Colman D. Shattuck


Colman Dodge Shattuck, 65, of Martha’s Vineyard and formerly of Colchester, Conn., died on Thursday, August 8, sailing peacefully into eternal life at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his caring and devoted family. Colman was the loving husband of 34 years of Elizabeth “Beth” Ann (Lawhorn) Shattuck.

Born in Hartford on August 27, 1947, a son of the late Granville and Sylvia Elizabeth (Taber) Shattuck, he had resided in Colchester for 31 years prior to moving to Martha’s Vineyard over three years ago. Colman was a graduate of Granby High School, Class of 1966, and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Northrop University in Los Angeles, Calif. Prior to his retirement, Colman was an Aerospace Engineer for 31 years at Hamilton Sundstrand/United Technologies Corporation in Windsor Locks, Conn.

A talented woodworker, Colman enjoyed making furniture and other things for his family and friends. He was a musician with the soul of a poet who just completed and released his own CD. He was a lover of nature with a spiritual soul who truly loved the beach and outdoors.

Most of all, Colman was a gentle family man who loved spending time with his wife, children, dog, and other family members and friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Susan Draper Barry of Jacksonville, Fla. Along with his beloved wife, Beth, Colman is survived by a son, Samuel “Sam” Taber Shattuck of Martha’s Vineyard; a daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Shattuck of Martha’s Vineyard; a brother, William T. Shattuck of Singer Island, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Marguerite (Besneatte) Lawhorn of Canton; a brother-in-law, Eric J. Lawhorn and his wife, Carla, of Bloomfield; a sister-in-law, Jonelle M. Lawhorn and her husband, William Deming, of Avon; his dog, Baldwin; many nieces and nephews; former co-workers and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 14, at South Congregational Church in East Hartford with his dear friend Rev. Al Turner officiating. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Granby Center Cemetery in Granby, Conn.

Memorial contributions in Colman’s name may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.

Colman’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Peter Bloom, Dr. Robert Siegel, Donna and all the staff at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, along with Susan, Jennifer, Darcie, Diane, and all the nursing staff of the Oncology Unit at the Conklin Building for their gifts of skill, compassion, and kindness given to Colman and his entire family. For online expressions of sympathy to the family please visit