WORCESTER, Mass. – Eli Shaw, of Pawtucket and Worcester, died June 15.
He leaves his wife of 41 years, Mary Shaw, of Middletown; his daughter Sharon Yaffe and her husband Alan, and his son Joel Shaw and his wife Malkie, all of Worcester; eight grandchildren, Hillary and Matt Harris of New York; Rachel Yaffe of Everett, Mass.; Dara Yaffe of Worcester; Sarala and Zelik Langsam of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Frumie Shaw, Rochie Shaw, Dinie Shaw and Levi Shaw, all of Worcester; and three great-grandchildren, Estee, Chana, and Chezzy Langsam of Brooklyn. He was predeceased by four siblings and his first wife Shirley Shaw.
Born in Przytyk, Poland, he was the son of Alexander Zisel and Soroh Leah Warshawsky. He was a survivor of five concentration camps during the Holocaust. He was liberated in January, 1945 and traveled to Italy with a friend to make a new life. He came to America in July 1950, where he settled in Providence and worked as a tailor.
Throughout his life, he remained fiercely independent. After he retired, he enjoyed taking the bus to visit his friends at his former tailor shops in downtown Providence.
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