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Shortt, Joel S.

Joel S. Shortt of Calgary passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at the age of 45 years. He will be forever remembered by his loving wife of fifteen years, Mary McCorquodale, his son Dylan and his daughters, Carla and Christy Larson.

Joel was born in Saskatoon, SK on August 3, 1959 and was raised in Rosetown, SK. His love of music led him, at the age of seventeen, to a brief career as a country and western music disc jockey at the local radio station CKOM in Rosetown.

From 1979 to 1982, Joel attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with Distinction from Law School in 1982. He was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta in 1983.

Joel practiced law in Calgary specializing in insolvency construction and commercial litigation, most recently with the firm Thackary Burgess. Joel was a regular speaker at legal and industry seminars, and a lecturer at the University of Calgary and for the Calgary Board of Education on construction law. He was an associate member of the Surety Association of Canada and was actively involved on behalf of the Canadian Bar Association in legislative change to the Builder’s Lien Act. Joel appeared at all levels of court in Alberta, and also conducted litigation in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Joel had a passion for every endeavor he undertook. He was an avid fan and collector of music of all genres and, in addition to his busy law practice, he recently became executive producer for the recording label, Ruby Moon Records. An avid reader and history buff, Joel loved to travel with Mary and Dylan, enjoying many adventures along the way.

A loving husband and father, a tireless advocate on behalf of his clients, and bon vivant, Joel will be sorely missed by his family, many friends and colleagues.

Joel is survived by his parents, Bud and Betty Shortt of Coleman, AB; his sister Barbara Hauta; and his brother Michael.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Tuesday, January 4, 2005 at 12:00 P.M. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of Joel Shortt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Just before going on-line to search for Joel, I had a sudden feeling of anxiety and regret. I thought, what if I have been out of touch for too many years? What if he is no longer in Calgary or has given up the fight. What if he worked himself into an early grave? Joel was my dear friend throughout law school, together with Rod Hinton and Brenda Niskala. We smoked and drank coffee in class, cracked jokes and called ourselves the fearless foursome. I retired from law due to burn out and very poor health. I just recently decided to give it another try and plan to relocate to Calgary. I will visit Joel’s resting place within the next year. I am so sorry he has passed away. Tonight I will light a candle and write a prayer…I still put much down on paper in black and white.

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