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Mr. Willard "Will" Ellsworth Shawgo Jr. passed away with his family by his side at Heritage Valley Hospital on January 18, 2021 in Beaver, PA at the age of 72.
Will was born on May 16, 1948 in Grove City, PA to Willard and Dorothy Shawgo. He graduated from Grove City College in 1970 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering. Will married Patti, his high school sweetheart, in 1967. Will and Patti's 2 children, Jeff and Jenny, were raised in Grove City, Gary IN, and Beaver Falls, PA. Will worked for Inland Steel, J&L Steel, and Superior Drawn Steel as a Metallurgical Engineer. In 1958, Will, his brother John, and their dad, began the legacy of the Shawgo Tree Farm, which is still in operation in Grove City, PA.
Will was a wonderful husband to Patti of 53 years, and enjoyed traveling around the country in their RV. He was a loving father and grandfather, and a great friend and neighbor. Will was a coach, a golfer, a woodworker, a hunter, a fisherman, and he loved his golden retrievers. He took pride in his garden and in sharing his harvest with friends and neighbors. His woodshop was always open and he was a friend to the end.
Will is survived by his wife Patricia Mann Shawgo of Beaver Falls, PA; children Jeffrey (Nancy) Shawgo of Pittsburgh, and Jennifer Shawgo (Priestly) Williams of Virginia; brother John G. (Joan) Shawgo of Grove City; grandchildren, Emily Shawgo (Rick Fincham) of Pittsburgh, and Miles Williams of Virginia; sister-in-law Nancy Runkle of Massachusetts, and brother-in-law Robert (Linda) Mann of Florida; nephews Douglas (Yvonne), Gary (Nancy), and Michael (Bernadette) Shawgo, and niece Christina Mann; and a great nephew and great nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents Willard Ellsworth Shawgo and Dorothy Gahagan Shawgo of Grove City, PA, and his grandson Will Williams of Virginia.
A private service for only the family is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 11am, at CUP Evangelical Presbyterian Church,. Friends are welcome to watch the live streamed service at http://www.cupepc.org/cup-church/category/cup-online-services/. Pastor Scott Graham will officiate the service. In accordance with CDC guidance, masks are required. Friends and family will gather together at a later date to raise a glass to Will. Condolences can be sent to cunninghamfhgc.com
A special acknowledgement to the critical care unit staff of Heritage Valley Hospital for their kind and compassionate care.
Arrangements by Cunningham Funeral Home, Inc., 306 Bessemer Ave., Grove City, PA.
Do you think heaven will be a bit, well, boring? Far from it! Please join me for a road trip to the end of Revelation 21 - and the thrilling culmination of one of God's most important themes in Scripture.
Music Today: Arthur Alligood, 'Where the Sparks Fly Upward'On earth, 'man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.' (Job 5:7). But in heading toward heaven, 'You and I put feet toward the flame/You and I walk unashamed.' One of my favorites from a gifted young songwriter.
Johannes Brahms, German Requiem, Sixth movement, part 1.One of the best Baritone solos in all classical choral music comes in this thrilling mixture of 'here we have no lasting city' (Hebrews 13:14) and 'we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.' (1 Cor. 15:51-55) Revelation also makes an appearance here. I've never been given the opportunity to sing the solo here - maybe that's part of my work in heaven ! (I don't know why the movement is split; hopefully part 2 will automatically follow when you watch part 1.)
As we near the climax of the Advent season in 2020 with the celebration of Christmas and the
coming of Jesus, we are also living with the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic have
brought to us in Western Pennsylvania. Your Session and I, your Pastor have prayed, conferred,
debated, and finally arrived at a decision for our worship life together during the next few
weeks that we believe will provide the appropriate balance of physical, spiritual, and emotional
support, understanding that the Lord continues to be in control of our world and our lives as He
always has been.
Here’s our plan for each of our services from December 13 through January 3:
DECEMBER 13: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary, with masks worn through the service.
The service will be streamed online via YouTube at www.cupepc.org.
DECEMBER 20: 10:30 worship in the sanctuary with masks worn through the service.
We will be offering our traditional Christmas Eve LESSONS AND CAROLS service at this time, in a
shortened format, and Communion will NOT be included as a part of the service this year.
The service will also be streamed online via YouTube at www.cupepc.org.
We will have some very special guests reading our Scripture Lessons ‘virtually’, so please join us
one way or the other!
DECEMBER 24: WE WILL BE OFFERING A PARKING LOT WORSHIP SERVICE at 4 PM.
The format of the service is to be determined, but we will broadcast through a radio transmitter
so everyone can keep their windows up! We plan on providing a variation on our candlelight
conclusion that will be meaningful as we celebrate Jesus’ birth and look with joy to his return.
Come ready to sing! Visitors, as always, are welcome!
DECEMBER 27 AND JANUARY 3: We will be streaming the worship service at 10:30, but worship
will be ONLINE ONLY. (www.cupepc.org) Only those directly involved in leading worship will be
allowed in the building.
We pray that the current wave of virus cases will wane, and we look forward to being together
in an easier way as soon as it is prudent to do so. Our final decision in how to conduct these
services wasn’t unanimous, but all of us as Ruling and Teaching Elders are able to support it,
and believe the Lord has good plans and purposes for us as we reach out in His name in these
days. God bless you all, and we look forward to worshipping our Lord with you now and
throughout the New Year.