Ryan by the sea - one of his favorite places.
Ryan Shaw
  • 18 years old
  • Date of birth: May 29, 1997
  • Date of passing: May 9, 2016

This memorial website was created in loving memory of Ryan Shaw, who left this world too soon on May 8, 2016. Let this memorial serve as a tribute to a brilliant young man who will be missed by all. Please share your condolences and thoughts with the Shaw family via this page. 

Memorial contributions may be made in Ryan's name to either of the following:

The Haven Project, 57 Munroe St., Lynn, MA 01901 

The Mustard Seed Communities, 29 Janes Ave., Medfield, MA 02052


Additionally, a scholarship fund will be established in Ryan's name.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jennifer Saunders on 29th May 2016

"Thinking heavily about the Shaw family today.  I pray for peace and comfort and thoughts of loving memories with Ryan..."

This tribute was added by Marjorie Doto on 29th May 2016

"Thinking all of Ryan's family and friends today on his birthday. Love and prayers"

This tribute was added by Jackie Eames on 29th May 2016

"Lighting a candle today...in Ryans memory."

This tribute was added by Daniel Rosen on 24th May 2016

"I'm so incredibly sorry to hear about your tragic loss.  I wish there were something I could say or do to lessen the pain of this tragedy, but my prayers are with your whole family.  Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Ryan, he sounds like an amazing human being.  I'm so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Mitchell Glazier on 20th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne,
Babs and I are heartbroken about the passing of Ryan. Of course we wish we could in some way ease your pain. Please know we have been thinking of you both and your family as you deal with this very difficult tragedy.

Mitch and Babs"

This tribute was added by William Morrison on 19th May 2016

"To the Shaw Family
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your son Ryan.
May you celebrate his life in the hours, days, months and years ahead. He will never leave your minds and hearts.
May Ryan rest in Peace. May your hearts heal with time.
Bill Morrison"

This tribute was added by Heather Ingrando on 17th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family - I am so very sorry to hear of Ryan's passing. You have all been in my thoughts constantly since learning of your loss. I will continue to pray for your family. May your wonderful memories of Ryan bring you comfort for a life lived with love and happiness.
With sympathy,
Heather Ingrando"

This tribute was added by Cheryl Eckel on 16th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,
My son Andrew is a pike brother. Although I didn't have the pleasure of meeting Ryan I feel as though I have met him thru my son. Andrew was devastated when he received the unfathomable news of Ryan's passing. I will never forget the ride back into Boston that evening with Andrew & his GF Hannah. They both adored your son. I have been crying with them all week. He sounded like a remarkable young man. Please know that you and your family are forever in our prayers. My son promises to make your son proud.  Ryan will be forever missed. God Bless your family. Love, The Eckel
family. Andover MA"

This tribute was added by David Klee on 16th May 2016

"We know you only from our walks through the neighborhood but have always been so struck by how kind your children and their friends have always been - both to our family and with one another - whenever we passed. We are so sorry for your loss. - the Klees"

This tribute was added by Barry Rosen on 16th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,

I am heartbroken to learn of your devastating loss of Ryan. I am certain he was a loving son and sibling to his family as well as a great loss to the world. Please accept our deepest condolences - Barry Rosen + Lara Van Slyke"

This tribute was added by Nancy DiSpirito on 16th May 2016

"Dear Scott and family,

Having lost a brother and step-daughter of similar age, I understand and am so, so deeply sorry for your loss.  A part of yourself dies with the loss of a child and sibling.  Through time, a new part of you is reborn, guided by your memories of Ryan that are never far, in how you go forward with renewed perspective, empathy, understanding and appreciation for everything and everyone around you.  He will forever be a cherished inspiration by your side and in your heart. - Nancy DiSpirito and family"

This tribute was added by Karen Brown on 16th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family, our son Jordan only just met your Ryan this semester and yet he is as devastated as one who lost a lifelong friend. We too are deeply saddened by your family's loss and know that the world has lost an amazing young man. May his memory be a blessing to all who were lucky enough to have known him. With heartfelt and most sincere condolences, Karen and Kevin Brown (Tarrytown, NY)"

This tribute was added by Peggy DaCosta on 16th May 2016

"There are no words to convey the despair of losing your beloved child.  It is very clear that Ryan was loved and cherished by all whose lives he touched.  "What we have once enjoyed we can never lose, all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."  Please accept our deepest sympathy for your heartbreaking loss.
Todd & Peggy"

This tribute was added by nancy glover on 16th May 2016

"So sorry for your loss,May God Bless you and your Family."

This tribute was added by susan odonnell on 15th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,

I am so sorry about the loss of Ryan. There are no words to heal your pain. I had the opportunity to meet Ryan on the Cape and always came away thinking “what a nice kid”.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and all of those who loved Ryan.  

