THE co-founder of computer sales and repair shop Triarom has died suddenly, aged 57.

After suffering a stroke, Daniel Shaw was taken to hospital in Lancaster.

Following a second stroke, he died peacefully with his wife, children, and sisters at his side.

Mr Shaw was born in Blackburn, the fifth child and only son of Betty and William Shaw. After school he joined the family business - John Shaw Fruit Ltd - selling fruit and vegetables in shops and at markets, and helping to supply eateries around Lancashire.

After the business closed in 1989, Mr Shaw trained to be a pilot. He flew private planes for a variety of people, among them Malcolm Walker, the founder of Iceland Foods, and famous racehorse owner Robert Sangster.

He and first wife Jane Dobson had two children together - Rebecca, born in 1988 and Samuel, born in 1990.

In 1996 Mr Shaw founded Triarom with sister Marion and friend Paul Ineson.

The name of the business was a play on words - being as it was a three-man enterprise which enabled people to, literally, ‘try a [CD] ROM’.

The trio initially traded from Mr Shaw’s flat, selling CDs and teaching people how to install the games on them in their own homes.

The first Triarom shop was opened at Lake Road, Bowness, to sell computer hardware. Mr Shaw and company staff there helped customers to ‘computerise’ their lives, and carried out tech repairs when needed. They also ran evening classes, teaching people to use both Microsoft Office and the internet.

In 1999 Triarom moved to its larger, present-day premises at Birch Street in Windermere. Mr Shaw subsequently turned the Bowness store into what is believed to be the Lake District’s first internet café, which wife Amanda ran until the birth of their first child, Ben, in 2004. Another son, Josh, was born in 2007.

In his spare time Mr Shaw enjoyed Djing; indeed, ‘DJ Dan’ provided St Oswald’s School, in his home village of Burneside, with music at its parent-teacher association discos for more than 10 years.

He was also known for his stint as the ‘computer doctor’ on Radio Cumbria, where he would answer questions from callers.

During his time at Triarom Mr Shaw opened the company’s doors to many work experience students, many of whom sent in tributes.

Donations received are being sent to the Stroke Association and the Alzheimer’s Society.