Huddersfield Daily Examiner (04/Sep/1916) - Death of Mr. John Edward Shaw

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We regret to record the death, which took place at his residence, Burlington House, yesterday, of Mr. John Edward Shaw, at the age of 67 years. Mr. Shaw recently had a very severe illness, but it was thought that he had almost recovered. Mr. Shaw was perhaps better known because of his business as a high-class photographer, but he was esteemed and widely respected reason of his long association with religious and social welfare work in the district. Born at Lockwood, Mr. Shaw, like his parents before him, became at an early age associated with the High Street United Methodist Church. For the long period of 61 years he had been intimately associated with the church and Sunday school, and held almost all the offices in connection with them. He had been a trustee of the church, and church secretary for 25 years. Had he lived until Thursday nest he would have celebrated his jubilee as a teacher in the Sunday school – a period of service of which he was naturally very proud. Twice he has acted as a representative at the denominational Conference, and he was a member of the Connexional College Committee. For many years he was president of the band of hope in connection with the Sunday school. Mr. Shaw had also a long association with the temperance movement in the locality. He was a trustee of the Temperance Hall, a vice-president of the Huddersfield Temperance Society, and prominently connected with the National Commercial Temperance League. As one of the founders of the local branch of the Y.M.C.A. Mr. Shaw had done much to promote the interests of that useful organisation; indeed, both in connection with the Y.M.C.A. and with the High Street Church Mr. Shaw had been greatly interested in the welfare of young men. Mr. Shaw was a Freemason, and had acted as Chaplain to the Huddersfield Lodge. On two occasions be had been asked to contest a vacancy in the representation on the Town Council, in the Liberal interest, but he was not, however, a very keen politician. As a lecturer Mr. Shaw was much appreciated, and he often gave lectures on literary and scientific subjects and on his travels on the Continent and elsewhere. Mr. Shaw was passionately fond of gardening, and had contributed articles to this journal on rose growing in this district. Mr. Shaw's hobbies were tennis, golf, and, in his younger days, cycling.

Mr. Shaw leaves a widow, three sons, and two daughters. One of the sons, Mr. Charles R. Shaw, is now carrying on the business. Captain Frank Shaw, whose sea stories have won for him a large number of admirers, is in the Royal Engineers, and the other brother, Captain Stanley Shaw, is attached to the Army Service Corps.

A service will be held at the High Street Church on Wednesday afternoon, and the interment will take place later in the Huddersfield Cemetery.