February 3, 1959 - March 9, 2014

Burial Date


SHANGRAW, DENNIS A. “DENNY,” 55, of Williamstown, lost his battle with melanoma on March 9. He passed peacefully at home with his family at his side. Denny lived his life the same way he fought cancer, with great courage, strength and dignity. He was an inspiration to his family and friends. His unshakable faith and positive attitude guided him without fear through his three-year battle. Denny was born to Warren and Ruby (Baker) Shangraw on Feb. 3, 1959. He grew up in Williamstown and attended Williamstown schools. He worked most of his life with his parents at Dubois Trucking at his dream job, driving truck. He also drove for JA MacDonald and worked briefly as a roofer for Burrell Roofing, where he was given the nickname “Clinger.” His last trucking job was for Pouliot and Corriveau, where he made many close friends and looked forward to his daily visits to pick up milk from dairy farms. Denny enjoyed his yearly trek to Talladega Superspeedway with family and friends. His time off was spent cutting wood and visiting with friends. Denny leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Kay; his four sons, Benjamin and wife Alicia, of San Diego, Peter, Matthew and Samuel, of Williamstown; his three grandchildren, who brought him much joy attending ballgames, ballets and birthday parties. He also leaves behind his four siblings, Joan and husband Andy, Lois and husband Terry, Steve and wife Kim, and Andrew and wife Ann. He was predeceased by his parents.

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