David H. Shaw, a retired US Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman living in Virginia Beach, passed away after a brief illness September 3rd at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. He was 61 years old and had been working for the past 17 years as an Engagement Leader with Cerner Corporation, a healthcare information technology company.
David (Dave) was born on February 8, 1955 in Marietta, Georgia and lived most of his childhood years in Forest Park, Georgia. He was a graduate of Forest Park High School. Following high school he worked as a surgical technician at Grady Hospital in Atlanta alongside his mother. He enter the US Navy in November of 1978, completed Hospital Corpsman School and was first stationed at the Beaufort Naval Hospital in South Carolina. He became an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman “Doc” and obtained the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists’ Pin. During his 20+ year Navy career, Dave was stationed at Naval Regional Medical Center in San Diego, CA, USS Roark (FF-1053), US Marine Corp Bases, Camp Pendleton, 29 Palms, CA, Naval Station Bremerton, WA, USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3), Naval Station, Guam, Naval Academy Prep School, Newport, RI, USS Kidd (DDG-993) Norfolk, VA, US Navy Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA and his last duty station Fleet Training Group Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia Beach. He received an Honorable Discharge in July of 1999.
During his younger years, David was a member of Civil Air Patrol, enjoyed dirt bike riding, racquetball and photography. Later he obtained his scuba diving certification and enjoyed many years under the sea. He was a true sports fan and loved his Atlanta Braves, Falcons and NASCAR Racing. He loved to visit baseball parks and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He collected sports jerseys, ball caps and Harley Davidson T-shirts from all over the world. He loved a good craft beer and to visit local breweries wherever he went. He found the place “where everybody knows your name” in Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant in Virginia Beach. He made many friends there and was dubbed Dave #2, having his own barstool and stein. He and his wife Jeri attended Oktoberfest, Munich Germany in 2014 with many of his Gordon Biersch friends. He was active with the Patriot Guards Bikers Group. He was excited to retire in April, 2017 and travel on his newly purchased Class 5 RV Motorhome with Jeri.
Dave had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell stories. He was right about everything. He was a “brilliant and hilarious man!” (his words). Dave was also very generous. He was a good husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Once you were his friend, you were his friend for life.
Dave was predeceased by his parents Cimmie D. and Lura Hall Shaw and his sister Madeliene Carol Shaw Bizub. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Jeri Shirley Carson of the home; son, Justin David Shaw of Virginia Beach; brothers, Rev. Dr. Claude Dennis Shaw (Marilyn) of Sandy, Utah; Stacy Marc Shaw of Forest Park, Georgia; stepdaughter, Courtney Lynne Carson of Greenville, North Carolina; nephews, Christopher D. Shaw (Bridget) and Matthew Bizub; nieces, C. Denise Shaw and Rebecca White Wyatt (Jason) and his great nieces and nephew.
He will be greatly missed by all of us. “Prost, Dave Shaw”.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Semper Fi Fund in Dave’s memory by clicking HERE.
Date: Friday, September 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
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