jacob Greer, Michaela Shaw, and Declan Harris. He is survived by his longtime beloved partner, Donna DeGroff. He is also survived by a brother, James Shaw of San Diego, CA and a sister Martha Rogerson of Valencia, CA. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Lane, his brother Stephen Shaw of CA and his grandson Gordon Munch.

Dennis owned properties in Norwich for many years and as a landlord provided, homes, for many people over the years. He was a kind and caring landlord who befriended many families and went out of his way to help and assist many in need.

Dennis cherished spending time with his daughter Susan, finding treasures at yard sales, working on home projects. He was especially proud of her service in the marines.

Dennis and Donna enjoyed many wonderful years of swing and country dancing, biking, rollerblading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends in Westerly and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Visiting hours are omitted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 111 High St., Westerly, RI on Wednesday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly. For online condolences please visit