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In his memory:

Lt. James Shaver Jr.
VFP-62 circa 1965

(L-R) Lt.jg. C. J. Buckley, Lt. J. K. Shaver, Lt. Cdr. Fisher,
Lt.jg. J. A. Balaum, Lt. T. A. Myers

Updated: February 6, 2019

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    James Kenneth "Jim" Shaver Jr., of Sarasota, formerly of Norwalk, Conn., died Oct. 31, 2009.

    A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday with masonic and military honors at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Toale Brothers Funeral Homes.

    Survivors include his wife, Joan of Sarasota; a son, Frederick (Fritz); and two grandchildren of Aptos, Calif.

    Jim was preceded in death by his son, David.

    After W. Va. Wesleyan College, Jim became a proud U.S. Naval aviator and aviation instructor. His last tour of duty was with a photo reconnaissance squadron [VFP-62] in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a navigator, engineer and pilot for Pan Am on its many different aircraft.

    In Norwalk, Jim was active in community affairs. He served as commander of The Rowayton Power Squadron, and as district safety officer for District 2, and is a member of the National Safety Committee. He has been committed to a program of boating safety through education. In Sarasota, Jim continued his work with the Sarasota Power Squadron as an instructor.

    He became quite a recreational sailor, winning racing trophies and serving as an officer of the International Catalina 30 Association, fleet captain of Fleet 18, which served the Long Island Sound area, and he helped organize various regattas and cruises for Catalina 30, including co-chairing the first Catalina National Regatta in the Long Island Sound. In Sarasota, Jim continued his work with the Sarasota Power Squadron as an instructor.

    Jim was a member of various bodies of the Fraternal Order of Freemasons. He was a past member of Ohio Lodge #1, Wheeling, W. Va. He is a past master of Ivanhoe Lodge #107, Darien, Conn. He is currently a member of Sahib Shrine and the Legion of Honor in Sarasota, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, San Jose, Calif., and Asiya Shrine, San Mateo, Calif.

    He enjoyed curling with the Nutmeg Curling Club, Darien, Conn., and model railroading.

    Memorials may be made to Shriners' Hospitals for Crippled Children.

    Lt. Shaver's radio head-set.--Greg Engler's collection

    Greg sent me this photo with the comment: "Found" these old headsets. Somehow they ended up with me. Has Jim Shaver's name written in ink on them. A bit old and ragged. Apparently it was a set I had used at some point and and they followed me home. I do recall using it with my homemade metal detector in Orlando in the 60s. I found 1374 coins with it in the first year so they worked good with my detector.

    Greg continues: "The headset would have been used to check out the pilot's radio. Communications with the pilot were verbal after you climbed up next to him to see what his problem was. If he had a problem you would first check to see if he was plugged in, they didn't now and then, and if so then unplug him, plug yourself in and test the send and receive.

    Some pilots used headsets at times for whatever. Don't know if maybe they, on occasion, might have part of the LSO [landing signal officer] group manning the landings."

    [Webmaster: In addition, Greg provided the Newsletter of the Forrestal detachment 59, 1965-66, which is posted on our "VFP-62 Memorabilia." On the first page the officer-in-charge wrote: "The at-sea period was dimmed by Lt. Shaver's departure for CONUS (Continental U.S.) on October 11, 1965 to be at the bedside of his critically ill wife. Our heart felt sympathy is extended to the Shavers on the loss of their young son."]

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    Updated 3/9/18



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