Susan O'Donnell"

This tribute was added by Leona Vocino on 15th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,

My heart stopped the night I got a private message from Jake about Ryan.  The irony was he asked if I remembered him.  I remember each & everyone of those amazing young ladies & gentleman that I was fortunate to have cross the threshold into room 6 at St Joe's.  Ryan is an amazing young man I say is because through your selflessness he will live on in each of the people who's life continues because of the donation you made.  I always knew Ryan would be one to go on & do great things with his life never did I imagine it to be in that way.  My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this very difficult time.  And in closing my favorite memory of Ryan was the day Dave & I got married and his handsome face was part of the friends & loved ones who joined us on such a special day.

With all my love

Ms. Vocino""

This tribute was added by Cathy H on 14th May 2016

"My son Jay went to St Johns with Ryan. I met Ryan at the Pellitier’s home for Jr. Prom pictures. I think back to that night and can’t believe what we all did not image would happen to such a healthy handsome young man. This loss brings me to tears. My heart goes out to you.
During a baptismal  class I was told that our children are on loan from our heavenly Father and it is His wish they they be returned with “interest”. I know you have done just that.  God has a special bond with parents who lose a child as He also suffered the loss of His child. I hope you feel that bond and that your faith grows stronger. I will pray that your faith, family, friends will help you to carry on.

God Bless the Shaw Family."

This tribute was added by Stephen Pearson on 14th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne,
We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Know that we are thinking of you.
The Pearsons"

This tribute was added by Lloyd Wirshba on 14th May 2016

"Scott and family - no words can express the grief felt for all of you on such a sudden and painful loss. My heartfelt sympathies are with you and may Ryan be surrounded by angels forever."

This tribute was added by Marie Macrorie on 14th May 2016

"To Shaw Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.  We were part of the MPS family and felt like we knew Ryan thru Maddy and Scott.  Ryan will be remembered forever by the families he helped thru the gift of life.  Deepest sympathy,   Marie, Mike and Deirdre Macrorie"

This tribute was added by Ann Annetta on 13th May 2016

"To The Shaw Family...
Words cannot express how truly shocked and saddened we are by this sudden loss of your son, Ryan.  We hold you all close to our hearts and continue to pray for all of you.  God Bless.  -  Ann Annetta & Family"

This tribute was added by Karl Dowling on 13th May 2016

"To the Shaw family,
On behalf of the team here in Dublin at the FIE@DBS program, we wish to send our sincerest condolences to you all in this sad time. We were all deeply saddened to hear about Ryan’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.  
The FIE and DBS team, Dublin"

This tribute was added by Peter Veilleux on 13th May 2016

"Shaw Family,

We don't really know you, but we live in the house behind you, your old house.  Seeing and hearing all the friends and family visiting you over the last few days is a tribute to what a great young man he was.  We're so sorry to hear about Ryan's passing.  Keep his spirit alive and remember all the good times and joy he brought all of you.

Deepest sympathies,

The Veilleux Family
Pete, Suzy, Trevor and Sophie"

This tribute was added by Devon Erickson on 13th May 2016

"I had the privilege of teaching Ryan this past semester, and I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of his passing. He was a bright and motivated young man who was full of potential. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they mourn his passing."

This tribute was added by Gail Trulli on 13th May 2016

"Dear Joanne, Scott, Connor and Maddy,
Words cannot even begin to describe how saddened we are on the passing of Ryan.  He was a fine young man; kind, gentle, artistic and so much fun to be around.  We enjoyed spending time with him and he and Dan were the best of buddies.  He will be sorely missed and will stay in our hearts and souls forever and always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Love, Gail, Steve, Matt and Dan"

This tribute was added by John Stadtler on 13th May 2016

"Suzanne and I are so sorry for your loss. No single wish can soften the blow of loss of a family member but hopefully this one of many can add to the wishes shared by the many in this site and these many offerings can remind you of the support we all offer in your dealing with the loss. Heart felt condolences from the Stadtler Family."

This tribute was added by Carly Duffy on 12th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,
While I only knew Ryan for 9 months, I can truly say that he was one of the most charismatic, funny, talented, smart and genuine guys I have ever met. I was with Ryan in Dublin, and I will never forget shooting our media film every Thursday morning, where Ryan was always the camera man and always had a creative eye. I was devastated to hear of his passing, but I will never forget him and the memories we share. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers, and just know he will never be forgotten.

- Carly Duffy"

This tribute was added by Ace Chon on 12th May 2016

"To the Shaw Family

All of us here at Ozumo Oakland share your sorrow. The loss of a loved one, particularly ones child, is a difficult prospect to even imagine. All of our eyes are a little misty over here. Our condolences to all of you. Deepest regards and condolences to the Shaw Family.

