Shawn W. "Beefcake" Sawyer

GOUVERNEUR – Shawn "Beefcake" W. Sawyer, age 48, passed away on November 13, 2018 at the University Hospital in Syracuse.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Gouverneur VFW beginning at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at

Shawn was born on October 8, 1970 in Gouverneur to James and Sharon (Pernice) Sawyer. He graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1989 and married Nicole "Nutsy" A. Charlton on June 3, 1995.

Beefcake had worked for the Natural Dam Paper Mill for 28 years, having been the Mill's Maintenance Planner. He was a talented musician, playing bass in many jam sessions. He loved fixing things, riding motorcycles, and hunting with his Aunt Lottie and relatives. Always up for a good time, he and his buddy, Robbie, ran Suds-N-Buds, detailing cars and drinking beer. Most of all, Beefcake loved his family and spending time with his "garage friends" over the weekends and on Thirsty Thursdays.

His survivors include his parents, James and Sharon Sawyer of Richville; his wife, Nicole "Nutsy" Sawyer; his children, Kayla Sawyer and Patrick Sawyer; and sisters, Jennifer and Danyelle Sawyer, all of Gouverneur.

Donations in memory of Shawn may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children at or 2900 Rocky Point Drive Tampa, FL 33607.