JR Shaw is confirmed dead at the age of 85.
JR was best known as a Canadian telecommunications (Shaw Communications) and mass media executive (Corus Entertainment).
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Saddened by the loss of one of Alberta’s titans of business & philanthropy, JR Shaw. 1242589330046148609,2020-03-24 23:09:17 +0000,financialpost,Shaw Communications founder JR Shaw has died
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Shaw Communications founder JR Shaw dead at 85
Shaw Communications founder JR Shaw dies at age 85 /via @globeandmail
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Shaw Communications announces the death of founder JR Shaw
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JR Shaw

Born
James Robert Shaw

(1934-08-14) August 14, 1934 (age 85)
DiedMarch 23, 2020(2020-03-23) (aged 85)
NationalityCanadian
Alma materMichigan State University
OccupationBusinessman
ChildrenJim, Heather, Julie, and Bradley S. Shaw[1]
Parent(s)Lottie and Francis Shaw
JR Shaw OC AOE (born James Robert Shaw, August 14, 1934 - March 23, 2020) is a Canadian businessman. He founded then Edmonton-based Shaw Communications in 1966 and is the current executive chairman of the company. As of 2016, Shaw and other members of his family control 85 percent of the Class A voting shares of Corus Entertainment, and 80 per cent of the class A voting shares of Shaw Communications. Shaw sat on the board of directors of Suncor Energy from 2001 to 2007.
Contents
1 Personal life
1.1 Early years
2 Education
2.1 From Ontario to Edmonton
3 Honours
4 References
Personal life
Early years
JR Shaw was born in 1934 in Brigden, Ontario, the son of Lottie and Francis Shaw, and was raised on his family's farm with his siblings, Les, Bertha and Dolly. The Shaw business dynasty originated in rural Lambton County with Francis Shaw, originally from Kimball, who served in World War I. Francis inherited the family farm and his brother Joel inherited the grist mill. Lottie Shaw ran the farm, while Francis, an entrepreneur, slowly build a construction company that became a "major contractor involved in Camp Ipperwash" during World War II. Francis Shaw expanding his businesses into "ready-mix concrete, drive-in theatres, cable television", and a "pipe coating" company—and was an innovator in Ontario.
Education
After James Shaw earned his BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University, he worked for awhile for his father's pipe coating company.
From Ontario to Edmonton
He moved to Edmonton in 1961. He is the father of Jim, who was CEO of Shaw Communications until his retirement in 2011, and Bradley S. Shaw, current chief executive officer of Shaw Communications.
In 2002, Shaw legally changed his name from James Robert Shaw to JR Shaw.
Honours
According to the "History of Canadian Broadcasting", in 2002, in "recognition of his excellence in business and outstanding community involvement", JR Shaw was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2008, JR Shaw received the Alberta Order of Excellence.
He has received several honorary degrees, including ones from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.
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