Joe L. Shaw, a retired Baltimore police officer, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home in Red Lion, Pa. The former Northwood resident was 70.
Mr. Shaw, the son of an electrician and a teacher, was born and raised in Kingstree, S.C. After graduating in 1957 from Tomlinson High School, he moved to Baltimore.
He worked full-time while attending the University of Baltimore, where he earned his bachelor's degree, family said.
In 1970, Mr. Shaw joined the Baltimore Police Department. During his career, he was assigned to the Northeastern District, and at the time of his 1999 retirement, he had attained the rank of sergeant and was working at Central District headquarters.
Since 2001, Mr. Shaw had been living in Red Lion. He was founder of a pinochle club and also enjoyed playing poker.
He was a golfer and a member of the Colonial Golf Club. He liked listening to gospel music and vacationing in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mr. Shaw was a longtime member and deacon of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore and attended services two days before his death.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at his church, 430 E. Belvedere Ave.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Peggy A. Dailey; a son, Darnell L. Dailey of Silver Spring; two daughters, Anita Yvette Anderson of Bowie and Karen Shaw of Red Lion; two brothers, Carroll Shaw of Baltimore and James Shaw of Florence, S.C.; three sisters, Willie Mae Scott, Alma Gilliam and Velma Shaw, all of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.