Claire Jeannette (Hayward) Shaw of Claremont, NH, passed away peacefully on May 27, 2019. Many knew Claire for her pleasant smile and gentle nature. She was loved by many and a friend to all.
She was born on Davis Street in Claremont, NH, on September 7, 1926, the daughter of Merton and Melanie “Mary” (Nault) Hayward. She was a graduate of St Mary’s High School class of 1944 and married Harold Richard Shaw Sr. on May 12, 1945. They lived on Airport Road in Claremont for several years before moving to Vermont, residing there for more than 30 years. In her retirement years, she resided at the Earl Bourdon Centre on Maple Ave in Claremont then moved to the Ascutney House then Green Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation in Colchester, VT.
Claire worked for the Claremont Savings Bank as a customer service representative and retired in 1991. She was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, a member of St. Mary’s Alumni Association, the St. Andrew’s Society of NH and the Women of the Moose Lodge #639 of Claremont.
She was the widow of Harold Richard Shaw, Sr. He died September 5, 1997.
The surviving family includes two daughters, Linda J. Liang and her husband Stanley of Sun City, AZ, and Alana C. Shaw and partner Kim Hier of Winooski, VT; two sons, Glenn M. Shaw and his wife Karlie of Claremont and Harold R. Shaw, Jr. and his wife Cherie of Bow, NH; one sister, Rita C. Hague of Louisville, KY; 10 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by one son, Ervin D. Shaw, two sisters, Helen M. Leonard and Geraldine N. Jeffrey; two brothers, John Francis Hayward and Richard A. Hayward.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 31st at the Stringer Funeral Home. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Claire suggested donations be made in her memory to St. Mary’s Alumni Association, St Mary’s Rectory, 32 Pearl Street, Claremont, NH 03743
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