OBITUARY

Joseph T. Shaw Jr.

March 26, 1926March 28, 2019

Joseph T. Shaw Jr., 93, of Brewster, MA, an advertising executive who helped to create some of television’s most memorable commercials, died peacefully in his sleep on March 28. He was a former resident of Scarsdale, NY.

Mr. Shaw was born in New York City in 1926, the son of a prominent writer and editor of the crime fiction genre. He was educated in Scarsdale, graduating from Scarsdale High School in 1943. He served in the US Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He continued his education at Williams College and graduated from Yale University in 1947.

Mr. Shaw began work as a cameraman with ABC during the golden era of live television in the 1950s. He joined Dancer Fitzgerald Sample, a top tier Madison Avenue advertising agency, in 1953. He was a television commercial producer and later Senior Vice President of Television Commercial Production Services.

DFS produced such iconic commercials as the Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” campaign, and Bounty Paper Towel ads with Rosie’s catchphrase “The quicker picker upper.” There were other top ads for such national clients as Proctor & Gamble, General Mills, Best Foods, Hanes, and Toyota.

While living in Scarsdale and raising four boys, he became active in volunteer work and community service. He was involved in scouting, the United Fund, United Way, and the Scarsdale Town Club. He coached many teams in the town’s youth leagues. He was a founding member of the Maroon and White booster club for Scarsdale High School athletics. He also founded the Scarsdale Hawks ice hockey club in 1963, and was its guiding force, administrator and head coach for decades. He stepped down in 1988, after he had successfully gotten the team recognized as a school varsity sport.

In recognition of his outstanding service, he was selected by the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year in 1981.

As a child, Mr. Shaw spent summer vacations on Indian Neck in Wellfleet, in a hilltop cottage his father built in the late 1930s. Upon his retirement in 1988, Mr. Shaw and his wife, Helen, built their own dream home in Brewster, overlooking Sheep Pond. It was the family gathering point for many fun holidays and vacations over the years.

He and Helen became members of Cape Cod Adventures and were soon avid travelers. They went on many trips through Europe and the United Kingdom, as well as cruises through France and Alaska.

With time on his hands, he returned to two things he loved – golf, and more volunteer service. He became a member of the Captains Course in Brewster where he made many new friends and played many rounds each year. He rarely broke 100 but was happy to keep trying. He was active several years as a member of the Brewster Golf Commission. He served as Chairman and Honorary Chairman, and, in 2009, became a Commissioner Emeritus. Each year he managed the Captain’s Course Junior Golf Day.

He was an avid reader, typically reading three books at one time. He also enjoyed tracing the family genealogy and had it mapped back to the 1600s. Upon moving to the Cape, he embraced New England sports and was a diehard fan of the Patriots and Red Sox.

Since retiring to Cape Cod, he was a member of the First Congregational Church of Harwich. Previously, he was a longtime member of the Scarsdale Congregational Church.

Mr. Shaw was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Helen, in 2009. He was predeceased by a son, Peter, of Wellfleet, in 1980, and a son, Richard, of Wellfleet, in 2011. He is survived by Robin (Bauer) Shaw of Harwich; Chris and Mary Shaw of Rowayton, CT; David and Susan Shaw of Wayne, PA; and four grandchildren, Tom, Pete, Luke and Sarah.

A private burial was held April 3 in Wellfleet, MA. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

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Laura Eldridge

April 15, 2019

So sad to hear of Mr Shaw's passing. He was a wonderful man. Working at Brewster Vet Hospital for 26 years, I remember him coming in with all of his animals that he took such wonderful care of. My condolences.

Kate Perry

April 12, 2019

Joe Shaw was a kind and generous man who would always lend a helping hand to young people trying to find their way. He helped me at DFS when I asked him how I could become a producer. He placed me
as a production coordinator in a creative group where I learned the business and went in to a long and successful career.
He was open and encouraging and I will always remember him with gratitude.

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