James Ralph Shaw, 68, a resident of the Feeding Hills section of Agawam, formerly of Springfield, died on Monday, March 14, 2022 at Baystate Medical Center. He was born and educated in Springfield, a son of the late Howard L. and Ruth E. (Abbe) Shaw Hodge and step-father, Stanley M. Hodge and was a graduate of Technical High School Class of 1971. Shortly after graduating from high school, he worked for Steiger’s Department Store for several years before he began his forty-three year career with Smith & Wesson as a machinist from which he retired this past January of 2022. Jim was a member of the Agawam First Baptist Church, was a dedicated member of the Agawam Boy Scout Troop # 82, as well as an active coach in the Agawam Youth soccer, and baseball programs. He also was an avid race fan and was a pit crewmember of several teams racing in the modified divisions at the former Riverside Park. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors where he volunteered his time for over thirty-years at the Oceanwood Camp in Ocean Park, Maine. He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of 44 years, Elizabeth M. “Betty” (Randall) Shaw and leaves a son, Kenneth J. Shaw and his fiancée Teressa Cote of Agawam; a brother David R. Shaw and his wife Donna of Feeding Hills; two grandchildren, Lily Bailey and Elijah Oquendo; three sisters-in-law, Margaret M. Avezzie and her husband Harold of Hampden, Marie G. Osgood and her husband Robert, and Eleanor Randall all of Springfield, and his aunt Joan Stack; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his parent’s he was predeceased by two brothers-in-law, Richard M. and James R. Randall. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, March 22nd from 4-7 PM at the Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., in Springfield. His funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 23rd at 11:00 AM at the Agawam First Baptist Church, 760 Main Street, with burial to follow in the Agawam Center Cemetery, Main St., both in Agawam. Contributions in his name may be directed to the Agawam First Baptist Church or the Agawam Boy Scouts Troop # 82.
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