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  • Keith B. (Pete) Shaw

    My father passed away this morning. He was my hero and a friend to all he encountered in his 96 years.

    Few in the Studebaker community knew him save for those he met at the Omaha International Meet. He wasn't really a Studebaker fanatic like some of us but he had a connection nonetheless.

    During WWII he worked at the Martin plant in Omaha building B26 and B29 bombers. He had a 37 Studebaker that he drove to work there...except on real nice days when he would ride his hopped up Harley 80 police special.

    He once had a 48 or 49 Champion when we lived in Moccasin, Montana that he liked a lot. It had a tissue dispenser below the dash that my mom kept bumping her knee into. So, one day she literally kicked it off and tossed it out the window!

    He was responsible for my involvement with Studebakers as he took me to see my first car, a 53 Champion. The story of getting that car is chronicled here:

    RIP, dad. If I was half the man that you were I'd be twice the man I am.
    Bob Shaw
    Rush City, Minnesota
    1960 Hawk -
    "The farther I go, the behinder I get."

  • #2
    Prayers to you and your family, Bob. Your post reflects the dignity and grace bestowed by your father.
    John Clary
    Greer, SC

    SDC member since 1975


    • #3
      Sad to hear Bob, but you will see him again, of this I am sure.



      • #4

        I'm sorry to hear this. I know you took good care of him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.



        • #5
          My sincere condolences to you Bob. Your Dad seemed like a great person as well as a great father.

          Stu Chapman


          • #6
            'Sorry to hear of that, Bob. 'Sounds like he had a good run! BP
            We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

            Ayn Rand:
            "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

            G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.


            • #7
              My thoughts and prayers as well, Bob.
              "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

              Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              '33 Rockne 10,
              '51 Commander Starlight,
              '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
              '56 Sky Hawk


              • #8
                Condolences from All of us in Australia and New Zealand.
                John Clements
                Christchurch, New Zealand


                • #9
                  It is hard to lose a parent no matter what our age or theirs. I wish you peace.
                  Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

                  40 Champion 4 door*
                  50 Champion 2 door*
                  53 Commander K Auto*
                  53 Commander K overdrive*
                  55 President Speedster
                  62 GT 4Speed*
                  63 Avanti R1*
                  64 Champ 1/2 ton

                  * Formerly owned


                  • #10
                    Sincere condolences, my friend.

                    Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |


                    • #11
                      My condolences Bob. Take care
                      In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.


                      • #12
                        Bob, We are sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & yours!


                        • #13
                          On behalf of the entire Shaw family, THANK YOU for your well wishes. We had dad's Celebration of Life yesterday and my two brothers and I gave dad a great send off...replacing tears of sadness with tears of laughter. Three wannabe stand-up comedians telling priceless stories and "dadisms" to a captive audience. It was epic and dad would approve. Later this year his ashes will join our mom's in their most beloved spot on earth, overlooking St. Mary's Lake in Glacier National Park.
                          Bob Shaw
                          Rush City, Minnesota
                          1960 Hawk -
                          "The farther I go, the behinder I get."


                          • #14
                            My condolences Bob on behalf of the Nutmeg Chapter.
                            '63 Cruiser
                            '57 Packard wagon
                            '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
                            '50 Commander 4 dr sedan


                            • #15
                              St. Mary's lake is indeed a beautiful spot to spend eternity. Have been there many times dating back to 1954.