Sunday, January 07, 2018

Webb Shaw passes away

Former BJ newsroom editor Webb Shaw passed away January 3 in Wisconsin. His widow is Katie Gaab-Shaw.

Jane Gaab Scott, Katie’s sister, is married to former BJ editor Dave Scott. They live in Copley.

Webb’s father, the late Ohio native and Fremont (Ohio) Ross High football star Bob Shaw, was an all-American end on Ohio State’s 1942 national championship team coached by the legendary Paul Brown, who eventually guided the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.

Later Bob Shaw was a tight end with the 1949 Los Angeles Rams and was receivers coach with the Baltimore Colts in 1958 when they beat the New York Giants to win the NFL championship in what has been called "The Greatest Game Ever Played."

Webb’s obituary:

Webb A. Shaw, 66 years, passed away peacefully at home on January 3rd, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on July 25, 1951 to Robert and Mary Shaw in Calgary, Alberta.


Webb graduated from Northwestern University with a Master’s Degree in Journalism.


He married the love of his life, Catherine Shaw (Gaab), in Peninsula, Ohio. They started their family in Ohio and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin in 1992, when Webb began a successful career at J.J. Keller & Associates. Webb retired from J.J. Keller in January 2015 as Vice President of Editorial Resources. He greatly enjoyed working with his colleagues at Keller and serving on the national Software and Information Industry Association’s Content Division Board.

Webb was active in his community. He served on the Town of Caledonia Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Committee, and he served for 10 years on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Board of Directors. He was proud of his involvement in the International Torch Association. Webb enjoyed sharing meals and conversation with his family and friends. He was an avid reader and wordsmith, and he loved boating, traveling, and football.

Words cannot express how much Webb will be missed by his wife Katie Shaw, daughter Lindsay Davis (Dave) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, son-in-law Steve Sheets of Kiel, Wisconsin, grandchildren Ty and Dominick Sheets and Clara Davis, a sister Amy (Steve Hayes) Shaw and nephew Dakota. Webb was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Shaw, and his beloved daughter, Dr. Erica Sheets.

A Memorial Service for Webb will take place on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 11AM at Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street, Appleton, with visitation from 9-11AM. Fr. John Braverman celebrant. Private interment in Ohio.

In lieu of flowers please donate in tribute to the Michael J. Fox Foundation ( ).

Webb’s family thanks the St. Paul Hospice Team and Webb’s extended family, friends, and neighbors for their kind support and care.


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