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Leo J. Shaw III.

11/18/1955 - 09/05/2023


Obituary For Leo J. Shaw III.

Leo Joseph Shaw III, 67, of Warren, departed this earthly life during the early morning hours of September 5, 2023, after a cardiac event.

Leo was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on November 18, 1955, to the late Leo Jr. and Alice (DeMello) Shaw. Leo was raised in Jamestown, Rhode Island and attended Rogers (Newport) High School prior to enlisting in the United States Navy. Upon completion of his time in the Navy, Leo spent his career as a chef in the East Bay of Rhode Island where he would settle and raise a family with Edna (Lima) Shaw, whom he had previously been married to for 39 years.

Leo was a free spirit full of life and he loved nothing more than the time spent with his three sons, Timothy (Lee Ann) of Warren, Eric (Danielle) of Bradenton, FL and Jeffery Shaw of Warren. As his three young, rambunctious sons were getting older he enrolled them in the local youth football, wrestling and baseball programs. Leo enjoyed coaching and mentoring not only his sons, but their many friends and teammates through the Warren Youth Pop Warner and Warren Little League programs. Those that knew Leo will always remember his love of sports cars, especially his 1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Additionally, as Papa Butch, he loved helping raise his four grandchildren (Mia, Dylan, Addilyn & Jacob Shaw). He also cherished the times fishing with his sons, playing cards with family and friends, going on cruises, watching professional wrestling and listening to classic rock and roll.

Besides his sons and grandchildren, he is survived by his brothers Daniel (Felicia) of Warwick, William (Carmen) of Woonsocket, Charles Sr. (Lisa) Shaw of Coventry, and his sister Candi (Brian) Horta of Wellington, FL. Leo is preceded in death by his sister Debbie (Bart) Madison of North Kingstown. Butch, as those closest to him knew him by, will very much be missed by his many in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and former co-workers. To have known Leo was to have loved him. May his smile, laugh and the many fun times had with those that he crossed paths with live on forever.

Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI, where the family will receive relatives and guests for Visitation on Sunday September 10, 2023, from 10am – 1pm. A private ceremony will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Leo to either the Department of Veterans Affairs Providence (830 Chalkstone Ave. Providence, Rhode Island 02809) or to the East Bay Warriors Youth Football Program (89 Chace Farm Rd. Swansea, Massachusetts 02777).

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  • 09/10/2023

    I didn't know Butch that well, but what I do remember is that he always gave warm sincere hugs...insert smile here

  • 09/09/2023

    A big thank you to a great man in heaven and a big hug to my cousins Timmothy, Eric and Jeffrey.

  • 09/06/2023

    I was new to the family at the time. Tim and I had been dating for maybe a year or two. His parents invited us to join them and friends on a cruise last minute. It was our first cruise (but not the first for them!). Eastern Caribbean on Carnival Cruises...I'll never forget it. Butch was non-stop fun! There wasn't a game, show, dance night, or deck party he was going to miss. I'll always remember the look of joy on his face and how I thought to myself, "he is really enjoying every minute of this and I love it". He was also my biggest fan during a karaoke competition out at sea, cheering louder than everyone in the room. He always showed me love and made me feel part of the family. I will miss him very much.

  • 09/06/2023

    I am so for the loss of Leo (Butch). He was a great man. Easy going, very friendly. I want to thank Leo Shaw for his dedication and sacrifice for serving in the Military to protect our country. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ May all of you cherish your memories and keep them close to your heart. With deepest sympathies Christine Vieira-Trant

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  • 09/06/2023

    It was an honor knowing you Leo( Butch), From when we we're younger living in Jamestown, I was down your house hanging with your sister's, going to the beach swimming, Great memories. Few years back at Thanksgiving you made a Green bean casserole, omg so good, You told me how you made it, and this year Butch, I will be making it in honors for you. ( I know yours will be better).So sad that you left us so soon.R.I.P Butch. Dan and I( Felicia) will miss you always.

  • 09/06/2023

    Uncle Butch was the Uncle everyone hopes to have growing up. Funny, sneaking you snacks, teaching you wild life lessons and helping you out in times of need. I was lucky to have you as a Uncle. I was literally talking about you a week ago. We were discussing wrestling pay per views we liked as kids and I brought up 2001s Wrestlemania 17. Rock V. Stone Cold. I had to see it. My two favorites wrestling each other in a HUGE main event. I BEGGED my parents to order it (yes back in the day you had to call your local provider kids) and they said yes and I remember me my dad and uncle Butch crowded in front of our little TV in the basement that had the only cable box in it and we experienced that show together. It was a memory that has never left me. I wish I got to see you more as an adult and that's on me. Thanks for everything Uncle Butch. Rest in peace. - Little Mario

  • 09/06/2023

    Was a great honor to call him my brother in law. He was my best man at my wedding and always had time to help me when i was younger. He amazing father and outstanding grandfather. The one thing you only need to know about him was caring man. Butch I love you and thank you for being yourself..

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