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Robert R. Shaver


Mr. Robert R. Shaver, 68, of Pittsfield, passed away at home on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 following a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. Born in Pittsfield, MA on June 25, 1955 the son of the late Robert P. Shaver and Dorothy H. Pularo, he graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1973 and received a Bachelors of Arts in English Communication in 1990, and a Bachelors of Arts in Education in 1994 from North Adams State College.

An accomplished, and nationally ranked athlete, he was the National 1-Meter Springboard Diving Champion during his senior year in high school. Additionally, he coached track and football for local youth programs

Robert was a United States Army Veteran from 1981-1984 where he was assigned to the Special Forces Unit at Fort Bragg as a SPEC/4 Team leader.

After his military service, Rob was employed as a substitute teacher at Hug High School in Reno, Nv as well as at Wahconah Regional High School, and Pittsfield High School. It was through these endeavors that he then found his passion in helping the emotionally & developmentally challenged population where he spent the last 25 years employed for Guidewire, Inc. as a teacher, guide, counselor, and role model.

Among his many interests, his passions were studying and collecting artifacts in American & Military History, collecting sports memorabilia, spending time with close friends, and playing with his loyal Boston Terrier, Bigsby.  

Robert is survived by his sister, Deborah Shaver-Bates (Dennis), as well as his nephews, Todd Fuhrmann and David Izzo, and nieces Lindsey Fuhrmann and Darleen Izzo-Trujillo.

Besides his parents, Robert and Dorothy, he was predeceased by his sister, Darleen Shaver in 2010.

Funeral Notice:

Funeral services for Mr. Robert R. Shaver will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Berkshire Humane Society through the funeral home .

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Rob and I worked for many years, with our special needs guys at Cheshire Rd. and afterwards we continued to stay in touch. He led by example with those individuals and had a vibrant personality, that radiated far beyond his work environment.
from: John Manley on: 10-17-2023