Aged: 64.7 years
Kingston Daily Freeman, Tuesday, September 23, 1952
Daniel Shaw Dies in Auto Crash Near Highland
Was Former Postmaster of New Paltz and Served 10 Years as Supervisor
Daniel Shaw, 64, New Paltz insurance and real estate broker, died in an automobile accident near Highland about 9:40 p.m. Monday, state police reported. A prominent Democratic leader, Shaw was a former postmaster of New Paltz village and had served 10 years as supervisor of his town.
Troopers said Shaw was driving alone in his 1950 coach when he "apparently lost consciousness." The automobile ran off the north side of Route 299, traveled through the brush, crossed to the south side of the highway and struck a tree head-on about 50 feet off the pavement.
The accident occurred on Route 299 about three and a half miles west of Highland.
Had Heart Condition
Troopers said that Shaw had been suffering from a heart condition. Coroner Ernest A. Kelly was notified and began an investigation to determine whether Shaw died of a heart attack just before the accident, or whether he died of injuries received in the accident.
Shaw was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Peter Lordi of Highland and the body was removed to the V.T. Pine and Son Funeral Home in New Paltz.
Shaw, a prominent Democrat, resided at 28 Main street, New Paltz, and was self employed as an insurance and real estate broker.
Held Various Offices
He was postmaster of the village of New Paltz during the early 1930s. He was supervisor for the town of New Paltz from 1920 to 1929. He was elected clerk of the Board of Supervisors on February 17, 1934, succeeding John D. Rippert of Ellenville. Shaw served as clerk until his resignation on April 23, 1935, when he was succeeded by former Sheriff Arthur Rice. He was a past president of the Ulster County Supervisors Association.
Active Many Years
Shaw was also a trustee of the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, a member of the Masonic Lodge of Highland and a past president of the New Paltz Fire Department. He had been active in New Paltz civic affairs for many years.
He was born in Newburgh, son of the late Isaac and Esther Burger Shaw, but had made his home in New Paltz for many years.
He is survived by his widow, Belia T. Shaw; a brother, Augustus, of New York; a sister, Miss Maude Shaw of Poughkeepsie, and a half-sister, Miss Susan Shaw of New Paltz. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pine Funeral Home, New Paltz, with the REv. John Follette officiating. Burial will be in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery. There will be a Masonic service at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home between 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday.
~ Courtesy of fultonsearch.org, database of Tom Tryniski