Edwin Willis Shaar Jr.

October 21, 1942October 20, 2011

Edwin Willis Shaar, Jr. Naval Commander, scholar, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother. A graveside service and burial with full Military Honors is to be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at the Aggie Field of Honor in the Memorial Cemetery of College Station. Edwin W. Shaar, Jr. was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 21, 1942, the first son of Edwin Willis Shaar and Elizabeth Anna (Barth) Shaar. Raised in Massapequa, LI, New York, he was the star pitcher for his high school baseball team and developed an affinity for the ocean, which was to become a central theme in his life. His career was one of outstanding contribution and distinction. He attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he graduated in 1965 with a dual major in chemistry and pre-med. Following college, he entered the US Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. He trained as a pilot and flew off aircraft carriers with the US Atlantic Fleet of Antisubmarine Warfare. In 1967, while stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas, he met and married Linda (May) Shaar of Raymondville, Texas and the couple had three children. Ed obtained a MS in Oceanography at the Naval Post Graduate School of Monterey, California, and was later stationed in Beeville, Texas, as Air Operations Officer. He relocated to College Station, Texas, in 1988 to serve as Executive Officer of the Naval ROTC Corps of Cadets and Associate Professor of Naval Science at Texas A&M University. During this time, he obtained a PhD in Oceanography from the university. After 26 years of dedicated service, Ed retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander. He then worked as Operations Manager of the A&M Oceanography Department until he retired in 2002. While Dr. Shaar achieved many ambitions, at his core he was a family man. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his three children, Trey (Edwin Willis Shaar, III) of Austin, Texas, Betsy (Elizabeth Ruth Shaar-Krudener) of Floral Park, NY, and Tony (Anthony Lawrence Shaar) of Palm Springs, California; four grandchildren, Bailey, Derek, Eli and Ed Jr.; a sister, Diane Shaar Conway of Hamden, CT and a brother, Gary Barth Shaar of Alpharetta, Georgia.


  • Graveside Service Friday, November 4, 2011

Edwin Willis Shaar Jr.

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October 21, 2014

It's OUR 72nd birthday my friend. I'm here and you are not - that makes me very sad. Rest well my old buddy.
Robert Renneberg

October 30, 2013

Miss you every day, Daddy!

Sue Piastuck

August 24, 2013

So sorry for your loss Linda and especially sorry for my childhood friend, Diane.

Sue Piastuck

August 24, 2013

So sorry for your loss Linda and especially you, Diane.

Frank Bonanno

June 28, 2013

I just recently heard of this horrific tragedy. I am deeply saddened, as I knew Ed decades ago in Massapequa, NY. One of the nicest guys around. I pray for strength and peace for Ed's family.

--Frank Bonanno

March 19, 2013

My childhood Best Friend - "you done good my friend." I think of you constantly. Rest well.
Bob R.

Wayne Jackson

November 23, 2011

Dear Shaar family,
Together with my wife, Carolyn , we are saddened by the loss of Ed. I was a VS-27 ASW squadron mate of his flying off the USS Randolph CVS-15 in the late 60's. He was a good friend of ours . We pray for Linda's recovery. We remember the good times we had with you and salute Ed's service to America. May he rest in Peace. Wayne and Carolyn Jackson,
Wilmington, NC

Cliff Jeffries

November 23, 2011

So sorry for your loss and horrific experience. Can not imagine your suffering. May God give you and your family strength and peace in the days ahead.

November 8, 2011

Dear Linda and family,
We are far away this semester and can't be with you. We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic event. Ed was always a joy to be around and he stood by those with whom he worked. He was always there to help. May the Lord be with you and support you during this trying time.
Wilf Gardner and Mary Jo Richardson

Shawn Layne

November 7, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. R.I.P. Uncle Ed.