Today’s obituaries: Ann B. Shaw, 77, extended career Lowell Sun, Bradford College and ValleyWorks


Ann B. Shaw.

Ann B. Shaw, 77, died unexpectedly from complications from surgery at the Lahey Clinic on August 18. Ann was the wife of David E. Shaw with whom she had just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.

Born in Brooklyn, NY on April 10, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Teresa (O’Brien) Geib and Francis Finnegan. She was educated at Lowell and graduated from Keith Hall Academy, class of 1963. After graduation, Ann worked for The Lowell Sun for many years. She started as a clerk in the newspaper’s library, then moved on to feature editor and finally lifestyle editor. She had the opportunity to meet and write about fascinating people and events and was placed on the Congressional Record.

After Lowell Sun, Ann spent 15 years at Bradford College in the Office of Career Services. While working at Bradford College, Ann completed her bachelor’s degree and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She will remind us all time and time again that she is the only one in our family to have earned this distinction. After Bradford College closed, Ann stayed in the career she loved while working for ValleyWorks Career Center as an Employee Liaison/Business Services Representative where she worked for 10 years until her retirement. retirement.

Ann was as social and outgoing as possible! She surrounded herself with a wide and deep circle of family and friends. Ann has always been the first to offer to host an event or call and invite family and friends over to her home for a wonderful home-cooked meal.

While in retirement, Ann returned to her passion for reading by organizing her beloved book club. She enjoyed planning the evening meal and the theme (centered around the book) as much as the reading itself.

Traveling has always been a favorite pastime and Ann has been able to take many trips with her close friends and family over the past decades. COVID has slightly ruined her travel plans over the past two years, but she’s taken full advantage of opening things up by visiting Europe three times in the past six months. She was extremely close to her girlfriends and shared so many memories.

Ann has spent countless hours over the past decades in her beautiful garden. When she retired, her gardens grew considerably as she had more time for her favorite activity. She did all the physical work herself, and she and her family were all very proud of the beautiful result. Over the past few years Ann has become active at the Haverhill Garden Club and has enjoyed meeting new friends and learning from others who loved her job as much as she did.

Ann loved to be active and could often be found swimming in Cedardale or walking around Newburyport where she could frequently visit family. Ann inherited her mother’s love of the beach and frequently traveled to Salisbury Reserve for her daily walk. She and David would venture to Maine for a weekend getaway whenever they had the chance.

In addition to her husband, David, of 50 years, Ann will be sadly missed by her son, Jared DW Shaw and his wife Melissa (Campbell) of Alton, NH, and her daughter, Ashley (Shaw) Price and her husband Brian of Newburyport . The lights of Ann’s life were her six grandchildren, Gracyn Shaw, Haydn Shaw, Wesley Shaw, Amelia Price, Tessa Price and Davis Price. We are all so lucky to have been loved by her.

Arrangements are under the direction of Brookside Chapel, 116 Main St., Plaistow, NH Relatives and friends are invited to attend roll call at Brookside Chapel on Sunday, August 21, 3-7 p.m. A Christian burial mass will be celebrated at Sacred Hearts Church, 165 S. Main St., Bradford, at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 22. Interment will follow at Linwood Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Ann’s name may donate to High Point Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, or Ruth’s House 111 Lafayette Square, Haverhill. To send a message of condolence to the family or to share a treasured memory, please visit


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