It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Shaw. John was the lead drummer in the Air Command Pipes and Drums for some years and after his retirement was active with other bands in the Ottawa valley. He also was very active as a drumming teacher. John will be missed by many. Our condolences to Johns family and friends.
Below is an obituary from Blair & Sons Funeral Home in Smiths Falls:
Shaw, John Robert Pilon, MWO, CD2 (1938 – 2011) Peacefully at home, at the age of 73, on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011, with his loving wife Kate and sister-in-law Joan by his side. John faced his illness with courage, determination and humour. Loving father of Heather (Jurgen) Laurie, Robert and Karalee (Marcel) and Grandfather of Tyler, Justin, Kiersten and Kaylee. Born and raised in Ottawa, his introduction to Pipe bands was following behind the wartime troops marching to the Ottawa train station. His early music career began with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, Pipe Band and the 2nd Canadian Guards, Pipe Band. His lifetime career as Drum Instructor for all the Militia and Regular forces, for the Canadian forces School of Music, which also included the Air Command Pipes and Drums, Rockcliffe, allowed him to travel across Canada, northern USA and much of Europe, making many lifetime friends along the way. After retiring he continued teaching and playing with area pipe bands, influencing and mentoring many future Canadian champions. During a trip to Comrie, Scotland, twin town of Carleton Place, Ontario, he met and ‘stole’ the love of his life Kate. He will be sadly missed by his faithful Border Collie “Dixie”, many friends, all his relatives in Scotland, especially his mother-in-law Ina. Predeceased by his parents Leslie and Gladys, sisters Marion and Mona and his daughter Janice. As per John’s instructions, funeral arrangements are private. In remembrance, contributions can be made to the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Research (The Ottawa Hospital Foundation).
A Celebration of John’s life will be held at the Barrhaven Legion at 3500 Fallowfield Road (The Beer Store mall across from the train station), Sunday December 4, 2011, from 18:00 to 22:00. All are welcome.