Alexander (Sandy) Collie Shaw

With great sadness, the family of Sandy Shaw announces his sudden and untimely passing, at the age of 65. Sandy collapsed on Thursday September 10th, while hiking with the Nanaimo Tuesday Hikers on the Garibaldi Lake Trail near Whistler. Despite all efforts by both friends and paramedics, he sadly could not be revived. We are thankful that, although much too soon, he did not suffer and died in such a beautiful place, doing something he loved so much.

He is grieved by Alison, his wife of 41 years, daughters Kirsty, Fiona and Megan and their partners Max Furuness, Ben Zuckerman and Andrew Pilliar. He was a special grand-dad to Alexandra Furuness (3), Lucas (4) and Felix Zuckerman (1). He is survived in Scotland by his mother Isabel, sister Anne and brother John.

Sandy will be sadly missed by family and friends in Scotland, New Zealand and Canada: around Nanaimo, by Departure Bay neighbours, members of: the Tuesday and Thursday hikers, Nanaimo Scottish Country Dancers and co-workers at Harmac. He helped out wherever he could for friends, family and organizations such as N.A.L.T. and the Nanaimo Field Naturalists. He was quick with a joke and a helping hand and lived each moment to its fullest, particularly with Alison in the last five years of their retirement.

A celebration of life will be held At Oliver Woods Community Centre on Friday September 18th from 1:30-4:00 pm. Donations may be made in Sandy’s memory to the Nanaimo Area Land Trust, #8 140 Wallace St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 5B1, by phone at (250) 714 1990 or online at

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