September 30, 1967 – February 26, 2018
Joseph Myles Gerard Shaw passed away as a result of a ski accident on February 26th while on a trip with his brother Grant.
Joe is predeceased by his parents, Myles and Dorothy, as well as his sister, Anne-Marie.
Joe is survived by and will forever be in the hearts of his wife, Susan Beck Horne and his three daughters, Isabel Beck Shaw, Lucille Jarvis Shaw and Beatrice Myles Shaw.
He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, brothers Hugo (Nancy) Shaw and Grant (Karen) Shaw, sisters Claire Shaw, Lucille (Perry) Shaw and Helen (Mark) Tremblay. He will also be missed by Sue’s father Peter Horne, brother David Horne and sister Lesley (Matt) Horne. Uncle Joe was an entertaining favorite amongst his many nieces and nephews; Matt (Erin - Parker and Norah) Mike and Emily Shaw; Laura, Simon and Martha Cope; Kari and Anne-Marie Sakki; Josh, Jordan, Ben and Natalie Tremblay; and Jarvis and Charles Easingwood. His many cousins cover Canada and the US like pins on a map.
Joe was the youngest of seven and his mother’s personal Canadian centennial project, born in Sudbury Ontario in 1967. He left his home town almost twenty-five years ago but still read the Sudbury Star every week. What he learned in Sudbury, he took to his eventual home, Vancouver and that included his love of skiing, canoeing, camping, hiking, biking and cooking. Friends like Tony Kusnierczyk started early and lasted a lifetime. Quick-witted, fun loving and generous, Joe was larger than life and his presence was known wherever he went.
Acadia University is where he made his mark on the varsity football team and graduated with a commerce degree. In 1994, he obtained his LLB from the University of Windsor and his JD from the University of Detroit. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 and the New York Bar and British Columbia Bar in 1997. He was a partner at Harris and Company LLP.
It is not possible to think of Joe without thinking of the pride and love he had for his wife, Sue and his three daughters. Their activities and accomplishments filled his life and he filled theirs with his incredible devotion and his humour. He was deeply involved in all aspects of his daughters’ lives: coaching the soccer team; taking on the role of President of the Cypress Ski Club; driving countless miles with a car full of girls for field hockey games, practices and a tour in Holland; and cheering his daughters on in every endeavour, whether it was sports, music, academics or more personal. They were the centre of his universe and he celebrated them for being themselves in each of their own unique ways.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Joe at 11:00am on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2465 Crown Street, Vancouver. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 9th at CELEBRATION HALL in Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street, Vancouver (please enter the cemetery at Fraser and 39th and follow the signs to the hall). Joe’s family and his brothers and sisters will be there from 6:30pm until 8:00pm to greet relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made L’Arche, Sudbury. (www.larchesudbury.org) Better yet, take a spin on your bike, cook a feast for family and friends or ski down a snowy trail. Joe will be right there with you.