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Ranson Councilman Howard Shade dies

June 02, 2010|By RICHARD F. BELISLE
  • Howard Glenville Shade
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RANSON, W.Va. -- Howard Glenville Shade, a longtime member of the Ranson Town Council, died early Wednesday, hours after he won re-election Tuesday by beating a write-in challenger.

"Shade for Better Government" campaign signs for the at-large council member were still visible Wednesday around Ranson.

Shade, 83, was the longest-serving council member, a close friend and a dedicated public servant, Ranson Mayor A. David Hamill said.

"He was always doing what he could for the citizens of Ranson," Hamill said. "He was particularly concerned about how something we did on the council would affect those who could least afford it. He was always concerned about the little guy."

Hamill, of 103 N. Preston St., said Shade was his next-door neighbor.

"Glen was the first person I met when I moved here 30 years ago," Hamill said.

Shade died around 3 a.m. Wednesday, said Andrew P. Blake, city attorney for Ranson. He had been sick for about a week and a half, Blake said.

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"It's going to be a real loss to this community," Blake said.

Shade died at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., surrounded by his family, according to his obituary.

According to city policy, the council will appoint a successor to fill out Shade's entire new four-year term, Blake said. Interested citizens need to apply at City Hall, 312 S. Mildred St.

Shade was a Navy veteran of World War II, according to his obituary.

Hamill said Shade owned several properties around town.

He was president of the Ranson Convention & Visitors Bureau, past member of the Lions Club and was a Civil Service Commissioner for the Ranson Police Department, a position of which he was particularly proud, Hamill said.

Shade was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Walters Shade, and is survived by three sons, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchilden, according to his obituary.

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