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May-23-18
John, So long, and thanks for all the fish! It was great to have known you. We didnt agree on everything scientific, but i learnt a great deal from you and am forever grateful. I hope I made some sense to you occasionally. Cheers from Yorkshire, Chris Clark.
March-22-18
Jean and Family,
I first John when he gave a guest lecture to my senior undergraduate glacial geomorphology class - taught by Bruce Rains on Antarctic glaciers. So John is in part responsible for my love of Antarctica, (and the amount of money I spent to fulfil the dream of actually going there!)
In seriousness, I have known John partly through graduate school in the 1990s, but mostly as part of the Geography Family. I have such fond memories of spending time with him, either during the usual Friday afternoon Geography gatherings at the now-defunct Power Plant pub, or seeing him and Jean at various events around town, or as they warmly and graciously invited Geography Family members to their home.
My older brother James was taught by John, and my Father Jim, who was ran the Geography Department at Red Deer College in the 1970s interacted with John to align his courses with those at U of A. All of us have great memories and respect for John.
I will really miss John's warm nature and crazy sense of humour, as well as his mentorship. May all the great memories shared by folks bring some comfort to you. Peace.
March-21-18
Hello

I knew John from a few encounters in the field and at the GSC in Ottawa. It was always a pleasure to experience his engagement and passion for his science and the multifaceted approach to investigating a problem. The influence of his writing and perspectives had an overwhelmingly positive impact on my career and on my approach to science. I am eternally grateful for his influence.

Hazen Russell
Geological Survey of Canada
March-20-18
Dear Jean and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your family's loss. John will also be greatly missed by the community.
With our sincere sympathy,
Michele and Terry Veeman
March-20-18
It was back in the late 70s or early 80s that I had John as a Geography Prof at the U of A. I remember that he taught at a high level and demanded a lot of his students. Physical Geography was my keen interest in those days and John was one the many people who got me started off on the right foot. Now, after so many years, I can now claim 35 years of service to the provincial government in the field of water. Thank you, John!
March-20-18
Dear Jean and family,
Remembering Johns' mischievous smile on the squash court, and his kindness and friendship off the court.
Thinking of you in your loss, Jean, and hoping that the love of those around you will help you through the days ahead,
Diana
March-20-18
Dear Jean and family:
Your hearts are breaking now at John's loss. The sadness will always be there but he will live on in the happy memories of his grace and gentleness as a husband and Dad. Those of us who met him as a fine scientist, colleague, athlete and friend feel privileged for having known him
March-19-18
In his gifted achievement of excellence in both science and teaching, John forged a pathway for many remembering him. He was a courageous and impassioned scientist whose scholarly contributions benchmark a turning point in our understanding of the Canadian landscape. He was an extraordinary teacher forever remembered for the care and attention given to mentoring his students in the art and dance of critical thinking. These are profound and enduring legacies, and ones that we all carry forward. Be at peace John.
March-19-18
Very sad news for his many friends at the Geological Survey of Canada (Atlantic), in Dartmouth...To avoid confusion he was John Shaw (west) and I was John Shaw (east)!
March-18-18
John was great brother-in-law, uncle, and great uncle to our family. He was kind and funny and always welcomed our family into his home. Our children remember his stories about Geronimo in their basement who ate ice cubes as well as many hilarious games of hide and seek. Our grandchildren will probably not find another adult who spent as much time putting worms on hooks for their fishing adventures at St Andrews Lake. We had many great hiking and skiing trips with Jean and John and Ed looked forward to golfing with them when we were in Edmonton.
There are so many memories. Our thoughts are with Jean and their sons and families. Ed and Laura Frost

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