Ace Chon and the Family of Ozumo Oakland"

This tribute was added by Anthony Marrato on 12th May 2016

"My wife and I would like to send our sincerest condolences to the Shaw family.  I've unfortunately never met Ryan, but am overwhelmed by the response and positive impact he had on those lucky enough to know him.  Our thoughts are with you all.

Anthony & Lalli Marrato"

This tribute was added by Jeanne Braun on 12th May 2016

"We are praying that love and faith surround you as you cope with the loss of your precious son.  We met Ryan in Ireland and liked his warm smile, easy spirit, and sense of humor immediately and were happy that he and our son Jack became friends.  All of these tributes shine a beautiful light on the incredible young man he must have been. Please know that, while we don't know you, our hearts are with yours at this time. - Jeanne and Don Braun"

This tribute was added by Marjorie Doto on 12th May 2016

"Joanne, Scott, Connor and Maddy:  I am heart broken to hear this. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Marjorie Doto and family"

This tribute was added by Tricia McCannon on 12th May 2016

"Shaw Family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss - our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.
With deepest sympathies,
Tricia McCannon and Family"

This tribute was added by Andrea Liberis on 12th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,

We are so deeply sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what you are going through. As part of the Kessler Group family, please know that we are thinking of you all, praying for healing and may the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days. Our most heartfelt condolences.  Brian and Andrea Liberis"

This tribute was added by Joel Turner on 12th May 2016

"To the Shaw family, I am so sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.  Every time I talk to Scott, he always talks about his children and what they are doing with their lives.  Recently, he told me about how Ryan’s path in life brought him to Northeastern.  As he was talking, it was obvious how proud he was of Ryan and of the man Ryan was turning into.  I cannot imagine your loss.  Just know that you have many caring supporters here for you.
My condolences,
Joel Turner and family"

This tribute was added by Danielle Bovill (Letendre) on 12th May 2016

"Scott & Family,
I am so incredibly sorry for this unimaginable loss you have suffered. I know there are no words that can ever be said for something like this... Please just know my heart, my thoughts and all of my prayers are with you and all of your family that you will some how find the strength you need to right now. Knowing the kind of man you are Scott, I can imagine your son was nothing short of amazing and his legacy will always live on as such. My continued thoughts and prayers....Danielle"

This tribute was added by Meeghan Abramo on 12th May 2016

"To the Shaw family,

There are no words to express the sorrow that we feel for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Meeghan (Killilea) and Joe Abramo"

This tribute was added by Mary Ellen Kaczynski on 12th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne, Connor and Maddy,  We were devastated to hear this news. You are all so special and you gave Ryan such a wonderful, loving family and home. You filled his short life with so many special times and he knew how much you all loved him. Please take care of yourselves during this painful time. We are here for you. Love,  Michael, Mary Ellen, Christie and Rachel"

This tribute was added by Leslie Stuart on 12th May 2016

"Joanne and Scott, you and your family are in our thoughts  and prayers during this heartbreaking time. We are so very sorry for your loss. Leslie (Pearson) and Marc Stuart"

This tribute was added by E. Miles Kilburn on 11th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne - Kathy and I cannot express how very sorry we are for the loss of your beloved son, Ryan.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  Miles and Kathy Kilburn"

This tribute was added by Ryan Flanagan on 11th May 2016

"Dear Shaw Family,
I am so sorry for your sudden loss of Ryan. I had the privilege of getting to know Ryan very well over the last 5 years, through the Pelletiers (my neighbors). Ryan was one of the kindest, funniest, and most genuine kids I've ever met. Every time Marcus texted me "Come over, Shaw is here" I would immediately get excited, as I knew I was guaranteed a good time, with many laughs along the way, as long as Ryan was around. I am heart broken over the loss of such a great person. It is obvious to me that he made a mark on this world in the short time he was with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this time of loss. Ryan was an amazing human being and I feel blessed to have known him. -Ryan Flanagan"

This tribute was added by Marie Correa on 11th May 2016

"Joanne,  I am so sorry for the loss of your son.  I cannot imagine the pain you must feel, for I would be heartbroken to lose one of my sons.
Love, Marie Loughlin"

This tribute was added by Lori Gardner Wyman on 11th May 2016

"Dear Joanne, Scott and family, my heart is so heavy to learn of your beloved son Ryan's passing.  Praying for all of you.  Hold tight to God's unchanging hand.  With deepest sympathy - Lori Gardner Wyman"

This tribute was added by Jodi Fox on 11th May 2016

"I lost my son to this horrific diseases 4 yrs ago. My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time. The ripple of his tide will forever flow."

