Loved ones pay tribute to late Grand County resident Roger Shaw

A bench dedicated in the name of Roger Shaw at Junco Lake Cabin near Grand Lake.

Friends and loved ones gathered last week near Grand Lake to celebrate a former county resident and music lover, Roger Shaw.

Members of the Grand County Wilderness Group, Grand Chorale, and Grand County Concert Series dedicated a permanent bench in Shaw’s name at Junco Lake Cabin, a popular trailhead to Columbine Lake.

The Rev. Paula Steinbacher of the Church of Eternal Hills officiated with Shaw’s children and extended family in attendance.

Shaw first moved to Grand County in 1995 and had been a stalwart in the county’s music scene ever since. He and his late wife, Joan, initiated many musical initiatives in the county including the OURchestra and the Mountain Messiah sing-a-long, which brought George Frideric Handel’s music to Grand County every December for 18 years.

His final live performance in front of a Grand County audience was Nov. 15, 2015. He then relocated to Illinois.

He passed away Dec. 3, 2017.

Roger Shaw

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