Donald E. Shaw, P.E

Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | May 22, 2024

Donald E. Shaw, P.E., 83, of White Oak passed away Monday, May 20, 2024. Don was born in Canton, OH, and was the son of the late Edward and Dorothy (Menke) Shaw. Don obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and his M.S. in Engineering Mechanics from Case Western Reserve University where he became a PhD Candidate, Reliability of Offshore Structures. He belonged to the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. He was a long time member of Faith Lutheran Church in White Oak. Don was employed by Westinghouse and D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers until 1985 when he went into private practice as an Engineering Management Consultant. For the last twenty years of his career, he and his wife, Sandy (Shaw Organizational Solutions) helped organizations to continuously improve. This was a labor of love for Don. He applied his many and diverse skills to help everyone to be their best and to have a voice. Don believed in the dignity of work. One of his greatest joys was to witness positive change not only for the organization but for everyone involved. He loved learning and creating. He enjoyed painting, photography, woodworking, and cooking but, most of all, he was a voracious reader. Don’s love of books included science, theology, philosophy, and neurobiology. He marveled at all that God created and wanted to learn more and more. And how he enjoyed giving books! Because he was a great listener, he would zero in on a person’s interest/needs and find just the right book! Don’s favorite outing was to take the grandchildren to the bookstore. Those were among his happiest memories. Above all, his profound love and affection for his children, grandchildren, and extended family was evident in every fiber of his being. He could see their light shining. At the end of his life, their love, care, and support brought joy beyond measure. 

Donald is survived by his wife, Sandra A. (Rodgers) Shaw; son, Christopher E. Shaw of Commerce Township, MI; daughter, Stefanie B. (Shaw) Weese and her husband, Lee Weese of East McKeesport; step daughters, Kristin L. (Anderson) Byzek and her husband Eric Byzek of Monroeville, and Amy (Anderson) Bair and her husband Jeffrey Bair of Pittsburgh; and by his grandchildren, Sydney, Trevor, and Ainsley Shaw, and Molly, Jacob, and Lucy Bair. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:00am at the Faith Lutheran Church - 1656 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. Pastor Michael Ryan will officiate. In lieu of a visitation, the family invites you to join them for lunch at noon (Fellowship Hall at the church) for fellowship and the sharing of memories. Inurnment will take place at the Faith Lutheran Columbarium. Arrangements are by the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Additionally, in lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Faith Lutheran Church. Condolences can be made at 

Originally published May 22, 2024.

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