This tribute was added by Jean Hamilton on 11th May 2016

"Dear Joanne, Scott, Conner & Maddy,

We are so saddened by the loss of your beloved son & brother, Ryan.  Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to you and all your family members.  May fond memories, tributes and knowledge of all the lives he touched bring you peace & comfort.  We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.
~ Jean, Keith & Rachel Hamilton
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
           - Matthew 5:4"

This tribute was added by Peggy Garlnad on 11th May 2016

"It's been hard to think of anything else since hearing of Ryan's illness and passing. I was happily anticipating playing tennis with you, Joanne, until the horrible news. I almost lost a 29 year old daughter to cancer and I lived in fear of what you have now experienced for over a year. I can't imagine surviving such a loss. I sense you will survive but I so earnestly wish you did not have to know this pain. You are in my thoughts in the most profound way."

This tribute was added by Adam Bershad on 11th May 2016

"Joanne and Scott,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May Ryan's memory be for a blessing.

Jill and Adam Bershad"

This tribute was added by Deb Binnig on 11th May 2016

"I will always remember the beautiful and talented boy who came to do art after school, he had the true heart of an artist. And so I'll pass this on from an anonymous author.

The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains……
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains.  
                                            
Our hearts are with all of you
The Binnig family"

This tribute was added by Janet Meuse-Bloom on 11th May 2016

"Dear Warchol & Shaw Families:
I want to send my sincerest condolences to you all for the loss of your beloved Ryan. There are absolutely no words to say to you during such a difficult time.
Cherish your many memories always in your heart & know you have a guardian angel watching over you all forever.
You must take comfort knowing how many people Ryan has helped thru this awful tragedy.
God bless you all & may Ryan RIP!

With sympathy & friendship,
Janet & family"

This tribute was added by mary butler on 11th May 2016

"Dear Joanne, Scott, Connor and Maddy,
Our hearts broke when we heard the news of Ryan's passing. Our children's ages mirror yours and I cannot imagine the heartbreak you are enduring. We wish you strength, hold you all in our prayers and hope you find peace over time.
Mary & Paul Butler and family"

This tribute was added by Heather Arsenault on 11th May 2016

"To Scott and family, I am sorry for your loss. The loss of your son is so sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I am at a loss for words as there are no words to describe what you and your family must be feeling. From my heart to yours Heather TuckermanArsenault."

This tribute was added by Sarah Ackley on 11th May 2016

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to the Shaw family. I had the pleasure of working with Ryan during his first semester at Northeastern in Dublin. Ryan was an integral part of my Global Experience course, my "family" group, and the N.U.in Program as a whole. He brought a smile to the entire student body, whether it was playing Twister in the apartment courtyard, wearing a Burger King crown in the Student Center, or getting absolutely drenched by a wave at Giant's Causeway. He was full of optimism, ambition, and just an overall great kid. In particular I loved connecting with Ryan over his passions for entrepreneurship. My thoughts and prayers are with you as we mourn his passing but remember the beauty he left behind on the world.

-Sarah Ackley"

This tribute was added by Warren Wilcox on 11th May 2016

"Scott -
Pam and I are thinking about you, and your family.  Ryan is even better looking than you are!  Please know that you are in our prayers.
Warren and Pamela Wilcox"

This tribute was added by Sue Pulaski on 11th May 2016

"Dear Joanne and Scott,

"The only people who think there's a time limit for grief have never lost a piece of their heart. Take all the time you need." I shared a quote because my own words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear of the passing of your talented son Ryan. I am holding your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

Love,
Sue Slater Pulaski"

This tribute was added by brigid hurley on 11th May 2016

"Dear Shaw family,
I never had the pleasure of meeting your son, Ryan. I learned of his passing through St. John's  prep where our sons currently attend school. My heart is broken over the loss of your beautiful young son. If I could offer words to ease your unimaginable loss it would be this, thank you. Thank you for giving the gift of life to others who needed your help. We lost my sister while waiting for lungs that , sadly, never came. Though all your grief and sorrow you still found the strength to give the the greatest gift of all . Sending all of my prayers to your family now and always"

This tribute was added by John Cochran on 11th May 2016

"Scott, I am so sorry to hear of your son, Ryan's, passing.  I can only imagine the heartbreak that you, Joanne and your family are going through this day.  Please know that Pat and I will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.  Ryan is in the hands of the good Lord, and I know he will always be part of your hearts forever.  My deepest sympathy.  John Cochran"

This tribute was added by Denice Nitzsche on 11th May 2016

"To the Shaw Family,

The sorrow you feel  is unimaginable to me, and my heart goes out to you all at this painful time. Your loss is sincerely felt by so many with love and compassion for your family. My daughter Annie is Sam's friend and she remembers Ryan fondly on the Cape enjoying life and family. My prayers for you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless."

This tribute was added by Kelly O'Foran on 11th May 2016

"Hello,

I was an International Student Advisor in Ireland for Ryan. I was heartbroken to hear about his passing and I hope that your family is finding some peace in a truly difficult time.

Ryan was a constant source of strength in Ireland to his fellow classmates and friends. He was always laid back and willing to try new things, even in a foreign country among strangers.

