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Alister Dalmar Shaw, of Rockport, MA and Nashua, NH, passed away peacefully at his Rockport home after a courageous four-year battle with cancer on October 11, 2021 at the age of 81.

Alister was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Thomas and Jean (Scott) Shaw. After arriving in the United States at the age of 13, he attended Irvington High School and graduated from East Orange High School in East Orange, NJ, class of 1959. He then joined the US Air Force. While stationed in England, Alister met his wife Jill (Marchant), where they were married in April 1964. Soon after, they moved to Sacramento, Calif., Where his sons Andrew and Robert are. born.

After moving to Pirmasens, Germany to serve at the US Strategic Command Facility, Alister and his family traveled extensively across Europe, often packing the VW station wagon for camping trips. He always cherished the friends and memories made during this time.

In 1970, Alister and his family returned to the United States and settled in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he began his career in nuclear medicine and welcomed a new family member, Jennifer, in 1976. Sportsman enthusiastic, Alister enjoyed tennis, golf and playing darts. He especially enjoyed the more than 30 years he spent gardening in the community gardens of Greeley Park in Nashua.

After 40 years of marriage, Alister’s wife, Jill, sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2002. Alister then met his partner, Beverly Bernhard, and they continued a very active life between Rockport, MA, the Jersey coast and have shared many trips between – even camping this summer. Always proud of his Scottish roots, Alister and Beverly hosted an annual Hogmanay party in Rockport where he wore his kilt and sporran, with bagpipes in the background.

Alister is survived by his partner, Beverly Bernhard of Rockport, MA; his son, Andrew and daughter-in-law, Jill of Andover, MA; his son, Robert and his daughter-in-law, Janet of Godalming, England; her daughter, Jennifer (Bujold) and son-in-law, Chris from Nashua, NH, and her beloved grandchildren, Johanna, Morgan, James, Megan, William, Mackenzie and Sam.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Alister will be held at the First Congregational Church, Rockport, MA on Saturday, November 13 at 11 a.m. Parents and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the WGBH Educational Foundation, Attention: WGBH Office of Gift Planning and Endowment, One Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135 or through the WGBH website

Arrangements by Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. Online condolences can be presented at:


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