OBITUARY

Eugene Leslie Shaver

December 27, 1925January 12, 2021

On January 12, 2021, Eugene Leslie Shaver passed away; Beloved husband of 15 years to Gertrude T. Shaver (nee Fitzsimmons); Loving father of Patricia Maggio, Mark Shaver, Kevin Shaver, and Lisa Shaver Singer; Cherished grandfather of 5 and great-grandfather of 4; He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years Frances Shaver (nee Yamrus), by his parents, Leslie and Stella Shaver, and by his brothers, including Chester Walski (Mary).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to either the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) or the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

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Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
25 January

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 pm

St. Mark Chapel

30 Melvin Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

Funeral Mass and Military Honors will be Livestreamed starting at 10am.

Memories

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Charles Trainor

January 19, 2021

Eugene (Gene) was a true gentleman. He was helpful and always had a good word for everyone and a smile. I remember standing at the window and watching as he jogged around the block, he enjoyed exercise and being active.

Bob & Carolyn Maranto

January 17, 2021

Gene will surely be missed. We had the pleasure of singing with him when we were members of the two funeral choirs, the St Mark choir and the Archdiocesan choir. He was always a gentleman and fun to be around. He loved his Catholic faith and was a staunch conservative. Our condolences to Gertrude and family.
Bob & Carolyn Maranto

Marie Cassizzi

January 15, 2021

I loved Gene s story how he got to work getting us into the Senior Center Building
On Rolling Rd . And the he was always happy
Rest In Peace Gene
Your friend
Marie Cassizzi

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Biography

Eugene Leslie (Gene) Shaver, a resident of Catonsville Maryland since 1956, passed away at age 95 on January 12, 2021 at the Seasons Hospice Center in Baltimore. The son of Leslie Shaver and Stella Kwiatkowski, Gene was born on December 27, 1925 in Swoyersville, Pennsylvania, and was a direct descendant of Philip Shaver, the founder and namesake of Shavertown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Leslie Shaver, an artist and World War I veteran. His half-brothers were Chester Walski, Bernard Meehan and Edward Meehan from his parents’ prior marriages.

Gene always showed a proficiency for things technical. While in Kingston, Pennsylvania high school he took a course in ham radio operations. Following in his father’s footsteps from World War I, Gene joined the Army in January 1944 just after his 18th birthday because of his strong desire to serve his country in World War II. Because of the radio course, he was made a corporal and radio operator, eventually being promoted to Tech Sergeant, and served in the Philippines with the 25th Division and later in the Army of Occupation in Japan.

After his discharge from the Army in 1946, he took advantage of the GI bill, attending King’s College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania for two years and then Bucknell University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1950.

Gene worked for Corning Glass Works in Corning, New York and Albion, Michigan as a Production Supervisor in the Television Tube Manufacturing Department from 1950 to 1952. Gene married his childhood friend Frances Theresa Yamrus in 1951. They moved to Muncy, Pennsylvania in 1952 where he worked as a plant engineer with Sprout, Waldron & Co. until 1956. While living in Muncy, Gene and Fran started a family. Their first three children, Patricia, Mark, and Kevin were born during their time in Muncy.

In 1956 the family relocated to Catonsville, Maryland when Gene took a job with Westinghouse Electric, where he would work until his retirement in 1987. He became a registered Professional Engineer in 1959 and his duties at Westinghouse included being an Engineering Section Manager, a Program Manager for Electronic Countermeasure Equipment, Torpedoes, and Ocean Research Diving Saucers, and the Business Operations Manager on the APG-68 Radar for the F-16 Fighter Plane. Gene was awarded two US patents for his work related to sonar for torpedoes. After attending night school, in 1973 he obtained a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Maryland. Never one to sit still for long, Gene achieved Able Toastmaster in 1979. During this time, he even found time to build a television with work-from-home kits, and it remained in use for many years.

In 1959 Gene and Fran purchased a new home where he lived until moving into Beechwood Assisted Living in 2018. In their home in Catonsville, the family welcomed their fourth child Lisa into the family. Gene loved living in Catonsville next to Patapsco State Park, and he ran and hiked there often. He was committed to family times together through local activities, coaching, doing house projects, making Christmas extra special, and traveling the US. He believed strongly in education and reading and made sure his children completed college. He took great pride in his children, who they are and their achievements.

In 1987, upon his retirement from Westinghouse, Gene and Fran began travelling the world. They took trips to all seven continents, making lifelong friends with fellow travelers and having reunions for many years all over the US. Highlights included Antarctica; eastern Africa with a hiking and camping safari in Malawi; and hiking to a monastery and having tea with the queen of Ladakh.

Gene and Fran were very active in the Catonsville Senior Center. They established the van ridership program for bringing members to the center and returning them home, and enjoyed playing on softball teams there. After a long illness, Fran passed away in 1996 after 45 years of marriage. Gene became much more active in the Catonsville Senior Center. He was inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame for Volunteerism in 2006. His later accomplishments at Catonsville Senior Center included serving as Treasurer, introducing QuickBooks financial computer program to eliminate the manual check writing and record keeping, and establishing the Assets Inventory System.

He also was very active in his church and was a member of St. Mark Parish. For decades, he was in five church choirs, including the Archdiocesan Choir and two funeral choirs. He regularly sang at services, concerts, ordinations, and more than 500 funerals.

Gene was a very active runner and weightlifter. After decades of daily exercise and running, he began entering Senior Olympics events in 1999 for the 74-81+ age group. From 1999-2007 he won 124 medals - 62 gold, 32 silver, 30 bronze, and 16 4th/5th/6th place ribbons, participating in long jump, discus throw, sprints, and medium distance (half mile) races. He qualified at the Maryland state level every two years for the National Senior Olympics held in 2001 at Louisiana State University, in 2003 at Norfolk State University, in 2005 at University of Pittsburgh, and in 2007 at University of Louisville at nearly 82 years old.

Gene was also very active in his community. He was president of a local community association where he was passionate to represent his neighborhood. He helped lead citizens to stand up and oppose proposed major zoning changes in rural areas of Catonsville along Frederick Rd, which have been preserved to this day. He also was a founding member of the Rollingwood Pool which provided decades of fun for his family and surrounding neighborhoods. He also enjoyed years of coaching and umpiring Little League, girls’ softball, and Junior Achievement.

Gene met Gertrude Fitzsimmons at the Catonsville Senior Center. After a few formal event dates, they fell in love and became sweethearts and were married in 2005. Together they shared their love of daily walks, singing, reading and volunteering.

Gene will be remembered for his commitment, the lasting impacts of his volunteerism, curiosity, neighborliness, citizenship, focus on health, enjoyment of puzzles and reading, love of singing, quick wit through wordplay which always brought laughter, and how he expressed his affection through clever nicknames for those he loved.

Gene is survived by his wife Gertrude, and his daughter Patricia Maggio and husband James Maggio of Crozet, VA, grandchildren Lauren Parker and husband Jerry Parker (great-grandchildren Lucas and Declan), Michael Maggio and wife Kelly Maggio; son Mark Shaver and wife Peggy Shaver of Bradenton, FL; son Kevin Shaver and wife Jayne Shaver of Midlothian, VA, grandchildren Patrick Shaver, Michael Shaver (great-grandchildren Lee and Aria), Suzanne Shaver; and daughter Lisa Shaver Singer of Kirkland, WA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mark Chapel in Catonsville, MD.