Ryan, you will be missed. To Ryan's family, I send my best wishes and hopes for strength.

Kelly O'Foran"

This tribute was added by Christina Corbett on 11th May 2016

"Dear Scott and Joanne, words truly fail at this very sad moment in time.  Please accept my deepest sympathy and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.  May Ryan's everlasting memory bring you peace and love. - Christina Corbett"

This tribute was added by Karen MacDowell on 11th May 2016

"Joanne and Scott,  I was devastated to hear the news about Ryan.  Unfortunately I know that there is nothing that I can say or do that will lessen the heartbreak and sorrow.  Please know that you, Connor, Maddy and the entire Warchol/Shaw family are in my thoughts and prayers.  Love, Karen (Flaherty) MacDowell"

This tribute was added by Lucas Walsh on 11th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne, Maddy, and Connor,

I have never met a more fun, kind hearted, friendly, and talented individual than Ryan. From rooming with him in Ireland to making memories at Northeastern, Ryan showed unending love and kindness to all that he encountered and I am honored to have had the chance to know and travel the world with him. For as young as he was, Ryan did more living in 18 years than most people would in a lifetime and I have always admired his open mindedness and thirst for adventure. Fun followed him everywhere he went and I will never forget our spontaneous trips in Ireland to places like Wicklow where we played soccer, swam in the ocean, and hiked to the top of the small town to hangout and enjoy the view. I will never forget Ryan and all the memories we made together and want you to know that my prayers are with all of you in this difficult time. Stay strong and know that our love for Ryan and your family will never die. - Lucas Walsh"

This tribute was added by Alex Zakrzeski on 11th May 2016

"When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. We extend our most sincere condolences to you. - The Zakrzeski Family"

This tribute was added by NIck Marino on 11th May 2016

"Shaw Family,

We wanted to express our sorrow for your loss. We never had the pleasure of meeting Ryan, but knowing Scott as one of the most genuine and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, I know that the world lost a very special young man in Ryan. We will be saying a prayer for Ryan and the rest of the family to get through this difficult time.
-Andrew and NIck"

This tribute was added by Adam Bashe on 11th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne and family, We are so saddened by the sudden loss of your son Ryan. We extend our deepest sympathies to you. Please know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts.
Adam & Barbara Bashe"

This tribute was added by Steve Walczak on 11th May 2016

"Scott,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. It was shocking news to hear of the passing of Ryan. This is not the way the circle of life is supposed to work.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. - Steve Walczak"

This tribute was added by sandra denovellis on 11th May 2016

"Joanne,  Scott, Connor and Maddy,  I am so sorry to hear this devastating news. My heart goes out to all of you with this tragic loss.
I am deeply saddened - my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.   Love, the de Novellis family"

This tribute was added by Linda Calnan on 11th May 2016

"We are devastated.  Saddened beyond words. Our deepest sorrows go out to Scott, Joanne, Conner and Maddy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Frank, Linda and Chris Calnan"

This tribute was added by Chris Masko on 10th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne, Maddy, and Conner,

Ryan was truly one of the most incredible people I had ever met. I know I am a better person from my time spent with him, and I cherish the memories we shared. While hundreds of moments come to me, I will remember most a breakfast we had together soon before leaving Dublin where we sat for two hours and talked about our lives. He had a wise way about him, that between our jokes, laughing moments, and his infectious grins, it seemed as if he had an understanding of life that was far greater than mine. You all will be constantly in my prayers. I will be sure to tip my hat in the direction of Ryan's memorial on campus when I pass, and send my thoughts to him when I can.

Stay strong and know love for your family and Ryan will never run dry.
You are all in my thoughts and Ryan in my mind.
-Chris"

This tribute was added by Peter Pettas on 10th May 2016

"I did not have the pleasure of knowing Ryan but having known Scott I am 100% certain the world just suffered a tragic loss. Perspectives are forever changed and to the Shaw family all of your friend, family and co workers will support you in prayer. Many condolences and greatest sympathies to The Shaw Family"

This tribute was added by Andrea Surabian on 10th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne, Connor, and Maddy,
My complete heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you all.  My words will just fall short so I wanted to leave a quote, author unknown...
"One day, a son asked his father, 'Why is it always the best people who die?'  The father answered, 'Son, if you are in a meadow, which flowers do you pick?  The worst ones or the best?' "
And Ryan was undoubtedly the best...
May you each find peace and strength from all your memories together and comfort in the legacy he has left behind."

