Albert Joseph Shaw

March 31, 1923January 16, 2018
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Dr. Albert Joseph 'A.J.' Shaw

On Jan. 16, 2018, Albert, age 94, was called home by his Heavenly Father. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in the care of the exceptional staff of 6 West at the Veteran's Memorial Hospital in Halifax.

He was the son of the late Elias Richard and Christina (McKinnon) Shaw of Cape Breton and was predeceased by his son, Peter and his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Lillian Rose (Flemming). He is deeply missed by his children, Brian (Jane) of Ohio, Kathleen (Scott) Anderson of Halifax, Lorraine (Gordon) McKelvie of Halifax, Gregory (Dorothy) of California, Mike of Bermuda, Anne Marie (David) McLaughlin of Albany and Steven of Halifax. Albert was blessed with twenty-two grandchildren, Ryan (Rachel), Evan, Mark (Casey), Greg, Mary Anne, Laura (Jason), Thomas, Caitlin, Sean, Kelly, Gabriel, Joseph, Christopher, Katie, Christie (William), Jamie, Samantha, Joshua, Christa, Alexa, Mitchell, Jacob and two great-grandchildren, Jake and Theresa Rose.

Al grew up on the Mira family farm speaking Gaelic, and had fond memories of their close neighbors, the McPhee family. He was a veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and a graduate of St. Francis Xavier and Dalhousie Medical School. He was a steadfast family doctor in rural Cape Breton, and later became a founding member of the Victoria General Hospital Radiology Department, where he is remembered as an esteemed mentor and skilled practitioner. He was a gardener, an animal lover, an avid reader and a world traveler. His orchids were prize-winning, and his raspberries were the delight of those who pilfered them. Possessed of indefatigable curiosity to build and repair, he could be found under an engine, behind a saw blade or on a ladder, well past his eightieth birthday; his drive and intellect live on in his grateful descendants. True to his proud Scottish heritage, he was a model of dignity, poise and polish who met adversity with stoicism and strength. He cherished his family and his faith, and his generosity has reached well beyond this corner of the world. We hold his memory in our hearts.

Visitation will be at J. A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax on Wednesday January 24th, 2018 from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm. Funeral Mass will be said on Friday January 26th,10am at St. Agnes Church, 6903 Mumford Road, Halifax.

Donations in Al’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of NS. Condolences, memories and words of comfort may be shared at


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, January 24, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Reception Friday, January 26, 2018

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Manoj Vohra

March 16, 2018

To the family of the late Dr. Albert Shaw,

It is with deep regret that Doctors Nova Scotia received word of the recent passing of your family member, Dr. Albert Shaw. I know I speak for all of our members when I extend to your family the association’s sincerest sympathy.

Doctors Nova Scotia has made a contribution to the Memorial Fund for Nova Scotia Physicians in memory of Dr. Shaw. The fund was established in 1975 to honour the memory of its deceased members. The income from the memorial fund is used to support the education of students in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.
Sincere personal regrets,

Manoj Vohra
President, Doctors Nova Scotia

Marilyn Wilson

February 11, 2018

To all members of the Shaw Family:My condolences on the death of your father. Saw his obituary; while researching family info. on the Shaw-Campbell clan.May your wonderful memories of him & your mother, give you comfort. Marilyn Wilson

February 2, 2018

Dear Brian and Family
On behalf of the Department of Radiology at Dalhousie University, my sincere condolences on the passing of your father, Albert. As you know, Dr. Shaw came to the Department of Radiology when the number of staff radiologists totaled two; that number growing to 24 by his retirement. Albert played a major role in the development of radiology at the Victoria General. Many of the radiologists who have practiced in the Maritimes (and further afield) trained under your father, including you and I. It has been many years since his retirement but I will remember him, from my days as a resident, as a kind man who was always ready to lend guidance to a young trainee. I know family was very important to Albert and I am sure he will remain in your hearts forever.
Sincere Condolences.
Dr. David Barnes, Head, Department of Radiology, Dalhousie University

January 25, 2018

Dear LorrIne & Gordon,
What a remarkable person was your father. Sincere condolences to your entire family. I knew of him through my sister who,worked with him for many years and spoke of him with high regard.
May all the wonderful memories sustain you.
Sue Bolton

Deborah Thompson

January 23, 2018

Dear Shaw Family,
I would like to express my sympathy for your great loss. Dr Albert Shaw was one of my first teachers in radiology. I did an elective with him in second year medical school. Even though he was not certain that women should be in the role of a physician and radiologist (as was my father), he put those feelings aside and supported my path in medicine and ultimately I did train under him in radiology. We had many a lively debate and always with good nature. He was a good mentor and a fine teacher and a true professional. Later on, I came to know his son Brian as went through the same radiology program at Dalhousie university.

I am sorry for your loss and would just like to say how much I appreciated your Dad. He was a fine and kind man and shall always be remembered fondly by me.

January 23, 2018

To all members of the Shaw Family - My mother, Jean Morrison, was a long time friend of your Mom and Dad. She valued their friendship greatly and enjoyed the welcoming hospitality that was always present in your home. She had great respect for your Dad as a person and as a medical professional for his intelligence, skills and great kindness. I know he was much loved and widely respected by many and wanted to let you know that your family is in my thoughts. Deepest Sympathy, Irene Khattar (Sydney)

John Nolan

January 22, 2018

Dr. Shaw was one of the kindest people I have had the pleasure to meet. His regard and generosity for others was amazing.

I was very fortunate to be part of his extended family' growing up. He taught me a lot and he will be greatly missed by all, especially his loving family.
Fois dhut.

January 22, 2018

Dear Brian and Family,
My condolences on the death of you father.
Brian you sure look like your dad.
Dennis Mac Donald ( Former Vascular Unit, Aberdeen Hospital )

January 20, 2018

Dear Shaw Family,
We sincerely express our condolences in the passing of a truly wonderful
friend and neighbour who always welcomed us into the Shaw home!
To all the family, we know Al will be missed but never forgotten.
Sending love and peace to you all.
Corinne and Charlie O'Reilly

Michael Spearns

January 19, 2018

To all members of the Shaw family;

Pam & I wish to express our sincere condolence on the passing of your Dad.

We always loved visiting your Mom & Dad at the family home, and we were always received as if we were family members. Your Mom & Dad always had an open door , and a warm welcome to anyone coming to visit.

I will never forget your Mom's scalding hot tea, and your Dad's amazing talents .

It is rare to meet a man who was as diverse as A.J.

Doctor Shaw was a well respected radiologist , who served his community for many decades .

What amazed me was not just his medical skills , but his skill, knowledge and ability to fix just about anything . I had many discussions with him regarding V W Bugs, and MG cars, and of course Police cars and motorcycles .

Your Mom & Dad were a great couple, who raised amazing children .

We were blessed to have known them and had them in our lives

God's best

Pam & Mike ( AKA " Spearnsie " )