Former Teacher and Candidate for Buckhannon City Council Joe Shaw Dies at 69

Joe Shaw at the Buckhannon City Candidate Town Hall Debate

(Mountaineer Journal) — Joe Shaw, who was a former social studies teacher and candidate for Buckhannon City Council, died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 69.

He passed away while hospitalized at UPMC Montefiore, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His death was confirmed in a listing, issued by Poling St. Clair Funeral Home.

“Joe Nelson Shaw, age 69 of Buckhannon, WV died Sunday, January 8, 2017,” the funeral home stated.

Along with serving as a teacher and city council candidate, he also worked as a coach, bus driver, athletic director and administrator.

In the year of 1975, Shaw gave his life to Christ.

“Joe believed strongly that he was governed by a moral authority, the Bible-the Holy Spirit to help him interpret how to live righteously and to love people,” his obituary expressed. “He worked fervently to protect the unborn and to maintain our constitutional rights, which included working to see that those opposed to religious freedom didn’t take away our ‘God-given freedoms.'”

In 2016, Shaw ran as a candidate for Buckhannon’s city council. One of his main platforms included defending religious liberty within city government, vowing to protect our constitutional rights.

With regards to advocacy, Shaw was a staunch pro-life supporter and social conservative. He was also a member of Good Shepard Assembly of God in Randolph County.

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