This tribute was added by Sara White on 10th May 2016

"We are so sad to hear about Ryan's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Kate Schwartz on 10th May 2016

"All our thoughts are with your family. While we did not have a chance to get to know you all our son Cael is and always will be a good friend of Ryan's. There are no words we can give you to convey our deep sadness for you all.  
Please know you are not alone in this horrendous incomprehensible time but surrounded by those who care. Kate"

This tribute was added by Tracy Coyne on 10th May 2016

"Sending love and prayers to your family. So very sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Joe Casper on 10th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne - We are so sorry for your loss. Ryan's intelligence, energy and enthusiasm was magnetic. It made you want to help him and track his success. What a great young man!  Our sincere condolences. - Joe and Joan Casper"

This tribute was added by Jessica Caley Rice on 10th May 2016

"Shaw family, I am so deeply sorry for your loss - my thoughts are with you and your family.
Jess Caley Rice"

This tribute was added by Liz Bracchitta on 10th May 2016

"Dear Shaw family,  My son shared this sorrowful news.  Sending you Prayerful healing at this tremendously difficult time. (Vermont parent of Northeastern student)"

This tribute was added by Max Gabriello on 10th May 2016

"Dear Shaw family, I never had the good fortune of meeting your beautiful son Ryan . But I have heard such wonderful things about him and your beautiful family . My thoughts and prayers have been with your family since I've heard the news and I will continue praying for your family .May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
Peace, Prayers and Blessings."

This tribute was added by Jon Sandler on 10th May 2016

"Dear Scott and Joanne

Our most heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss. We know that Ryan's memory will be a blessing to you, Maddy and Connor.

Sincerely

Jon and Faryl Sandler"

This tribute was added by Matt Maher on 10th May 2016

"Ryan was an exceptional person and I am honored to have known him. To his family I offer my deepest heartfelt condolences, just know he will always be beside you in the best and worst of times. He lives on through you all now"

This tribute was added by Al Tringali on 10th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne and family, We are so saddened by the sudden loss of your son Ryan. We extend our deepest sympathies to you. Please know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts.
- Al & Stacy Tringali"

This tribute was added by E Knott on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor, and Maddy,
My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you and Ryan. I could only imagine what you may be feeling.

I love you all,
Erin Bradley"

This tribute was added by Theresa McLennan on 10th May 2016

"Our family will pray for all of you. We are so very sorry. God Bless xo"

This tribute was added by Kathy Palumbo on 10th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne, Maria and I both send our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Maria and Kathy Palumbo"

This tribute was added by Suzanne Melanson on 10th May 2016

"May God bless you all with strength to see through this tragedy. Words simply can not express the heartfelt sorrow that the boys and I feel right now.  So many are effected by your loss, so many prayers, and many more forthcoming...God bless"

This tribute was added by Luke Mistretta on 10th May 2016

"To the Shaw family,
I wanted to offer my condolences after hearing about Ryan's passing. Ryan was one of the nicest kids I knew both at St. John's and Northeastern. It was always a great pleasure whenever I would cross his path and talk to him. He was always so outgoing, friendly, and funny. Everyone always enjoyed his company and he will be missed dearly. I am so sorry for your loss, I will keep you all in my prayers.
-Luke Mistretta"

This tribute was added by Jayne Rudberg on 10th May 2016

"Dear Joanne and Family,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.  Jayne (Sorrell) Rudberg and Family"

This tribute was added by Richie Elkhaouli on 10th May 2016

"My prayers go out to the Shaw family! Ryan was one of my closest friends at St. Joes and continued to keep in touch throughout high school... I am still in utter shock that this happened. Ryan you will be missed my good friend. Rest easy and watch over us all! Love you buddy!"

This tribute was added by Debbie Harris on 10th May 2016

"Scott,Joanne Connor & Maddy. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with each of you. Debbie & john harris"

This tribute was added by Ellen Hartrey on 10th May 2016

"Joanne, Maddy and family I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Saunders on 10th May 2016

"Scott,Joanne, Maddy and Connor. I am so very sorry for your loss. I worked with Scott at KFS for a few years and met all of the kids at Christmas events at the KFS offices. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Anna Levitan on 10th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne, words fail. Please know we are fellow travelers and warriors with you on this very, very difficult path. Please know we share intimately and deeply your pain - every minute. Please know we are HOLDING you up right now in our thoughts, prayers and profound belief. Please know we are available any hour, any day, anytime, to hold your hands as fellow travelers. Please know Hunter and Joe are mighty in their support for Connor and Maddy as fellow travelers. May the warrior angels come to your side and carry you all now to strength. We are calling them to you, Scott and Joanne, we are calling them to you. Love, Anna, Rich, Hunter and Joe"

This tribute was added by Jackie Eames on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor and Maddy,
No words can appropriately express my sorrow for your loss.
Please accept my condolences, thoughts and prayers ...
You're in my heart..."

This tribute was added by JEANMARIE FINOCCCHIO on 10th May 2016

"To the Shaw Family,
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you and your family. Please accept my deepest condolences. Please know Ryan will never be forgotten and the Wakefield community will be here to support you."

