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Shawn P. Demenkow
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    P.O. Box 3000
    Boone, NC 28607

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“Annie,I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of the special ones we meet in life.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will always be with...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Mark Driscoll - Family Friend

“Dear Vicki and family .I am so sorry for your loss. With deepest sympathy .Kelly Rouillard Murphy ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Kelly Rouillard Murphy - Stoneham, MA

“Margie, I'm so sorry for your families loss... My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time..... Rest easy Master Sargent...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Cheryl McCarthy - Bedford, NH

“Thinking of all of Shawn's family at this difficult time. Fondly, Diane (Pollack) Manganaro. ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Diane Manganaro - Melrose, MA

“We are here for you D8 in your time of need. We love you brother and hope you heal quickly during this difficult time.Heavy AGE Team ”
5 of 23 | Posted by: Jason Baty - JBER, AK - Friend


6 of 23 | Posted by: Steve Beliiveau - Woburn, MA

“Dear Mrs demenkow Timothy and Andrew I am very sorry for the your loss of your dad. I can remember when your dad watched Andrew during recess at...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Ann Forrest - Melrose, MA

“Dear Mrs. DemenkowI am so very dirty for the loss of your husband. I will always remember how your Andrew beamed with pride when your husband...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Ann Forrest - Melrose, MA

“Shawn is more than a brother. Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God, our Father, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (See Romans 8...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Yani - Camp Lejeune, NC

“God Bless Your family in these hard times! We were blessed to know you on Camp Pendleton through Bryan and April Lawrence. (WE ARE HER PARENTS) ....Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Lynn and Douglas Garsha - Mesa, AZ

“God speed to you Master Sargent , Semper Fi, Jack ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Jack Shubert - Eugene, OR

“Cousin Barbie, Paul, Vickie, Anne and families, Art just gave me the very sad news about Shawn. Please know we are thinking of all of you. I still...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Anne Steele - West Vancouver

“I met Shawn through Project healing Waters he was a good man, and will be greatly missed. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: James Gallagher - Swansboro, NC

“Anne Timmy and Drew, Our family sends its condolences. We love both of you guys as soon as we got to know you. Your kids grew up with ours as...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Kelly & Thurman Purdiman - NC

“Master Sergeant Shawn Demenkow was a leader and mentor to me on our deployment to Afghanistan in 2010-2011. He always looked after those under his...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Steven Culp - Oceanside, CA

“Shawn, You will be so missed! You were such a kind and gentle man. Anne loves you so very much. You two go together like peanut butter and jelly. ”
16 of 23 | Posted by: Linda O'Connor - Glendale, AZ

“I am deeply saddened by your loss Anne ...my condolences to you and your family....XOXO ”
17 of 23 | Posted by: Susan Kelly - Friend

“It has been an honor to have known Shawn God bless to Annie, Timmy and Andrew our prayers are with you ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Amerigo & Joan Corsetti - MA

“My heart goes out to Shawn's family and loved ones. I met Shawn through Anne several years ago. They both opened their home to me and treated me like...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Tay Hood - Jacksonville, NC

“Anne, Tim, Andrew and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fun memories of Shawn when he lived on Cass St with Anne and Tim. Your husband...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Crystal Grant - Melrose / Lynn, MA

“Anne:You , Shawn, and Timmy were our downstairs neighbors on E. Foster St in Melrose. You were a terrific family. Shawn was just an incredible...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Burt and Terri Buchman - MA

“Dear Annie, Tim and Andrew,We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will unfortunately be unable to attend the service due to previous travel plans....Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Kelley - MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Master Sergeant Shawn P. Demenkow, USMC, Retired, (47) passed away at home in Maysville, NC, on August 8th. Shawn was born on June 12, 1970 and grew up in Wakefield, MA. He was a beloved son to his mother, Barbara (Dickenson) Hallstrom and her husband, Robert Hallstrom of Sebago, ME; his father, Paul Demenkow and his wife, Frances (Ahern) Demenkow of North Reading, MA. He was the cherished brother of Victoria (Demenkow) Lee and her husband, Gino Lee of Tucker, GA. and beloved stepbrother of Jennifer (Reboulet) McDonald and her husband John of Wakefield, Scott Reboulet and his wife Michelle, also of Wakefield and Stephen Reboulet and his wife, Jennifer of Townsend, MA.

Shawn graduated from NE Metro Regional Vocational School in Wakefield (class of '89), where he met his high school sweetheart and lifelong partner, Anne (Wallace) Demenkow. Together, they created a loving family and raised three beautiful children. Shawn was a devoted husband to Anne and proud father to their two sons, Timothy Demenkow and Airman First Class Andrew Demenkow, USAF, and was preceded in death by their dearest daughter, Emily Demenkow.

Shawn was a beloved son-in-law to Loretta Wallace and the late Ralph Wallace of Wakefield, MA. Shawn is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends, including his extensive military family of service men and women with whom he shared all of his adult working life.

Shawn knew early on that he would dedicate his career to serving in the military. He enlisted straight out of high school and served for 24 years in the United States Marine Corps. He retired in 2014.

Shawn was a craftsman and enjoyed creating things in his shop where he worked for long hours on welding and wood working ... READ MORE →