In Loving Memory

George Everett Shaw
10/20/1916 - 4/13/2012

George Everett Shaw, age 95, of Franklin and Mt. Dora, Florida, died peacefully on Friday, April 13, 2012 in Florida.

Born October 20, 1916 in Oil City, he was the son of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Betz Shaw.

In 1941, George, an entrepreneur, recognized a demand in the growing mold repair industry. This led to the creation of several businesses including Shaw Industries of Franklin, of which he was the Owner and CEO, the Pearson Machine Shop of Oil City and Ablap Corporation which included many projects with NASA.

He was very active in civic and national clubs and various organizations during his lifetime. He was the owner/proprietor of the Red Barn Theater, which hosted the Franklin Civic Operetta. From 1986 through 1992 he was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Oil City YMCA and held memberships in the Ornamental Turners Society, The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and was instrumental in the start up of the Venango Museum of Art, Science and Industry.

In 2001, George was the benefactor of more than 65000 3-D stereoviews to the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum in Meadville. The facility is a historic landmark museum, unique in the United States and named in his honor. It contains pictures captured from throughout the world by photographers from the Civil War era to present day. The museum will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October 2012.

George is survived by his wife, Jennifer Wesner Shaw of Knox; his daughter, Carol S. Georgia of Rehoboth, MA; two granddaughters: Heather L. Marciello and Stephanie S. Georgia and a great granddaughter, Alessandra R. Marciello.

Also surviving are his stepchildren: John Wesner, with whom he resided while in Florida; Patricia Rex, Vince Wesner, Dennis Rex and Jacque Wesner; four step grandchildren: John Alden Wesner, Vanessa Kelly, Denver Mitchell Rex and Michelle Gibson and George’s friend and caretaker, Regis Tologo.

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012, at the William N. Rupert Mortuary, Inc., 430 Mendenhall Avenue, Knox.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the funeral home. Reverend David Coul will officiate.

Interment will follow in the Venus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be given in the name of George Everett Shaw to the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum, 423 Chestnut Street, Meadville, PA 16335 (www.johnsonshawmuseum.org); Alzheimer’s Association, 1128 State Street #301, Erie PA 16501 (www.alz.org/donate) or the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (www.alzfdn.org/donate)

Online condolences may be sent to George’s family at www.rupertfuneralhomes.com

Online Condolences

From:  Karen Martin   Cochranton PA

Relationship:  friend (though we never met)

As a volunteer at the Johnson-Shaw Stereoscopic Museum, I will be forever grateful for Mr. Shaw's rescuing, and later donation, of the priceless artifacts from the Keystone View Company. What a forward-thinking and generous man he must have been.

Sent:  4/15/2012

From:  Linda Runyan   Knox PA

Relationship:  friend of Jennifer

Well, Jennifer, your beloved George has come back to Pennsylvania. A sad occasion for a beautiful time of year. He is a peace now and you need to take care of yourself during this sad time. Linda Runyan

Sent:  4/16/2012


Relationship:  friend

I first met George when I went to work at Coogan's Plumbing in 1979. I so enjoyed his stories of history when he would stop in. He was a very special person and will be sadly missed.

Sent:  4/18/2012

From:  Northwestern PA Chapter NTMA   Meadville PA

Relationship:  trade associates

George touched many of our lives through his years of involvement in NTMA. Deepest sympathy to your family.

Sent:  4/25/2012

From:  Bill Starn   Meadville Pa

Relationship:  Business

Please accept our condolences. George will be remembered as one of the founding members of the machining industry in western Pa.

Sent:  4/25/2012

From:  Jennifer Shaw   Phoenix AZ

Relationship:  Step Granddaughter

I would like to send my condolences to the family. George adopted my Father Alan when he was a small child. Although I never got the chance to meet George, I did hear many stories about him.

Sent:  4/26/2012

From:  Edwin Grau   New York, New York

Relationship:  Friend

We all are going to miss such a good and wonderful person.

Sent:  8/19/2014

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