This tribute was added by Mitch Stevens on 10th May 2016

"We are so very sorry to hear the news about Ryan's passing. Scott and Joanne and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathies and condolences,
Mitch and Elizabeth Stevens"

This tribute was added by Kelly Seibel on 10th May 2016

"To The Shaw Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.  I knew Ryan while I was teaching at St Joseph School.  He was such a sweet, smart and hardworking boy.  The loss is truly heartbreaking. Our deepest sympathy.  The Seibel Family."

This tribute was added by Martha Carroll on 10th May 2016

"Scott and Joanne
I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of Ryan, a young man with so much promise

My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers ..."

This tribute was added by Greg French on 10th May 2016

"My sincerest condolences to the Shaw Family and Ryan's closest friends. I had the pleasure of traveling to Jamaica with Ryan for a service trip where I learned about what made Ryan who he was. He was someone who was extremely funny, always smiling and never let the world pass him by. He made the kids smile, he made our teachers smile, and he made me smile. For the little time I knew Ryan I was envious and took note as to how he could light up a room and how well liked he was by everybody. Although he was stripped of his life far too early, he left a lasting memory that can be felt through the thousands of stories people tell, the memories we all shared with him, and finally, through his smile. A smile which was ever-present and was a representation of the joy that Ryan felt for the world, but also the joy the world felt for Ryan. Rest in peace buddy."

This tribute was added by Greg Fisher on 10th May 2016

"To the entire Shaw family, you’ve been in our constant thoughts and prayers since hearing about Ryan.  We’re so sorry for your loss.  We can’t even begin to feel your sorrow during this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathies,

Greg and Jessica Fisher"

This tribute was added by Eileen Tuohy on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor and  Maddie - you are all in my thoughts and prayers.  I am so heartbroken over the loss of Ryan.  In this impossible time take comfort that he will be with each of you forever in your hearts. -Eileen Tuohy"

This tribute was added by Sofia Martinez on 10th May 2016

"To the Shaw family,

My deepest and most sincere condolences are all with you. As a student and member of the Northeastern community I can genuinely say the heart breaking passing of Ryan has been noticeable. From the one semester I met Ryan, I only knew him briefly but he immediately amazed me and our friends with his selflessness, charisma, intelligent and constant radiance of positivity. His name is painted in gold on a grand rock in the Northeastern Quad thanks to the brothers of Pi Kappa Alpha and when I walked out from my residence building this morning, seeing his name painted so proudly, gave the Northeastern community and campus some light again. We know he is with us, as he is with you. Northeastern's thoughts and prayers are all with his family and friends. His memory is forever in our hearts and with every Northeastern Husky. We miss you Ryan and we love you forever.

- Sofia Martinez"

This tribute was added by Erin Collins on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor, and Maddy - there are no words we can add to those which have already been so beautifully shared here, which can help make this time less difficult as you honor your beloved Ryan. While we only knew Ryan through Scott's proud and joyful stories about your family, we know he was a funny and charismatic young man with a bright future, and Ryan's ambition and spirit will live on through each of you. May you find peace and solace in these days to come, and you are all in our continued thoughts and prayers. -Erin and Dave Collins"

This tribute was added by Arnon Vered on 10th May 2016

"To Scott and family.

I so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Ryan but in the time we worked together I knew from your stories how proud you were of him. It is just hard to believe. I hope and pray for peace to you and your family.

Arnon"

This tribute was added by Jennifer Kessler on 10th May 2016

"Dear Scott, Joanne, Connor and Maddy, our most sincere condolences on the loss of Ryan. There are no words to adequately express how sad we feel for your entire family.  As parents we can't even imagine what you are going through but what we do know is how loved Ryan was by his family and everyone who was fortunate enough to know him. In his way to brief time here he forever left a mark on the world and those who loved him. We are all here for you and share your grief. You are a beautiful and wonderful family and we are honored to have known you for so long and know that your love and strength for each other will be a source of comfort as you go through this unimaginable time. With love.  Jennifer, Brian, Cole & Emma Kessler"

This tribute was added by Jeff Given on 10th May 2016

"My very deepest condolences to Scott, to Joanne, to Connor, and to Maddy. Everyone's hearts are going out to you. No words I could say would appropriately express my sorrow for your loss. My sympathies and my thoughts will be with you."

This tribute was added by Jeff Bullian on 10th May 2016

"Scott and family,

Deepest condolences.  My memories of Ryan are limited to pictures in Scott's office and stories of trips to visit colleges, but even through them it was apparent how special he is to you and vice versa.  Wishing you strength, peace, and good memories as you and all who love him celebrate his life.

