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Mr. Thomas J. Shaw

Obituary for Mr. Thomas J. Shaw

July 22, 1945 - March 26, 2018
San Antonio, Texas | Age 72


July 22, 1945 – March 26, 2018

On March 26, 2018, Thomas Joseph Shaw, lost his valiant battle with cancer, and was received in heaven by Jesus Christ, his Savior. Tom graduated from St. Ann's Catholic Grade School and Central Catholic High School (Class of 1963) where he was captain of the basketball team. He also attended Ranger Junior College, Ranger Texas. After college, Tom joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country for 6 years. Tom then followed in his father's footsteps as a police officer with the San Antonio Police Department, where he served on the SWAT Team, Bomb Squad and as a Field Training Officer. Tom approached his role as a police officer with a firm desire to protect and serve the citizens of San Antonio. He will be remembered by his fellow officers for his acute marksmanship, dependability, loyalty, and friendship. After retirement from the SAPD, Tom applied his law enforcement experience to the role of investigator with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office under Susan Reed.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Lt. Wilton Shaw (SAPD, Ret.) and Anne Andry Shaw; maternal grandparents, Nehman Moses and Afifi Andry; paternal grandparents, Edmonde and Dora Ann Shaw; brother, Edmonde Andry Shaw, nieces, Caroline Ann Shaw and Andry Michelle Wood; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Tom is survived by his daughters, Terrah Jane Shaw and Lynsie Lynnette Shaw (Whit Outlaw), brother, Wilton Shaw Jr. (Sylvia), sister, Margaret Shaw Gallagher (John); maternal aunt, Margaret Andry Karam, and numerous nieces nephews, cousins, loyal, longtime friends, Jep and Judy Canon, Dr. George Mimari, Oscar Perez, Homer Vallejo and Armando Ibarra (to name only a few). Tom also leaves behind numerous partners and friends from the San Antonio Police Department, active and retired. We will remember the legendary stories he told of his experiences with the SAPD and the DA's Office. He was truly a policeman's policeman. To all of us left behind, he was a devoted and loving dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and a proud Marine, shooting partner and an incredible teacher. We look forward to the day we will be joined again in Heaven with our Hero.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Porter Loring North Chapel

A special thanks to Dr. Steven Kalter, Dr Keith Eyre and the staff of the Start Center for Cancer Care, in addition to the staff of Select Rehab, Brookdale Patriot Heights and Kindred Hospice.

A profound thanks to Jep and Judy Canon for their vital assistance, dedicated friendship and loving devotion to Tom during his cancer treatment. We will be forever grateful.

As we mourn Tom's passing, we remember one of his favorite quotes while he fought his cancer: "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" - Marion R. Morrison, a.k.a., John Wayne. Semper Fi, Tom. We love you beyond measure and shall never forget you.

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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