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Alister Dalmar Shaw

Nov 6, 2021

Alister Dalmar Shaw, of Rockport, MA and Nashua, NH, died peacefully at his home in Rockport after a courageous four-year battle with cancer, on October 11, 2021 at the age of 81.

Alister was born in Paisley, Scotland to Thomas and Jean (Scott) Shaw. After arriving in the U.S. at the age of 13 he attended Irvington High School and graduated from East Orange High School in East Orange, NJ, Class of 1959. He later went on to join the U.S. Air Force. While stationed in England, Alister met his wife Jill (Marchant), where they were married in April 1964. Shortly afterwards, they moved to Sacramento, California where his sons Andrew and Robert were born.

After moving to Pirmasens, Germany for service at the U.S Strategic Command Facility, Alister and family traveled extensively around Europe, often packing up the VW station wagon for camping trips. He always treasured the friends and memories made during this time.

In 1970, Alister and his family returned to the U.S. and settled in Nashua, NH where he began his career in nuclear medicine and welcomed a new addition to the family, Jennifer, in 1976. An enthusiastic sportsman, Alister loved tennis, golf, and playing darts. He especially loved the more than 30 years that he spent gardening at the Greeley Park Community Gardens in Nashua.

After 40 years of marriage, Alister’s wife Jill sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2002. Alister later met his partner, Beverly Bernhard, and they continued a very active life between Rockport, MA, the New Jersey Shore and shared many trips in between – even camping this summer. Always proud of his Scottish roots, Alister and Beverly hosted an annual Hogmanay party in Rockport where he would wear his kilt and sporran, with bagpipes playing in the background.

Alister is survived by his partner, Beverly Bernhard of Rockport, MA; his son, Andrew and daughter-in-law, Jill of Andover, MA; his son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Janet of Godalming, England; his daughter, Jennifer (Bujold) and son-in-law, Chris of Nashua, NH, and his cherished grandchildren, Johanna, Morgan, James, Megan, William, Mackenzie, and Sam.

A Memorial Service celebrating Alister’s life will be held in the First Congregational Church, Rockport, MA on Saturday, November 13th at 11am. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the WGBH Educational Foundation, Attention: WGBH Office of Gift Planning and Endowment, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135 or via the WGBH website www.wgbh.org/tribute.

Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.