A great family man who had a special gift of making people laugh


NORTH READING — Christopher J. Shaw, 61, of North Reading, died on July 15, 2021, in Winchester.

Chris was born in Chelsea on June 8, 1960, and he was the beloved son of Frederick M. and Carolyn B. (Erickson) Shaw of North Reading. He was the oldest of seven children.

A lifelong resident of North Reading, he was a member of the Class of 1979 at North Reading High School where he was a star athlete on his baseball and basketball teams. Following high school, he joined his family working as a carpenter for Frederick M. Shaw & Sons Construction. Every day he enjoyed working with his father and brothers, and his sense of humor brought comic relief to the work site.

Family was especially important to Chris. He loved his daughter, Nicole, and all his nieces and nephews. Finding out he had a daughter late in life brought him so much joy. He will be remembered by many for his special gift of making people laugh.

A sports enthusiast, he loved the New England sports teams. He enjoyed golfing, playing horseshoes, camping with the family, men’s softball, participating in Wiffle ball tournaments and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Nicole McCoy and her fiancé, Johnny, of Woburn; his brothers, Drew Shaw and his wife, Janet (Ahlman), of Parsonfield, Maine; Rick Shaw and his girlfriend, Andrea Scuito, of Wilmington; Terry Shaw and his wife, Tracy (Despres), of North Reading; Brendon Shaw and his wife, Kerri (Gallo), of North Reading; his sisters, Diana Stokes and her husband, John, of North Reading; and Valerie Previte and her husband, Mat, of Andover; his nieces and nephews, Jillian, Kimberlee, Danielle, Bobby, Ahmed, Yousef, Adam, Hillary, Bridget, Tommy, Emily, Kayla, Nichole, Billy, Christie, and Danny; and his great nieces, Grace, Emma and Kyra.

Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading, on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St. Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

To send an online message of condolences please visit www.croswellfuneralhome.com.