• 18 years old
  • Born on May 29, 1997 .
  • Passed away on 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.

Posted by Marjorie Doto on 9th May 2018
Thinking of you and I pray for you and your family daily. Can't believe it's been 2 years.
Posted by Leona Vocino on 29th May 2017
I missed leaving you birthday wishes, I'm sorry about that. I got the reminder of today though. I can't imagine a year already, though I'm sure you have been working your magic in heaven just as you did here on earth. If you get a chance please keep an eye on a couple of my kids here they really need the help. Also a dear friend isn't doing to well can you check on her too? Watching the pictures I shared reminds me just how much all of you meant to me back then my first year & no one will ever take the place you all have in my heart & memories.
Posted by Jess Dyrdahl on 15th December 2016
Hello Shaw Family, I was the Site Director at DBS last fall and was honored to have Ryan not only in the program but in my Global Experience class. He was a very bright student who had a heart of gold. We were all very impressed with Ryan during our time with him and enjoy watching this video to remember what an amazing person he was: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPGxN5WeF7M. Thinking of you all during this holiday season. Jess
Posted 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...
Posted by Marjorie Doto on 29th May 2016
Thinking all of Ryan's family and friends today on his birthday. Love and prayers
Posted by Jackie Eames on 29th May 2016
Lighting a candle today...in Ryans memory.
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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)
Posted 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
Posted by Nancy Glover on 16th May 2016
So sorry for your loss,May God Bless you and your Family.
Posted 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
Posted 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"
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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.
Posted 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
Posted 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

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