Sanford H. Shaw


Shaw, Sanford H., 78, died Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Respiratory and Rehab Center of RI.  He was the beloved husband of Ellen (Bernstein) Shaw for 29 years, and the late Brenda (Sarat) Shaw.  Born in Providence, a son of the late Louis and Dorothy (Tolchinsky) Shaw, he had lived in Cranston for 29 years.

He was the founder of the former Typesetters II & Printing for 12 years and owner of Pro-Type, Inc. in Warwick for 7 years, retiring in 1994.  Sanford was a member of Temple Emanu-El and former member and board member of the former Temple Am David.  He was also a member of Touro Fraternal Association.

Devoted father of Diane Shaw of Riverside.  Dear brother of Barry Shaw of Warwick.  Loving grandfather of Anthony, Jason, and Matthew.  Cherished great grandfather of Victoria.

Funeral services will be held MONDAY, March 2nd at 11:00 a.m. in Shalom Memorial Chapel, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906.  Shiva will be observed at his late residence, 31 Tome St., Cranston on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 p.m., with Shiva Minyan on Monday at 5:30 p.m.


  1. Michael & Marilyn Smith
    Feb 29, 2020

    So sorry for your loss Ellen, Barry and family. Wish we could be with you but we’re in Florida. Glad Rick is doing the service. RIP Sandy.

  2. Ellen Gourse
    Feb 29, 2020


    I am sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  3. Ronne Chalek
    Mar 1, 2020

    Ellen and family,
    I am so sorry this happened to Sandy and the loss to the rest of the family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you as well.
    May you find peace.

  4. Joan Foley
    Mar 1, 2020

    Most sincere condolences, Ellen, on your loss. Sandy was one of the very nicest and caring congregants at Am David. I’m glad I had the chance to know him. Hoping good memories will be with you during this difficult time.

  5. Phyllis B. Solod
    Mar 1, 2020

    Sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers.

  6. Judith Bessoff
    Mar 1, 2020

    Dear Ellen, So sorry for your tremendous loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Judy Bessoff

  7. Harvey Allen Wagner
    Mar 1, 2020

    Hi Ellen.
    I am so saddened to learn about Sandy’s passing.
    My profound condolences to you and your family.
    Harvey Allen Wagner

  8. Mitch Riffkin
    Mar 1, 2020

    My sincere condolences on your loss.

  9. Frank and Diane Santos
    Mar 1, 2020

    We are so very sorry to hear of Sanford’s passing. He was a very kind and caring friend. We hadn’t seen him in many years, but we remember him fondly.

  10. Sheryl Labush Barlow
    Mar 1, 2020

    Dear Ellen my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . My sincere condolences on your loss. I’m so sorry, Sandy will be missed. Sheryl Labush Barlow

  11. Theodore Loebenberg
    Mar 1, 2020

    Barry and Family. This was shared with me at a tine of loss and I share it forward. DEATH IS NOTHING

    Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak to me in the easy way, which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, and pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is an absolute unbroken continuity. What is Death but a negligent accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well .
    Written by Henry Scott Holland (27 January 1847 – 17 March 1918) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford

  12. Paige and Howard
    Mar 1, 2020

    So very sorry for your loss. We are both out of state but our thoughts are with you.

    Paige and Howard

  13. Hank Priest
    Mar 1, 2020

    Ellen and the entire Shaw family,
    So sorry for your loss. Both Kathy and I always enjoyed when we use to see him out and about in Cranston. He will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts.

    Hank & Kathy Priest

  14. Arnie Moses
    Mar 1, 2020

    My condolences Ellen. Sandy was very passionate about our temple and was always a doer; he would lead a minyan, serve on the board, participate in fund raisers and anything else he was asked to do. He will truly be missed.

    Arnie Moses

  15. Aaron Weintraub
    Mar 2, 2020

    Ellen, I am so sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Aaron

  16. Wilma Short
    Mar 2, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear of Sanford’s passing. I knew him many years ago. I know he was a wonderful father to Diane and a great husband to Brenda, my former teaching colleague and wonderful, supportive friend. Peace be to this kind man’s memory. I send peace and comfort to Ellen and Diane, his family and friends.

  17. Stephen E Glinick MD
    Mar 2, 2020

    I had the good fortune to know Mr. Shaw, albeit largely as a patient, for many years. He and I shared interests beyond only his health concerns. We both were especially fond of boating and he was extremely proud of the one that he owned. As with other things in life he took meticulous care of it. He got to explore the bay with his wife and knew just about every nook and cranny of Narragansett Bay at which one could dock or anchor. (Docking of course much preferred). His accounts of these explorations left me envious for more time on my own vessel. It was a very sad day for him when he had to give that up because of health issues.

    He was an extremely kind and considerate gentleman. Soft spoken but obviously filled with enjoyment for life. He was devoted to his wife and as his body betrayed him he was more worried about being a burden to her than his own discomforts.

    If a physician is lucky his patients become more to him than just persons to mend. I am proud to say that Sandy was a friend as well. One does not need to be famous or wealthy to be a great man . I will miss him profoundly. My condolences to all whose lives he touched. We are all the better for it.

  18. Laurence J Sasso Jr
    Mar 2, 2020

    I went to high school with Sanford and Brenda. We were in the same home room for all three years at Hope High. I am on the committee planning our 60th reunion. Although we weren’t close friends and I only saw him a few times through the years, he was one the people who I hoped to be able to see, but such things are out of our hands. He was a great guy back then and I am certain he was the same as a man. My condolences to the family.

  19. Ralph Nathan
    Mar 2, 2020

    So sorry for your loss.

  20. Arlene Bochner
    Mar 5, 2020

    Sorry to hear of Sandy’s passing.
    Arlene and Ed Bochner

  21. Sandra Torrisi
    Mar 5, 2020

    Barry, Sorry to hear of your loss. Sincere condolences.

  22. Cheryl Adessi
    Mar 16, 2020

    Ellen and family,
    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Condolences to you all.

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