Richard Patrick Shaw

Richard Patrick Shaw

August 15, 1930 - June 26, 2011

Richard Patrick Shaw

August 15, 1930 - June 26, 2011


Richard Shaw, 80, of Mission Viejo, California, took his place with the Lord on June 26, 2011. He passed away, at home, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born on August 15, 1930, in Los Angeles, California, Richard was the only child of the late Daniel and Florence Shaw. Richard spent his youth and was raised in San Bernardino, California.

Richard married his second wife, Betty Wells, in Laguna Beach. They knew each other as children, growing up only a few miles from one another and reunited in matrimony in 1982. Betty survives him.

Richard graduated from Loyola Marymount University of California in 1957 and Pepperdine University.

Richard proudly served in the U.S. Navy in the 1950’s and was a reservist in the Air Force until the 1970’s. After his discharge, he was employed by Loctite, then Kaydon, in sales and management, retiring in 1995.

Richard was extremely active in the Catholic Church. He served as a Eucharistic Minister and most recently worked with the Bereavement Ministry at St. Kilian Catholic Church, assisting families to cope with the loss of loved ones through faith and compassion.

Richard is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Jay Allen of Tarzana, CA.

Richard, or ‘Papooh’ as he was affectionately known by his adopted family, is also survived by Bill and Mary Wells of Manhattan Beach, CA; grandchildren Brian and Chelsea Wells of Manhattan Beach; Shane, Cameron, and Brandon Wells of Eugene, Oregon; Erin Wells of Belgium; and Jason and Lauren Engel of Laguna Beach, CA; and 7 great-grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his son, Gregory.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 27th at St. Kilian Catholic Church, 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 at 10:30 am. Richard Shaw will be interred with honor at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California on a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send memorial donations to:

Hospice of Saddleback Valley
28521 Paseo de Valencia, Suite #100
Laguna Hills, CA 92653


American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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3 responses to Richard Patrick Shaw

  1. My condolences to Betty, and Richard’s family with prayers for continued strength and inspiration to build a renewed life after Richard’s passing.

    I pray that Richard will be welcomed by the Lord, who already knows how deep Richard’s faith in Him was.

  2. I had a long and enjoyable conversation with Dick late in May. He said he was under Hospice care and had resigned himself to his fate. We chatted about our pioneering days at Loctite and shared some old stories about the great team that developed the company and the acceptance of its then alien technology. Dick was a very smart and uninhibited guy and he was totally competent and upbeat during our lengthy discussion. His last words to me were, “ See you in Heaven, Bill!” . . . Wow!!! What a great remembrance! What a great guy!

    Bill Pauwels, Sr

  3. My condolences to my oldest and best friend Denise for the loss of her father. I have shared many memories with Denise and her family since we were 5yrs old. I know how painful it has been to loose her father. Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with her during this difficult time. We will continue to keep the happy memories she had with her father alive:
    Dick may you rest in peace! xxoo DeeDee and family

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