Taking the title from one of Elton John’s songs -“Funeral for a friend,” on September 21, 2017, we bade farewell to long-time hot rodder and kustom aficionado Pat Shaw of Longmont, Colorado. Pat’s life spanned 72 years and for 47 of those years Pat built hot rods & kustoms, and attended countless rod runs and shows all over this country showing off his builds.
The rodding world has lost yet another good one. – Jerry Kennedy
Patrick George Shaw was a great friend and of course, a friend to many in the street rod world because of his work ethic with the NSRA. One of his close acquaintances said during Pat’s last days that Pat had mentioned he had “great friends” for standing by him while he fought cancer.
Thom Putney reminded Pat that to have great friends means to be a great friend to everyone and Pat certainly was. He helped people when he didn’t have to and worked tirelessly as an inspector for the NSRA seeking to improve the safety of street rods nationwide and was always active in the Longmont community.
Pat joined the ColoRODans car club of Longmont in 1971 just after it was founded and was an active member for over 15 years. Pat helped put on the ColoRODans rod run in Estes Park for many years. He and most of the ColoRODans joined NSRA in 1974 by signing up for the Car Club Program and eventually expanded his membership to ‘Lifetime’ in 1988. He became interested in the safety program and what it could accomplish for the hobby and sport and joined the Colorado Safety Team in 1995.
Five years later, in 2000, Pat assumed the position of Colorado State Safety Inspector leading the Colorado team into the Top Ten safety teams across the U.S. In 2007 Pat accepted the position of Northwest Division Safety Chief over the 7 state Northwest Division.
Since that first year and with Pat’s continued support and dedication, the Colorado Safety Team has remained in the Top Ten safety teams across the country, earning the #1 Safety Team in the country several times. Through his efforts and his team’s dedication for safety, the Northwest Division continues to be recognized today. Our hobby and sport, together with rodding families that drive their cars are much safer due to Pat’s involvement.
Pat’s Memorial was attended by his closest friends, more than 500 of them. A nearly two- mile long procession of street rods, kustoms, classics and trucks followed his 1948 Pontiac convertible and his 1934 Chevy sedan to the celebration. Pat’s Celebration of Life service was filled with stories of his life by his many friends and a slide show.
At the end of the celebration, the Navy Honor Squad sent Pat off with a 21 gun salute for his years in the Navy. Pat leaves behind his wife, Donna, daughter Kerri, stepdaughter Carrie Dianne Parker and stepson Trenton Reiner, as well as brother Mike Shaw and sister Cindy Wagner.
Rest In Peace, Pat Shaw, you will be missed.