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ROBERT (BOB) SHAW (published on April 27, 2010)



ROBERT (BOB) SHAW April 9, 1932 - April 23, 2010 Suddenly, with his sons by his side, Bob Shaw passed away at the age of 78. Bob will be dearly missed by his sons, Bob (Lori), Don (Jan), Doug (Kim), Jim (Val) and his nine grandsons - Derek, Kevin, Jeff, Keith, Brett, Dave, Mike, Daniel and Kyle. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Louise. Bob was born in Winnipeg in 1932. He met Louise in elementary school and they eventually married in 1952. They were truly the most loving and romantic couple. Louise was the love of his life and they were constantly together until her passing in 1997. Bob and Louise enjoyed so many things together - walking, dancing, traveling, working around the house and raising their sons. Bob's greatest source of pride was his boys. He was a true hockey Dad. As he was such a fixture at the Melrose Community Club, he was often mistaken for the caretaker. At the community club, he served as president and chief skate sharpener; he spent most of his free time during winter months coaching his boys, shovelling and flooding the rinks. Dad seemed to have endless energy. Bob's focus was his family. Seemingly a tireless worker, he worked long hours as a Service Manager for Fleming Pedlar so that he could provide opportunities for his family. His training as a mechanic made him a Mr. Fix-It around the house, and later for his sons and friends. Bob loved his lake life. He, Louise and their family created many memories at the Big Whiteshell Lake. After Louise's passing, Bob spent time at Black Sturgeon. He was happiest canoeing, pounding nails, cutting trees or having happy hour on the deck. Dad and Mom's favourite travel destination was Cozumel. He spoke lovingly and frequently of their special times there and of his scuba diving and snorkeling experiences. Bob was also kept very busy attending his nine grandson's sporting events. Grandpa was constantly the spectator at a hockey, basketball, soccer, or swimming events. He enjoyed spending time with his guys and was often teasing them. It was always in a good-natured and friendly way. While Bob never had his own daughters, he considered himself blessed to have four wonderful daughters-in-law, who, over the years, came to be like his own daughters. Dad had a large circle of friends. His square and round dancing friends have been true and supportive. Bob enjoyed his workouts, coffee and conversation with his Y.M.C.A. friends. He kept in contact with his work friends. Bob liked to help out. He loved to help his friends with their house projects. He volunteered at the Grace Hospital book sales and Breakfasts with Santa. He set up tables at the Good Neighbours Senior Centre. He was always willing to lend a hand to a friend. Dad has been the backbone of our family - always there for us. We will miss him incredibly but we are comforted knowing that he is with Mom again. The family expresses their gratitude to Health Sciences Centre and CancerCare for their care and support. We specifically thank Doctors Czaykowski and Lamba and their staffs. Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will take place on Thursday, April 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111


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