Master plumber known for bow-hunting prowess

Brian Bowling
| Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Jere Adrian Shaw worked hard his entire life, and although a stroke in 2006 slowed the master plumber, it didn't stop him, his son said.

“He had two jobs a week up until the day” of his stroke on Nov. 15, said Kurt Shaw, art critic for Trib Total Media.

Jere Adrian Shaw of Robinson died on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. He was 70.

The founding owner in 1978 of Adrian Plumbing Inc. in Robinson, Mr. Shaw developed a devoted client base throughout the western end of Allegheny County.

“He was one of the hardest-working people I knew, and he was a self-made man that loved his family and friends,” said Janet Flood Kourie of Amelia Island, Fla., a former resident of Robinson.

Kurt Shaw said his father was passionate about his work, putting in at least 10 hours a day for most of his life.

Mr. Shaw's main interest other than family and work was hunting. His wife and her father were archers, and he adopted the sport enthusiastically.

“He had an amazing record of getting a buck on the first day of deer (bow) season for 14 years in a row,” Kurt Shaw said.

The Crafton native was one of four children of the late James L. Shaw and Louise M. Forkey Bakey. Mr. Shaw was 6 when his father died of a heart attack, and the family supported itself by delivering newspapers, Kurt Shaw said.

After graduating in 1960 from St. Luke's High School in Carnegie, Mr. Shaw went into the Air Force and spent four years as a projectionist at Otis Air Force Base movie theater in Connecticut. He then took an office job with steelmaker Cyclops Industries and became a union plumber with Pittsburgh Mechanical Systems until he left to start his own business.

Mr. Shaw was an organ donor, including his liver and kidneys, and some of his skin will be used for burn grafts, two veins in his legs will be used for open heart surgery, and his corneas will be used to restore someone's sight, Kurt Shaw said.

“This has helped my mother heal,” he said.

Mr. Shaw is survived by his wife of more than 46 years, Lois Schlieper Shaw of Robinson; two children, Kurt Shaw of Mt. Washington and Traci Shaw Bartos of Marshall; two brothers, Jay Shaw of Manhattan, Kan., and James Shaw of Fredericksburg, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Janice “Toots” Jones.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in McDermott Funeral Home Inc. in Kennedy.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Malachy Catholic Church in Kennedy. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Moon.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or

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