David W. Shaw Ret. Sgt. R.I.S.P.

Date of Passing:

February 25, 2021

Shaw, David W., (Ret. Sgt. R.I.S.P.), 81, of Echo Drive, Barrington, died peacefully on February 25, 2021.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Victor H. Shaw Sr. and Mary M. (Lynch) Shaw, he lived in Barrington for 15 years.

Mr. Shaw was a Rhode Island State Trooper for 20 years retiring with the rank of Sergeant in 1982.

David was a communicant of St. Brendan Church. He was the first elected Vice President of the R.I.S.P. Fraternal Order of Police and then went on to become a President of the R.I.S.P. Fraternal Order of Police.

Sergeant Shaw received a Certificate of Merit from the American National Red Cross on July 17, 1973 for his selfless and humane action when he assisted in rescuing three and gave artificial respiration to one victim of an automobile accident and helped saved their lives.

David was a graduate of East Providence High School Class of 1957. He was a United States Army Veteran.

He is survived by a brother, Victor H. Shaw Jr. of Riverside; two nieces, Christine and Cheryl; a nephew, Victor and several great nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Margaret M. Shaw.

His funeral will be held on Monday March 1, 2021 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday 2-6 pm. The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only fifteen people will be allowed in the building at a time. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in David’s memory to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care of RI, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI, 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

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  1. Used to tip a “cold one” regularly at Carson’s bar in Riverside many years ago. Great guy, great sense of humor.
    RIP Dave

  2. David was my best friend, the best man at my wedding and the god father of my first born. He was .y inspiration for joining the RISP. We did some crazy thing in those days. His family was the best. May you rest in peace my friend.
    Fred and Carolyn Bayha Waxhaw; North Carolina

  3. I knew Dave prior to my state Police service and was the first Trooper to work with at the Wickford Barracks. Great guy to work with, proud to have known him. He was in my wedding Party in 1969. We had lots of fun during those years. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest In Peace Dave.

  4. Rest in peace Dave.

  5. Rest in peace Dave. You were a good man and trooper.

  6. David as a friend and brother trooper, it was a pleasure to have known and served with you. May the good Lord bless and keep you

  7. I served with Dave Shaw at several barracks and was always a professional, proper trooper, but he had a quick sense of humor when the timing was right. Rest in peace old friend.

  8. I served with Dave Shaw at several barracks and was always a professional, proper trooper, but he had a quick sense of humor when the timing was right. Rest in peace old friend.

  9. Dave as a great person and did much to improve the department. I was fortunate to have served with him

  10. All RISP members owe a debt of gratitude to Dave for his dedication to improving the welfare of the entire department. Rest In Peace Dave.

  11. Peter C. Edes, 68, Sgt. Dave Shaw was a good man , I enjoyed working for him. He was one of the good guys. A am so sorry to here of his passing. RIP my friend, and thanks for your service in the US Army.

  12. DAVE was without a doubt THE BEST OF THE BEST.
    He taught me well at the Wickford Barracks, many
    good nites on Late Patrol especially in the Narragansett
    bar area. May you RIP my friend and may your family
    find piece knowing you meant so much to so many.

  13. He was the good guy. Great to work with

  14. He was the good guy. Great to work with

  15. I met Dave at the Portsmouth barracks in 1980. He had a serious but comical way about him. Left a great impression with me. Another sad day for our brotherhood. An incredible department we all served. Miss so much of it. May he Rest In Peace.

  16. So sorry to hear of Davy,s passing. He was one of the good guys. A lot of fun to work with. When Davy was around there was never a dull moment

  17. Always will remember all the laughs we had at the Portsmouth Barracks. Just a great guy. To the Shaw family sorry for your loss? May Dave Rest In Peace. God bless his soul.

    Bill Eckert
    Class of 68 RISP

  18. Dave was at the Portsmouth Barracks my first day reporting for duty July of1972. He made me feel welcomed and shared several witty remarks.

  19. I served under Sergeant Shaw at the Portsmouth Barracks in 1981. He was an honorable man and and teacher. He wore the uniform proudly and cared deeply. I offer him and his family members my deepest sympathy. May God rest his soul.

  20. My condolences to the Shaw family. Dave was respected by all of us. It was an honor knowing and working with him. May he Rest In Peace with the Lord.

    God Bless you Dave

    Joe Miranda #43

  21. Sgt Shauns family

    He was a great mentor to me during my stay at the Portsmouth state police barracks he will surely be missed by all

    Rest In Peace

  22. Sgt. Shaw was instrumental in my training during my rookie assignment at the Portsmouth Barracks. His professionalism and all around knowledge shaped many young troopers….

    My condolences.

    John Leyden
    Class of “79”

  23. To the family of Sgt. Shaw:

    Dave was a wonderful man with a great wit and a dedicated Trooper and mentor.
    May he Rest in peace!

  24. Condolences to the Shaw family on Dave’s passing.

    Rest In Peace Dave.

  25. Dave and I were classmates,class of 1960 and always joked that we made it through the class. Proud to have served with you Dave. I respected and enjoyed you as a friend and fellow Trooper. Rest in peace.

  26. Great memories working together . Many a laugh. He was “one of the good guys .”
    Rest In Peace Dave

  27. Great to work with and a pleasure to know, my condolences to the Shaw family.

    Gerry Donovan
    RISP #45 ret.
    Class of ’72

  28. ‘Davie’ was a mentor to me as a young Trooper back in the 70’s. He wore the uniform proudly, represented the men of the RI State Police with great dignity and poise, and always had a quick ‘wit and smile.’. I was proud to serve with him during my tenure.

    RIP Trooper


  29. To the Shaw Family, I am so saddened to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a family friend and our Landlord for 10 years. We have fond and fun memories of Dave, Midge & your mom. May he Rest In Peace.

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