Jiun Edward Shigematsu of Red Deer, Alberta, passed away at the Red Deer Hospital on Sunday, July 30, 2023 at the age of 78 years.
Shig was born in Raymond Alberta in 1945. He grew up there and enjoyed playing basketball in school. After a brief stint at Mount Royal, he began his career in the oil and gas industry working for B/A on a survey crew. From there he began working as an operator at the Nevis Gas Plant, completed his Class 2 Steam Engineer ticket and partially the Class 1. Eventually he went into management. In 1995, he was transferred to Grande Prairie with Greywolf Petroleum, then back to Red Deer in 1998 for APF Energy until his retirement in 2005. Throughout his years of work, he met numerous people and gained many friendships. He was well respected and liked.
He was very involved in the community of Stettler, coached Jennifer’s ball and took every opportunity to get out fishing. He enjoyed many years of curling and bonspiels. Over the years he played slo-pitch and was the team pitcher. After playing slo-pitch, Carleen & Shig took golf lessons which became a passion for both. They traveled and golfed western Canada and the southern states for 20 years. Sadly, he found his aches and pains made golfing hard for him so we sold our lot at Coyote Creek Golf Resort.
Shig was interested in all sports and watched them on tv. He was particularly happy to be Mikalyn’s #1 fan attending her ball games. Grandpa was also very good at chauffeuring Mikalyn around as needed to school or practices.
Shig had a love for good food and was equally an amazing cook. He enjoyed cooking the turkey and fixings most years for family Christmas’. His stew was a favorite and Mike and Jen were able to enjoy it often.
Shig will be eternally loved and missed by his wife Carleen; daughter Jennifer Shigematsu; son-in-law Mike Wallace; and granddaughter Mikalyn Wallace; as well as by his sisters Lucy Yamazaki and Shirley Shigematsu. He will also be lovingly remembered by the Hancik family siblings and his numerous nieces and nephews along with their children. Shig was predeceased by his parents Yuriko and Steve Shigematsu as well as his brother-in-law Roy Yamazaki.
The family will hold a small private celebration of life. Memorial donations may be made to the Red Deer Regional Hospital, Red Deer Meals on Wheels or The Lending Cupboard. Condolences to Shig’s family may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Shigematsu” in the subject line.
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