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Obituary for James Kenneth Shaw

Shaw, James Kenneth (Jim):

It is with the most profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our Dad, James Kenneth Shaw, on Monday, August 22, 2022, at the age of 65.
After growing up in Atwood, ON, Jim moved to Kitchener and started his family at a young age. With the strongest work ethic, and an incredible devotion to his family, he created a loving home that welcomed family, friends and anyone who wished to visit. Throughout his years, Jim loved a good day trip on the motorcycle, or the thrill of snowmobiling through the countryside. He enjoyed cottaging in Point Clark, camping in Miller Lake, and most recently visiting Nova Scotia to help get Jimmy’s land ready for development. Wherever he was, you could find him fishing, sitting by the fire, or just gazing at the stillness of the lake. After a dedicated 25 years of service to BF Goodrich/Michelin, Jim went on and became trained in heavy equipment handling, where he would continue to work until retiring in June 2020.
Jim will forever be remembered by his children Melanie (Phillip Zegers), Jimmy (Krystina), and Brian (Kristine), as well as by Melanie and Jimmy’s mother, Bonnie.
His best-friend relationship with Jimmy is one that will never be replaced, and the incredible father-daughter bond, that although can never be broken, is feeling an insurmountable loss.

As a constant figure in his young grandchildren’s life, he has always been an amazing Grandpa with cookies and candies, and who’s home was second to their own. Olivia, Emily, and Adele will miss Grandpa in the audience at every dance show, every school performance, and his presence at every birthday and holiday celebration. His love, pride and admiration for Amanda, Michael and Julia was always present in his heart and mind.
As Grandpa leaves this earth, we are comforted in knowing he is now in the arms of his cherished and beloved grandson, Nolan, who left this world at age 6.
It was the past 26 months that Jim’s truest strength shone through. Diagnosed with his third bout of colon cancer in June 2020, the odds were not in his favour… However, his love, dedication, and desire to spend as much time as possible with his children and grandchildren overpowered those odds.
After surpassing prognosis predictions twice, Dad passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by those who loved him unconditionally, and with all our hearts.

Jim’s children will receive relatives and friends at Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, on Monday, August 29 from 11:00a.m. – 12:30p.m., followed by a celebration of his life from 1:00p.m – 1:30p.m., with reception to follow. Interment to take place at 2:45p.m. on Monday, August 29, at Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo.

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