John Shaw

John Robert Shaw

1941 - 2022

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NEW GLASGOW - John Robert Shaw, 81, New Glasgow, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away, November 20, 2022, in the Aberdeen Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, New Glasgow, surrounded by his loving family.


John was born in Wolfville, on Oct 13, 1941. He was the son of the late John Gordon Shaw and Rhoda Orella (Mawhinney) (Shaw) Paradis. John served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1961-1971 as a naval communicator. In 1972 he opened Shaw’s Sewing Centre in Greenwood, later opening a store in New Glasgow which he operated until 1985. Following, John was employed as a dispatcher with the New Glasgow Police Department for 22 years. He was an incredibly talented musician, affectionately known as “Fast Fingers” by many of his peers. John played lead guitar in several well-known bands on stage and in the recording studio throughout the years.  He was thrilled to play on the Grand Ole Opry stage with Jim and Don Haggart. Music was a part of John’s life that he enjoyed sharing with others. Family was the most important part of John's life. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending all their sporting events, music recitals and competitions. John and Diane enjoyed travelling and visited many countries over the years. They especially enjoyed their many trips to Mexico. He leaves a legacy of kindness, honesty, warm family memories and love.


Surviving are his best friend and loving wife of 60 years, Diane (Landry) Shaw; daughters, Kim (George) Goodman, New Glasgow; Heather (Frank) Johnston, Goodwood; brother, Matthew Shaw, British Columbia; grandchildren, Frank and Eric Johnston, and Miranda Goodman.


The family would like to thank Dr. Shivakurnar and nurse, Kaleigh of the Hematology Clinic, VG Site, QEII, the staff of the Pictou County Victorian Order of Nurses and Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and kindness. 


In honour of John’s wishes, his family will celebrate his life privately.


John lived with Type 1 diabetes for over 50 years, donations in his memory would be appreciated to Diabetes Canada.





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