Ona Emily Shaw


It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our Mother and Grandmother, Ona Shaw. Ona passed peacefully on July 21, 2019, in Edmonton at the age of 89.

Ona was predeceased by her husband, John, in 2006. She is survived by her adult children, Fiona, Alan, and Andrew; daughters-in-law, Julie and Sandy; and grandchildren, Caitlin, Georgia, and Braeden. She enjoyed being Grandma to her Australian family, Kasharny, Madison, and Luke. Left to mourn is her “heart sister” and life-long best friend, Hutzi.

Born in Scotland and raised in the city of Glasgow, Ona met her future husband, John Alexander Magill Shaw, while working as a pharmacy assistant. They began their family life in Scotland and later moved to John’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Here, Ona became part of the Shaw “clan,” a time of great joy for her. Especially dear to her heart was John’s younger sister, Martha.

In 1967, the family immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ona embraced her new country. She was an active community volunteer. Passionate about tennis, she developed enduring friendships while a member of the Wildwood Tennis Club.

In 2016, Ona moved to Edmonton to be closer to family.  She enjoyed several years of independence at the Rosedale seniors’ living residence. When her health declined, the Rosedale staff cared and supported her, for which the family will be forever grateful.

Cremation has taken place at Serenity Funeral Service in Edmonton. Messages to family can be left on Ona’s memorial page at serenity.ca.

A celebration of life will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ona’s name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

“When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little but not too long,

and not with your head held low,

Remember the love that we once shared,

Miss me but let me go” 


Miss me but let me go by Christina Rossetti

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Mervyn and Martha Mcconnell

It is so difficult to find words to say goodbye to a dear sister who was so loved. And to express the sadness of parting. But we are so thankful for such precious memories of laughter and fun over many years , even though far apart at times. A line from a poem says “ we are never apart as long as you keep me alive in your heart” To Fiona Alan and Andrew and family, Mervyn and I send our deepest sympathy and lasting love- now and in the future.

Penny & Bill Rannard

Bill and I want to send Ona’s family our thoughts and we are sorry that you have lost your precious Mom and Grandma. Ona’s wonderful sense of humour was really special. Penny & Bill Rannard

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