With his family at his side, Edward Hugh Shute passed away peacefully at the Carewest Colonel Belcher on Thursday, August 18, 2005 at the age of 88 years.
Ed was born in Winnipeg, MB on September 13, 1916. Upon graduation from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute, he joined the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and in September of 1939 enlisted in the Canadian Air Force. After being medically discharged from the Air Force in 1941, Ed returned to Winnipeg, married his high school sweetheart, Beatrice McKelvey, and resumed his career with CPR. During his years with CPR, Ed and his family moved several times, settling in Calgary in 1966. He became an active member of the Calgary community, achieving life memberships with both the Heritage Park Society and the Calgary Stampede Board. In 1975, Ed accepted a position in Bandung, Indonesia as the head of an international consortium of railway consultants. He returned to Montreal in 1977 to assume the role of the first Vice-President of Operations for the newly formed Via Rail Canada. In 1979, Ed retired to Calgary and continued to be an active member of his Southwood Community, especially the Southwood Seniors. For over fifty years, Ed also maintained a membership as a Freemason with the Foothills Masonic Lodge #174.
Ed will be forever remembered by his three daughters, Marilyn (Mike) Rybchuk, Jacquie (Paul) Reinprecht and Sandi (Frank) Olson; and son Dennis (Pat) Shute. He will also be remembered by his ten grandchildren, Colin Wright, Cheryl (Tyler) Hadfield, Mark Rybchuk, Corinne (Paul) Yusypchuk, Jeff Reinprecht, Steven (Sarah) Reinprecht, Brendan (Barb) Olson, Christine (Owen) McCardle, Mike Olson, and Adam Shute; as well as his four great-grandchildren, Matthew Hadfield, Ashlyn Hadfield, Andrew Yusypchuk, and Henry McCardle. Ed was predeceased by Beatrice, his wife of sixty-one years, in 2003.
A Candlelight Memorial Service will be held at Southwood United Church (10690 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to “Friends of the Colonel Belcher Society”, 41 Bermondsey Crescent S.W., Calgary, AB T3K 1W1. The family wishes to send a special thank you to Deanne Eyres (supportive companion) and to the dedicated staff of the Strathcona House at the Colonel Belcher.
In living memory of Ed Shute, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences