Roger Falconer Shaw, Jr. October 7, 1921 – May18, 2020
Passionate about family, football, sea and sky, Dr. Roger Falconer Shaw, Jr. “Happy” was born in New Orleans to the late Thelma McChesney Shaw Dudley and Roger Falconer Shaw, Sr. and brother of the late Captain Tiley Shaw.
Crossing the bar May 18, 2020, he is survived by his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Jordy Shaw; his sons, Dr. Roger F. Shaw, III (Jan), Dr. Lacy B. Shaw; grandchildren, Mignon Shaw Swenson (Steve), Neil B. Shaw (Alejandra), Dr. Ann Hardin Shaw, and Melissa Shaw Elkins (Beau); 6 beloved great-grandchildren, Hunter, Matias, Nicole, Sutton, Asher, and Camille; sister Lila Shaw Chambliss (the late Paul); several nieces, a nephew, great nieces, nephews and cousins.
A graduate of Jesuit High School, he attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy proudly serving in all theaters of World War II rising from Cadet to Captain with a Masters License for any gross tons on any ocean. As a combat veteran surviving many convoys across the Atlantic, at 23, he was at one time the youngest Captain in the Merchant Service which experience provided endless fascinating stories.
After World War II, he graduated from Southern College of Optometry practicing 41 years in Alexandria, Louisiana. He served on the Board of Optometry Examiners for 16 years including one term as President. As past President of the Alexandria Lions Club and head of the Sight Committee he developed a system to provide visual screening for hundreds of schoolchildren in that area.
Through his love of flying small planes, he was appointed Captain in the Civil Air Patrol participating in many search and rescue missions, flying patients to hospitals, and escorting a group of Cadets to Brussels for the World’s Fair. His love of the sea inspired the 8 year voyage aboard “Triana” with his wife, sailing the Caribbean, Atlantic, and Mediterranean, as far as Turkey. Ever the “people person” he formed friendships in many countries and the sailing community.
Moving to Pass Christian from Bay St. Louis after Katrina, he became a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus at Holy Family Parish enjoying many years with his beloved brother Knights. As an avid college football fan, weekends revolved around LSU games culminating in the joy of winning the National Championship. Geaux Tigers!
A remarkable man of many talents and accomplishments, Roger “Happy” Shaw will be dearly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Friday May 22 at 11:00. All are welcome for Visitation from 10:00-11:00; however, because of Covid-19, there will be limited seating for the Mass. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Society, Jesuit High School, or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
The RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Long Beach, is serving the family and online tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com
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