JR Shaw, founder and former CEO of Shaw communications, dies at 85


The founder of Shaw Communications and Corus Entertainment, and well known community philanthropist, JR Shaw, has died at the age of 85.

In a statement on Tuesday, Shaw Communications said its executive chair and former CEO died peacefully and would be remembered as a “true pioneer of Canadian business and a visionary of the Canadian telecommunications sector.”

“My family and I are at a loss for words and are deeply saddened at JR’s passing,” current CEO of Shaw Communications Brad Shaw said of his father in a statement.

“JR was the founder and leader of our company, but he was also an exceptional husband, a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. His legacy of love and compassion for people will live on for generations,” added Shaw.

The company went on to say JR focused his career on customers and ensuring they had exceptional service.

“He was a classic builder, an unbridled entrepreneur,” said Corus Entertainment CEO Doug Murphy in a statement to employees.

“He was genuine. He revelled in the success of others.“



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