It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Shaw of Blind Bay, BC at the age of 67 after a three year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Gwynneth, and daughters Heather Shaw of White Rock and Christy Shaw of Revelstoke. He is also survived by sisters Linda (James) Beebe of Saskatoon, Nancy (Don) Wilkins of Davidson and Lorna (Maurice) Lennox of Saskatoon, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Saver of Chilliwack. He also leaves 10 special nieces and nephews and their families.
Jim was born July 24, 1946 in Porcupine Plain, Sask. to Jack and Velma Shaw. He joined the RCMP on April 15, 1966 taking his training in Ottawa and had the distinction of being part of the “last mounted troop”. His first posting was to Kamloops where he was stationed for 10 years before he was transferred to Ocean Falls, on to Kelowna and back to Kamloops in 1988. He retired from the force in May 1991 then worked for the City of Kamloops as Court Liaison Officer until December 2002.
In July 2004 Jim and Gwyn moved to Blind Bay on the Shuswap Lake to enjoy their retirement. Jim was very active in the community and for a period of time he held the position of Director of Maintenance with the Cedar Heights Community Assoc. He enjoyed reading, woodworking, water sports, skiing, golfing and curling. He loved traveling, gardening and spending time with his family and friends, of which he had many. He had a great sense of humour and always had a story or joke to tell. Several winters were spent in their home away from home, Rincon de Guayabitos Mexico. Jim loved life and lived it to the fullest.
A Celebration of Life for Jim will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Cedar Heights Community Centre, 2316 Lakeview Drive, Blind Bay at 2:00 p.m. with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ALS Society of BC at #1233 – 13351 Commerce Parkway, Richmond, BC V6V 2X7 or online at alsbc.ca/donate.
We wish to thank Dr. Bonthuys, Dr. Calder and Salmon Arm Community Health Care for their care and compassion as well as the Shuswap RCMP Vets and many friends for helping the family through this difficult time.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC. Online condolences can be sent through Jim’s obituary at bowersfuneralservices.com.