SHAW, James Eric Donald (JD, DON) - December 7, 1929 - September 2, 2016
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of JD, after a brief battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife Melodie, children Derek (Lorna) and Judi Shaw and grandson Jonah.
He will be sadly missed by Dawn-Marie and Paul, Candice and Dan, Ian, Sherie and Mitch.
JD was born in Fergus, Ontario in 1929, and started his paid work as a Schoolteacher in a one room school in Elora at age 17.
He soon moved on to selling textbooks across Canada and then went into the insurance business in Toronto.
He eventually started his own commercial insurance brokerage, which he ran successfully for more than 30 years, with numerous long-term clients. JD had a wide range of interests, highlighted by becoming a high-hours private pilot, golfing, the Blue Jays and the Granite Club.
He was an exceptionally loyal, generous friend, respected mentor, loving and loved husband and adored father.
On Monday, April 25, 2016, 'Gus', surrounded by his family, passed away peacefully in his 92nd year. He was born in Loughrea, County Galway, Ireland in 1924. He flew in World War II with the RAF and immigrated to Canada in 1946. As one of twelve children, he is survived by his sister Eileen Hickey. Devoted husband to Dr. Vera Solowska for 60 years. Loving father of Helen (Marc Carere), Tom (Anne) and Peg (Tom Best). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Matthew, Emily, Andrew, Dominique, Luke, Jeff, Richard, Melanie, Amy, Colin, Jenna and his great-grandchildren Anna Bella, Sophia, Cosmo and Kiana. He was always a mentor and loving advisor to his children, their peers and his grandchildren. On May 2nd, friends may visit at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Rd. (East Gate entrance) from 10-11 a.m., followed by a memorial service in the Chapel at 11 a.m - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestar/obituary.aspx?n=andrew-duane&pid=179788240&fhid=17702#sthash.yZVARBov.dpuf