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SHAW, William Hunter (Bill)

February 14, 1927- Clydebank, Scotland
September 29, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Born in Clydebank, Scotland to William and Nancy Shaw, Bill passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

Bill is survived by his wife Sue, daughter Karen, and grand dogs Wikki and Patches. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Lianne, and his nieces and nephews.

Bill came to Canada at age 4 with his widowed mother, making Calgary his home. Bill apprenticed as a sign writer at Taylor Signs and later became a co-owner. He had a talent for carving wooden bird decoys. He enjoyed bird hunting and with his friends covered many miles of Alberta in pursuit of the Mallards and Pheasants. One or more of the family beagles were part of the trips. The family beagles and the occasional black lab were a big and loving part of Bill’s life. As a young man, there was also a special black cat named Sandy that Bill rescued on a cold winter night and nursed back to health. Cars and the Calgary Sports Car Club which he was a founding member of, was a great interest for Bill. Bill had many adventure travels to places like Cuba, the Arctic, the Antarctic, Labrador, Alaska, Hawaii, Nova Scotia and Scotland. For life long friends Herb and Mackie, thank-you for visiting at Sarcee, it meant a great deal to Bill. Thanks to Paulet for understanding Bill’s humor and learning the family secret of making Scottish shortbread and oatcakes. Thanks to Evelyn and Tony for always taking time to visit when they were in Calgary. Thank you to Sarcee Hospice for your care.

Dad, be at peace, hug the dogs, go for a walk on Nose Hill.

At Bill’s request, no formal Funeral Service will be held.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Cochrane Humane Society (S.P.C.A.), 62 Griffin Industrial Pointe, Cochrane, AB, T4C 0A3. Please forward condolences to

In living memory of Bill Shaw, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Dearest Sue and Karen –
    You know how sad I am at Bill’s passing; he was very special to me and I will always cherish his memory. I will remember walks on Nose Hill with so many dogs, and when we stopped to rest, he would sit and my old Odus would be right by his side. I will remember his stories and his sense of humour – we had many good laughs. And I still do have the “recipes” for shortbread and oatcakes, but the directions and ingredients seem to vary each time I make them. And the shortbread is never as good as the day we made it together.

    Forever in my heart, P.

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  2. Evelyn and Tony Caneda :

    Dear Karen and Sue,

    We are so blessed to have known Bill and, as you both know, he was like a second father to me while Karen and I were growing up. Bill had such a great sense of humor and a devilish twinkle in his eyes. I was also honored that he shared his family secret shortbread recipe with me. I must say, however, that tossing back that shot of scotch at the end of the recipe is still a little hard to do no matter how often I make the recipe. I also still use his tried and tested “recipe” of throwing spaghetti against the wall to know when it is done.

    Tony and I will greatly miss Bill’s little pearls of wisdom and his knowledge of the back roads of Alberta when we talked to him about driving through on our road trips.

    Aloha Bill and may you rest in peace. We will miss him. Take care Love always Tony & Evelyn

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  3. Dear Karen and Sue

    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was always there when Mom and Dad needed something or just come down the street to visit, his sense of humour kept everyone on their toes. The two family’s were a close crew on Northmount Crescent and memories will be cherished.
    Rest in Peace Bill and as Karen stated enjoy those walks.

    Love to Karen and Sue

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  4. Tom and Dianne Betty :

    Dianne & I feel privileged to have counted Bill Shaw as a friend. His gentle and wise demeanour, along with his ability to see the humour in every situation, while quietly enjoying the ride, was so special. Bill loved the outdoors. With shotgun over his arm and his Beagle sniffing the underbrush, it didn’t matter if there wasn’t any birds in the bag at the end of the day, the walk with his dog was ample reward. Sometime in the first week of January, we would receive a parcel in the mail which would contain a portion of Bill’s “Hogmanay” short bread, that we knew had been baked in true Scottish tradition, and toasted along the way with a tot of fine highland whiskey. Sue and Karen, our heartfelt condolences go out to you. You will truly miss Bill, as will we. With Love Dianne and Tom Betty

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  5. Milton Henders :

    I worked for Bill at Taylor Signs for a number of years thru the 70’s and 80’s. Bill was a great guy to work for and always thought he was very talented. I had the opportunity to go on a couple of pheasant hunts with him and his dogs. I have thought of Bill many times over the years and will always remember him fondly..

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