September 21, 1930 – September 8, 2012
With great sadness, we inform you of Ernie’s passing in Calgary. He is survived by daughters, Dr. Diane Shaw and Gina Moore (Dan, grandchildren Thomas and Maria), and by son John (Sandra); grandchildren Ian & Mallory Shaw of Boca Raton, FL. He was predeceased by his cherished wife Rosa on Nov 13, 2011, eldest son Dr. Kevin Shaw on Jan 17, 2011, and infant daughter Maria on Jan 12, 1963; sister Beatrice and brother Graeme; and his parents.
Ernie was born in Cardale, MB, youngest of three children to John and Alison Shaw. He grew up on their family farm, learning the value of hard work, close family, good friends, and community baseball and hockey. He attended grade school in Cardale, and went on to attend the University of Manitoba at Brandon College, where he met the love of his life, Rosa. Ernie was a brilliant student, and popular and proficient in all circles of college activity. He graduated with a BSc and top academic honours in 1951, winning the Gold Medal for Arts and Sciences for the University of Manitoba, then went on to complete a year of graduate studies in Geophysics at the U of Toronto.
He immediately went to work for Imperial Oil as a field geophysicist. He and Rosa were married in Weyburn, SK on Aug 1,1953, and their college friends remained an important part of their lives. Ernie’s career at Imperial Oil/Esso spanned 35 years. He was a role model of integrity, hard work, and loyalty to company, colleagues, and employees. He and Rosa lived in many small towns in the early years, continuing their pattern of meeting new friends and colleagues with whom they would stay connected throughout their lives. After moving to Edmonton, and then Calgary, Ernie began the managerial and executive phases of his career in Exploration and Geophysics. With Rosa and 4 children in tow, he moved to Tulsa, Calgary, Dartmouth NS, Edmonton, and back to Calgary where he and Rosa lived the rest of their lives. Ernie made significant contributions to Exploration at Imperial Oil/Esso and to the profession of Geophysics. In 1984, he was honoured with the CSEG Meritorious Service Award.
Ernie was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather, expressing unwavering pride in his children’s and grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and was active in many sports throughout his life. After retiring, Ernie volunteered for several years on the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He and Rosa were involved as College alumni and in the Esso Annuitants Club. He learned to golf again and enjoyed many years at Priddis Golf Club. He volunteered tirelessly at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Ernie was a founding member of the Brandon University Foundation, and was presented with the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award and the Honorary Trustee Apex Award.
Prayers and tributes will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church (8944 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Ernie’s family extends their gratitude to the nurses of Units 56, 59, 73, and 74 at the Rockyview Hospital where he spent the last 4 months of his life, and especially to Dr. P. Wash.
In living memory of Ernest Shaw, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences