Rigby Shaw - Lt. Commander R.C.N.R.
Eric Rigby Shaw, born in Rochester, New York, U.S.A., while parents were
travelling from Liverpool, England to a new home in Port Hope, Ontario
on April 24, 1909. He attended Malvern High School in Toronto and moved
to Vancouver in 1925. Went to sea in the Merchant Navy as a cadet, February
28, 1926, in the Canadian Government Merchant Marine and obtained a Master
Mariner's certificate in 1936. Transferred to Canadian Pacific passenger
liners in 1937. Married Mary Honora Hooper September 2, 1939, as war broke
out and became a gunnery officer on the RMS Empress of Asia. Then transferred
to H.M.C.S. Naden for special training. He was subsequently commanding
officer of ships H.M.C.S. Cartier, Melville, New Waterford and Nene. He
has one son, Kenneth Lee Shaw, twin grandsons, Stephen and Craig 20, air
pilots in training and one granddaughter, Joelle 23, a geologist and geophysicist.
When the war ended, Eric resumed his career in the merchant navy with
Canadian Pacific, and when Pacific service was discontinued in 1956, he
changed careers to the Civil Service in the Post Office at Vancouver B.C.
Eric retired from the Civil Service in 1974 at age 65 and became verger,
caretaker at St. John's church North Vancouver. His first wife Mary died
January 12, 1984. He married Ruth Harper June 22, 1985 and attended the
first reunion of the Nene in Belleville, where Ruth has one sister living.