Susan Goldman-Shaw of San Pedro, California, born in Endicott, New York, raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on January 3rd, 2021 at 61 years young. Susan is deeply missed by her husband Jeff, stepdaughters Cameron (Zephyr) and Lindsey, precious baby granddaughter Ione, sister Melissa (Jim), sister-in-law Leslie, nieces Genny (John), Becca, Katie and Aunt Betty, as well as so many other beloved family members and friends. Susan is pre-deceased by her parents, Mike and Dottie, and younger sister Marianne.
As a teen Susan was a gymnast and competed on her high school team, the Firebirds. Though a serious injury due to a fall from a balance beam sidelined her gymnastics career it introduced her to the career that turned into her professional life’s work - she became a physical therapist to help others recover their best lives as she herself experienced at the hands of a skilled professional.
In her own words, she was addicted to helping people.
Susan was truly never idle. She had a second job at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. She also volunteered at the Marine Mammal Care Center in San Pedro, caring for rescued sea lions which was truly her dream and passion. She volunteered for the Marine Science Floating Lab teaching hands-on lessons to local students; at the Cabrillo Beach grunion runs, and at the local police department. Sue was a blessing to her local community and to those who knew and loved her.
As an avid animal lover, Sue kept cat food in her car for strays; she’d stop the car to get a wayward dog or cat off a dangerous street. She is survived by nine pampered pets: her dog, Patches; three cats, Fidget, Piccolo, and Max; a fish; and four tortoises.
The intrinsic kindness in Sue’s soul was a reminder of the goodness in humanity. Those she loved and who love her still will miss the richness she added to their lives.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her memory to the Marine Mammal Care Center, an organization that filled her with joy. https://donorbox.org/mmcc-2-2
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 19th at 2:00pm (Pacific time) at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes. Family and friends are invited to attend via Zoom. A link will be provided.