Warmly,
Lauren and Jeff Bullian"

This tribute was added by Shikhar Ghosh on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor and Maddy. I cannot find the word to express the sadness I feel at your loss. Please reach out if there is any way in which any of us can support you in this period of unimaginable loss and sorrow. - Shikhar Ghosh and Julie Engel"

This tribute was added by Rick Alessandri on 10th May 2016

"My family and I are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of Ryan's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Joanne, Scott, Connor and Maddy and their entire family.  I always loved hearing about Scott's kids' successes both on the field and off.  I know Ryan was so deeply loved by his family."

This tribute was added by Kevin Mulligan on 10th May 2016

"Joanne and Scott,

Sue and I are learning about Ryan's extraordinary life and talent and it is awe inspring. His ability to communicate through art is a transcendent gift possessed by few. We are taking comfort in the masterful gifts he shared.

Please accept our deepest condolences and may your family find peace and strength.

With Prayers,
Kevin and Sue Mulligan"

This tribute was added by Lou Ziccarelli on 10th May 2016

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ryan, Cathy and I send our condolences and prayers to the entire Shaw family and may God bless you during this very difficult time.   Lou and Cathy Ziccarelli"

This tribute was added by Lena McCauley on 10th May 2016

"I have had the privilege of knowing the Shaw family for 25 years.  Our lives intertwined in the births of each of our children.  Ryan is clearly the result of their loving and unconditional parenting.  My fondest moments are listening to Scott's loving stories of each of his children. He would share these beautiful paintings by Ryan painted at a VERY young age - Ryan paints with peace and serenity.  Scott's shining smile as he shares Ryan's beautiful work and all of his milestones through the years is something I will treasure forever.  Your smile speaks volumes when you share Ryan's stories.  I pray for peace and love to the beautiful Shaw family and deeply sorry for you to mourn such a young and sudden passing of your beloved son Ryan.  My love and heartfelt thoughts are with you always.  Lena, Michael, Alicia and Mike McCauley"

This tribute was added by christie Hannula on 10th May 2016

"I worked on Scott's team for several years and his desk was covered with photos of his beloved family. I'm so sorry to hear of Ryan's passing. Praying for the entire Shaw family and offering my greatest condolences. Christie Hannula"

This tribute was added by David Kessler on 10th May 2016

"While my wife and I have never had the honor of meeting Ryan, I've known Scott since I was a baby as my father has known Ryan since he also was a baby. Over the years I've heard from my parents what an amazing young man Ryan was.  Our hearts are aching for Scott and the Shaw family right now. As new parents ourselves we cannot imagine the sadness and pain they are feeling right now.  We send all our love and prayers to them.

-David & Stephanie Kessler"

This tribute was added by Larry Wieseneck on 10th May 2016

"It is with a heavy heart that we wish Scott, Joanne, Connor and Maddy our deepest condolences.  May Ryan's memory be a blessing to you and all his family and friends.

Larry and Gayle Wieseneck"

This tribute was added by Stephen Eulie on 10th May 2016

"The world loses a fine young man in Ryan.  We never had the pleasure of meeting him although we feel we know him through his dad's stories and obvious pride in his son.  May God Bless him and be with him now and be with his family during this difficult time. - Steve & Darlene Eulie"

This tribute was added by Beth Corr on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor & Maddy-
An unimaginable loss for all of you in Ryan's passing. I am thinking of you all and send healing thoughts your way.
Beth Corr"

This tribute was added by guli arshad on 10th May 2016

"The loss of a son, a brother, or a grandson is hard to understand. No amount of words can describe this unbelievable and tragic end to Ryan's beautiful life. Sara and I have all of you in our thoughts. -Guli and Sara Arshad"

This tribute was added by Michelle Medeiros on 10th May 2016

"Scott, Joanne, Connor & Maddy - I cannot find words to console you or express the profound sadness I feel for your loss.  Losing a child is something that no parent should have to endure.  I will keep Ryan and all of you in my prayers.  With deepest sympathies, Michelle Medeiros"

This tribute was added by Khristian Hawver-Scott on 10th May 2016

"My heart is saddened to hear such a loss of someone so close. I could barely imagine how difficult it is for you to carry such burden. My deepest condolences.

Khristian & Timothy Hawver-Scott"

This tribute was added by Hoss Mohsenzadeh on 10th May 2016

"Our sincere condolences to Scott, Joanne, Conner, Maddy, the Shaw family and all of Ryan's friends for the passing of such a bright young man.  We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with the Shaw family in this very difficult time.  - Hoss and Laleh Mohsenzadeh"

This tribute was added by Howard Kessler on 10th May 2016

"It is with deepest sorrow that we mourn the passing of Ryan, who we saw grow up from a child to a young man. Losing a child is like nothing else one goes through, and our hearts grieve for Scott, Joanne, Connor, Maddy, and all of Ryan’s family during this difficult time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who had the honor of knowing Ryan and may his  memory, and what he brought to all who knew him, prevail and alleviate the pain of his passing. – Howard and Michele Kessler"


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