Victor H. Shaw Jr.

Date of Passing:

November 24, 2022

Shaw, Victor H. Jr. 90, of Dearborn Drive, Riverside, died unexpectedly on November 24, 2022 at home.

Born in 1932 in Providence, he was the son of the late Victor H. Shaw Sr. and Mary (Lynch) Shaw, he was a lifetime resident of Riverside. He was a brother of the late David Shaw and the late
Margaret Shaw and a long-time companion of the late Ann T. Spinella.

He graduated from Providence College and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He was a Korean era war veteran, and upon separation from active duty, he joined the United States Army Reserves. He was a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. A veteran of 24 years, he retired with the rank of Colonel in 1992. He also served as a former Post Commander and Finance Officer of the American Legion Post #10 in Riverside.

He was employed by the Small Business Administration as a loan specialist, eventually rising to the position of Assistant Director for Finance and Investments, and was named Federal Executive of the year in 1978.

Upon retirement from the Small Business Administration in 1986, he began a second career in banking working for ten years for Bank of Boston. During that time, he was selected and served on the Governor’s Task Force to evaluate the assets of the defunct credit unions. He was a founding member and past President of Mortgage Underwriters Association of R.I.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, living an independent life, going to the gym, dining out and watching movies, old and new.

He is survived by two daughters, Christine Backner and her husband Jonathan of Cumberland, RI and Cheryl Shaw and her husband Eric of Edgartown, MA, and a son, Victor H. Shaw, III, of Cumberland, RI. He leaves seven grandchildren: Hillary Backner, Rachel Backer, Jared Backner, Julia Schnabel, Carly Schnabel and Nicholas LePage. He was known as the “Godfather” by his ten Godchildren.

His funeral will be held on Friday December 2, 2022 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 with Military Honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours are Thursday 4-8 p.m.

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  1. I worked with Victor for many years at the U. S Small Business Administration. We often changed jobs and offices. I see he liked old movies and I do too, perhaps we learned that at SBA, but more likely reflecting how fast the years have passed; they brought back exciting and pleasant memories to us both of our younger days
    Vic I see retired from the Army Reserve and I from the Naval Reserve. He out ranks me and accordingly I salute him and I also salute him because he was a good man, a man of character. Rest in Peace Vic.

  2. Cheryl so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sending love & prayers to you & the family.

  3. I remember Victor from the days of the Mortgage Underwriters Association, as part of the team of charter members and also having served in all the officer positions. Victor was always a straightforward, humble, respectful and knowledgeable man, one who I felt privileged to know. The utmost professional, he held the respect of many, he was certainly a man to emulate. My sympathies to his dear family and friends. There are many who are sadder to learn of his passing. May he rest in eternal peace and love.

  4. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

  5. So sorry for your loss. We know how sad it is to lose someone you love. If there is anything we can do to console you and your family. Please let us know. We love you.

  6. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  7. Vic was my Vice Commander and succeeded me as Commander of Post10, always ready to help and a true gentleman, peace to his friends and family.

  8. Vic, always seemed to have a smile on his face. He was a loyal PC Alumnus.

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