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Tributes to inspirational Derby company boss and loco enthusiast Richard Shaw

By Derby Telegraph  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

By Isaac Crowson

  • Richard Shaw who has died, aged 60.

  • Richard Shaw with the West Country class steam locomotive which he restored at the Great Central Railway, Loughborough, in the early 1990s.

  • Richard in 1977 with his thumb up with his restoration team.

  • Richard, fourth right, with staff at Shaws Metals, celebrating their 50th anniversary in 1998.

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THE family of a successful Derby business owner have paid tribute to his "hardworking and loving nature" following his death.

Richard Shaw, owner and managing director of Shaws Metals Ltd, of Osmaston Park Industrial Estate, died earlier this month having previously fought back to recover from a stroke.

Mr Shaw passed away at his home in Ashbourne aged 60 and leaves his mother, wife and two daughters.

Daughter Caroline Harrison, 31, said she was proud of his fight. She said: "It was a very severe stroke that affected his balance quite a lot. He was paralysed but he taught himself to walk again which was amazing.

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"He did lose his sense of taste which frustrated him because he loved his food, especially quality cheeses, and he was a big real-ale fan.

"But the fight was his strength of character and showed how strong he was."

Mr Shaw took over the business from his father in 1986, when he was aged 32.

Under his stewardship, it expanded and diversified, shipping goods abroad and taking on more staff. The company has many internationally known clients, including Rolls-Royce.

Mr Shaw was also well known for restoring a locomotive steam engine after buying it in scrap condition in 1977. It took him 15 years to complete, with the help of others, but the family rank it as his greatest achievement.

His wife, June, said his hard work has inspired the family.

She said: "He always wanted to do a good job and see things through, and he wanted to provide for us as a family. He was very hands-on at work and you would never catch him wearing a suit. He loved a laugh and a joke in life but he did not suffer fools gladly. There was no pretence and what you saw was what you got with him."

He spent his younger days listening to music and saw music legends Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. His other daughter, Elizabeth Shaw, who lives in Liverpool, said he loved music.

She said: "He went to school at Ratcliffe College and used to go and see the groups before they had become big bands. Not many people realised just how much he was interested in music.

"He loved animals and there was a collection for the donkey sanctuary. He would also always leave food out for the fox."

She said her father's death on April 8 was caused by heart disease with the effects of the stroke.

June said: "It's an incredible loss and I don't think it has sunk in yet. I'll think about him a lot and I have some great memories of him."

The family will be carrying on with the business as usual. June said: "I think he'd be proud of what we're doing, although the place will probably be tidier now!"

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  • HOBrien234  |  May 04 2014, 3:27AM

    What a lovely articule and tribute to a husband and a father. RIP Mr Shaw

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  • HOBrien234  |  May 04 2014, 3:20AM

    What a beautiful tribute to a father and husband. RIP Mr Shaw

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