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Randall C. Shaw, professional golf player, teacher

Jan. 31, 1968 – Nov. 21, 2015

Randall C. Shaw grew up playing golf with his late father on the nine-hole JW Parks Golf Course in the picturesque village of Pittsfield, Maine. It’s where he learned to love the game.

He went on to devote his adult life to golf, playing and teaching it, most recently as the head golf professional at the Orchard Park Country Club. His family described him as a great teacher about life, too.

Mr. Shaw died Saturday at his Orchard Park home after a sudden illness. He was 47.

He was born in Belfast, Maine, and graduated from Maine Central Institute in 1986 and Methodist College in 1990.

Mr. Shaw worked as the assistant golf pro at the Baltimore Country Club from 1990 to 1991 and at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1996. He came to Orchard Park as the head golf professional in 1996 and made a home here.

“He always wanted to play golf. It’s been something he as done since he was a kid playing with his dad at JW Parks. That’s where his love of the game started,” said his wife, Celeste.

He was a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association. He also was an NCAA All-American and a PGA Merchandiser of the Year, as well as a winner of the PGA Junior Golf Leader Award.

In addition to golf, he enjoyed basketball and tennis, as well as fishing and hiking, especially in his native Maine.

Mr. Shaw passed on his love of golf to his children. Daughter Sydney Shaw is playing Division I golf at Bradley University in Illinois.

“He was someone who would help anyone, especially juniors. He loved to teach, and was a great teacher of golf and the game of life. He was a loving and kind person,” his wife said.

Mr. Shaw belonged to the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg.

In addition to his wife and daughter Sydney, survivors include another daughter, Abigail; a son, Aiden; and his mother, Joan.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, 4999 McKinley Parkway.

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