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Fond memories of 'Mr Gas'

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

Les Shaw

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AN ASHBURNIAN who founded the town’s junior football club and was known for his work with the Gas Board, has died aged 86.

Mr Shaw was born in 1926 at Woodlands, Bradley, but at the age of four moved to Mayfield Road, Ashbourne, where he grew up with his brother, the late George Shaw, Ashbourne historian.

After attending the National Boys School in Mayfield Road, Mr Shaw became an apprentice to the Gas Board at the age of 14, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.

Mr Shaw worked for the Gas Board for 51 years and became known in Ashbourne as Mr Gas.

His marriage to Joan in 1951 was followed by the birth of their oldest son Chris and 11 years later, youngest son Anthony.

Chris Shaw said: “Everybody I meet always say my mum was a lady and dad was a gentleman.

“As his son, I was proud of him, he was a man of his word, he was totally reliable and no matter what anybody in the town asked of him, he would do it.” During his life, the late Mr Shaw arranged exchanges for Ashbourne Aztec players with an American soccer team called the Pinelanders and his work with young people was recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth II, although, as a modest man, Mr Shaw asked a friend to be presented to Her Majesty in his place.

He was also involved with politics in Ashbourne as well as being a keen gardener who frequently won council-run competitions among tenants in the town.

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