Arnold Shaw

Passed away on October 24, 2012

Arnold Shaw, age 93, of Newton, formerly of Jamaica Plain, on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. For 63 years, the beloved husband of the late Jean (Kaplan)Shaw. Loving father of Pam Shaw, Leslie & David Kuschner, and Holly Boyer. Cherished grandfather of Emily Kuschner Yerys, Ronna Boyer and Andrew Boyer. Dear brother of the late Jules, Sam and Morton. Fond uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Services at the Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Burial at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon. Following burial, memorial observance will be at the home of Holly Boyer until 9:00 pm and Friday, 1:00-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 25, 2012

Arnold Shaw

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November 1, 2012

I met Arnie this past summer. During the short time we knew each other, he treated me like a member of his family. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He was a true mensch.
Please accept my sympathies,
Carolyn Eggert, Newton


October 28, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

David Litman

October 27, 2012

I always loved my visits to "Uncle Arnie's" shop, whether to get new glasses or just play with his water cooler. No matter how long it had been, he always greeted me with "Where've you been, kid?" He loved to tell me the story of my first visit to his shop. I was 3 years old and horribly nearsighted and he fitted me for my first pair of glasses. After he slipped them on and sat back, I looked up at him and exclaimed: "Uncle Arnie, I can see!"

October 26, 2012

Dearest Holly, Pam, Leslie, David, Emily, Ronna and Andrew,

My sincerest condolences on the death of your dad & grandfather.

I am honored and privileged to have known both Arnie and Jean from when I was a young boy, living just 2 doors away. The Shaw Family was far more than just a good neighbor. The Shaw household was a 2nd home to me, full of love, laughter, friendship and fun.

Arnie's memory is truly a blessing. Thinking of you.

With much love,
Barry Ostrer

Marvin C. Wright

October 25, 2012

Mr. Shaw was one of best opticians,I had the privilege to work with and learn
From as an optician my self I can only hope to apply what I learned
In my everyday work.
Marvin C.Wright

Mary Wardley

October 25, 2012

I had a relationship with Mr. Shaw long before I met Holly and ultimately met him in person. Living in Coolidge Corner in my college days I would walk by his store and was always delighted by the window display of creative stockings at Christmas time. He and his shop brought fun to my day and a smile to my face as I walked past. I thought, 'this is a shop with a sense of humor.' He, through his shop window brought fun to my day. Years later when I met Holly at my new job and then Mr. Shaw I understood how that window was a reflection of his attitude toward life. He delighted in making people laugh. His volunteer time at the hospital was another example of his giving nature. He taught me a great lesson that I will always treasure.

Elaine and Bernard Shulman

October 25, 2012

Arnold was an inspiration to all who knew him. He motivated people to work on supportive PROJECTS.. We knew him as an active member of Temple Shalom and as a neighbor on A St on the beach. His greeting was a smile and his conversation was filled with laughter. Our condolences to the family.

Judy Stern

October 25, 2012

Holly. My dear friend from the Angier school days. I am so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I'm sure you shared many special times with your dad, and I hope they will be of comfort to you. Sending you a hug.

Cathy & Gary Metzger

October 25, 2012

May wonderful memories of Arnie's great life sooth your sorrow and peace fill your hearts.

Lisa Fruitt

October 25, 2012

Arnie was a prince among men. I knew him first as the father of my friend Holly, then as the adult leader of my temple youth group. He was kind, funny, giving, and opinionated. A loving father and friend. Our deepest condolences to Holly and her family. He was one of a kind and he'll be missed.