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Wayne County leader Buddy Shaw dies at 70

By Staff Reports
Published in News on May 3, 2010 2:32 PM

Howard A. "Buddy" Shaw Sr., 70, who died Sunday at Wake Medical Center was remembered today as a hard-working public servant and civic leader.

Shaw served on the Goldsboro City Council, the Wayne County Board of Commissioners and with the state Office of Emergency Management.

"The only thing I can say is that he was certainly a dedicated public servant," said Will Sullivan, who was county manager during Shaw's one term on the board of commissioners. "He was a public servant who looked out for the taxpayers. He was just a great person. He served with rescue for a lifetime. It was my pleasure to work with him."

A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Glenn Phillips and the Rev. Mike Eddinger officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tues-day at Seymour Funeral Home and at other times at the residence.

Shaw served as a county commissioner from 1988 until 1992 and was on the Goldsboro City Council from 1970 until 1979.

A native of Palm Beach County, Fla., he was the son of the late Howard Lee and Helen Louise McIntosh Shaw.

He was retired from the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services after 25 years, including 10 years as Eastern Regional supervisor. Shaw was appointed by the governor as a member of the state Boat Safety Board and the North Carolina Fire-Rescue Pension Board for 12 years. He was re-appointed July 1, 2009.

A member of Goldsboro Rescue and EMS for 28 years, Shaw served as captain and was made a lifetime member in 1985.

Shaw was known statewide for his work in emergency services, having been a member of the N.C. Rescue & EMS Association since 1960. During that time, he served as vice commander and commander, was on the board of directors and served as legislative committee chairman.

A member of the Masonic Lodge, he was a former president of the Wayne County Shrine Club. He was made a lifetime member earlier this year. He also was a member of Sudan Mini Rigs. He was a member of Shriners' Hospital Board of Directors in Greenville, S.C., from 1998 until 2003.

Shaw, who officiated the 1991 North Carolina-South Carolina High School Shrine Bowl football game, was a member of the N.C. High School Officials Athletic Association for 37 years.

He twice-received the Goldsboro Jaycees' Outstand-ing Rescue Person of The Year. He also is recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Shaw was selected as one of Five Outstanding Young Men of North Carolina and "Who's Who in North Carolina." In 2009, he was presented the Order Of The Long Leaf Pine, the highest award given by the governor.