Eva Mary Shaw 1920 ~ 2009

Eva Mary SHAW (nee MIDAN) passed-away peacefully in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Friday morning, February 20, 2009, at the age of 88. She was a life-long resident of the Nanaimo and Gabriola Island area.

Eva was the wife of Thomas Richard Shaw, originally of Chase River, for 47-years, until his passing in 1993. The couple owned the Motave Restaurant (Tom and Eva spelled backwards) in downtown Nanaimo from 1947-1960 and the Grande Hotel on Gabriola Island from 1962-1987.

In her early years she worked at the Plaza Hotel (now Dorchester) and aboard the Princess Marguerite ferry.

She was an avid gambler and loved horse racing, bingo and slot machines. Eva was born in Ladysmith on May 3, 1920 to Anthony Midan and Barosky (nee Vedorich), originally of Austria, and grew-up on the family farm in South Wellington.

Anthony and Barosky had seven children; Alex, John, George, Bill, Anne, Olga and Eva (who was the youngest). All have now departed.

Eva is survived by her son Kevan Thomas Shaw, her daughter Tamala Eva Gunnell and her husband Paul, and their three children (Eva’s grandchildren) Sterling, Steele and Jade.

She was a loving, kind and caring woman, friend, mother and grandmother. Eva will be deeply missed but now is in the comfort of her husband, parents, brothers and sisters. We love you!

A graveside service will be held for Eva Mary Shaw at the Nanaimo City Cemetery on Bowen Road, across from Bowen Park, at 2pm this Friday, February 27 with a get-together to follow immediately at the Bowen Park Complex, across the road. All that ever knew Eva are invited to attend.

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