June 13, 1949 – September 18, 2008
George Charles Bruce Shaw, a gentle man of great courage, lovingly joined his parents George and Beth, and his brother-in-law Kevin, on September 18, 2008. Bruce was born in Winnipeg and spent his childhood in Elm Creek, Manitoba. He attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BSc degree in Engineering (Geological) in 1973. Following graduation Bruce spent his first two years working for Amoco in Drayton Valley, Alberta. He then moved to Ottawa to work for the National Energy Board for six years and received his MSc degree in Geology from Carleton University in 1981. Wishing to return to Alberta in the fall of that year, he accepted employment with Petro-Canada in their Calgary office. Over the next twenty-five years, Bruce held several positions within the Upstream Division with most of his career spent in a planning role. His desire to be part of a project led to his assignment with the Terra Nova team in St. John’s, Newfoundland for a fulfilling six years. In September 2007, he was pleased to receive his Life Membership from APEGGA. Bruce enjoyed sailing on the B.C. coast, playing cards, giving surprise gifts, walking his Cairn terriers and picking up the dinner bill. Over the last two years he was able to create great memories with new and old friends in Victoria. Bruce will be dearly missed by his wife of seventeen years, Leslie Fisher-Shaw; mother and father-in-law Berta and Lawrie Fisher; aunts Mona and Betty Shaw; uncle Lorne Shaw; many cousins and their families; and his little four-legged pal Brady. Special thanks go to Dr. Bryan Cummings, Dr. Susan Kinnear, Dr. Scot Dowden, Dr. Alison Murray, Dr. Lyle Galloway and the wonderful staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre including those of the Intensive Palliative Care Unit No. 47 where Bruce spent his last six weeks. Their strong support during Bruce’s journey with pancreatic cancer is greatly appreciated by his family and friends. The Memorial Service will be held in Carman, Manitoba on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. in Doyle’s Funeral Chapel followed by interment in Elm Creek beside his parents. On Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 2 p.m., a Celebration of Bruce’s Life will be held at Parkdale United Church, 2919 – 8th Ave. NW, Calgary. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Intensive Palliative Care Unit No. 47 at the Foothills Medical Centre, 1403 – 29 St. NW, Calgary, T2N 2T9.