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Joseph Shaheen

Joseph Philip Shaheen

Monday, March 28th, 1938 - Saturday, October 26th, 2019
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Obituary

Joseph (Joe) Philip Shaheen passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday, October 26, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at his home in Burlington, Ontario. Beloved and devoted husband to Ellen (nee Doyle) for 60 years, father and hero to Joanne (pre-deceased August 31, 2018), Deborah, Heather, Paul and daughter in law Denise (nee Jackson). Cherished grandfather and champion to Jamie, Cody, Luke, Jessie, Samantha, Jordan, Cole, Joseph, and great-grandfather to Aiden. Youngest brother to Tom, Ike, Lou, Mary, Peter, Alice, Stella, Martha, and uncle to many much-loved nephews and nieces in Nova Scotia, where he spent his first 21 years.

Just days after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Francis Xavier University, Joe and Ellen married and flew west to Brockville, Ontario after Joe accepted a job offer in the accounting department at DuPont Canada. It wasn’t long before this charismatic rising star was head hunted by Merck Pharmaceuticals and Joe began his career in sales and executive management. This brought a move to Ottawa, where Joe and Ellen would spend the next 12 years raising their family, and where Joe would lay the foundation for a highly celebrated 35 year career in the pharmaceutical industry. His positions leading and training teams throughout North America would take the family to Quebec and Ontario, where they made dear and lifelong friendships. Joe was passionate about training and development, in and outside of corporate life, and his sarcastic and ‘punny’ sense of humor would make his many speeches unique and memorable. Any conversation with Joe left you feeling better about yourself and feeling stronger and more capable than you’d thought possible – most often without you knowing why!

As devoted as Joe was to his career, he was even more devoted to his family. It didn’t matter if he was on stage presenting to hundreds or sitting in a boardroom in Europe – the directive was, if Ellen or his kids called, put them through. This dedication to his family made the decision to retire at the peak of his career an easy one – at age 58, Joe left Merck to enjoy time with his family in Burlington. Joe would enlist his entrepreneurial spirit to work alongside his son Paul for the next 20 years at Burlington Krown Rust Control. At Krown, he enjoyed working on developing the business behind the scenes, while often seeking out conversations and ways to lighten the time for waiting customers.

Joe was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching any good game, but he especially loved his hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. Joe and Ellen also spent more hours than we can count cheering from the stands at local rinks, soccer fields, ball diamonds, and from the audience at dance recitals and graduations, always present to celebrate their children and grandchildren’s individual successes and milestones.

Joe was a competitor – he and Paul formed the Krown Rust Control bowling team in 1989 and would hit the lanes weekly for 30 years at Roseland bowl. He enlisted family and friends to participate in countless games of ladder ball and lawn darts at the family cottage in Rondeau Provincial Park. He hoisted the winning trophy multiple times at the annual horseshoe tournament, the Bigshoot Classic – and with a grin, would display it on the kitchen table through the next family dinner. He always had a trip to the casino planned with Ellen, Marg and Carl, and Denise made certain he got there whenever he felt up to it over the past year.

Joseph will be deeply missed by many family and friends but will live on in our hearts forever.

Friends may visit at Smith's Funeral Home (1167 Guelph Line, Burlington) on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 3-5 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul The Apostle Roman Catholic Church (2265 Headon Road, Burlington) at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 7, 2019.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    Address
    1167 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7P 2S7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Smith's Funeral Home - Guelph Line
    Address
    1167 Guelph Line
    BURLINGTON, ON L7P 2S7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Thursday, November 7th, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    St. Paul The Apostle Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    2265 Headon Rd
    BURLINGTON, ON
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Greenwood Cemetery
    Address
    1030 Greenwood Dr.
    BURLINGTON, ON
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    The family welcomes you to go directly to the reception after the church service. They will join you shortly following a private ceremony at the cemetery.
  • Reception

    Location
    St. Paul The Apostle Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    2265 Headon Rd
    BURLINGTON, ON
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    Location of reception to be announced following the Funeral Mass. Maps will be provided.

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CHERYL MARTIN

Posted at 08:34am
As I say Good Bye to you today, I remember when we first said Hello. You have made a huge impact on ours , Doug and myself, lives and we will be forever grateful. Your wit, your charm, your generosity, and love for family and friends. We have spent a lot of amazing times together over the years, at the cottage, your pool, your house for dinners. You were always interested in Our family, and it was so easy to call you Dad. We can't thank you enough for all you have added to our lives, and we will miss you terribly. We will take good care of mum, and hope you are at peace now. Sending you much love, to you and your family. God Bless you Dad Joe. We love you! Doug & Cheryl
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Diane Nemer

Posted at 11:42am
I was very saddened to hear of Joe's passing. As with many others, Joe was a supportive mentor to me at a critical time in my career and I will always be grateful to him for that. My memory of Joe was his natural leadership ability, relaxed demeanor and good nature, which made him so pleasant to work for and be around. My sympathies go out to his family, wishing them courage at this time of grief. May his memory be eternal.
Diane Nemer, Kirkland, Quebec

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Brandi McDonough

Posted at 11:51am
So much love and light to the Shaheen family during this difficult time. While I didn’t know Joe for years and years, he’s made a lasting, incredible impression that I will carry with me always. Rest easy, Granddad 💜
GS

Gary Smurthwaite

Posted at 12:00pm
Our condolences, Joe was such a character. He had me in stitches many times with his dry sense of humour. I want to send our sympathies to the family, and I know with each others support life will slowly go on. Gone but never forgotten, he will live on in many hearts and minds.

Sincerely,

Kim and Gary Smurthwaite
ES

Ed & Mary Smurthwaite

Posted at 09:54am
Where do we begin? First we want to tell Ellen & her whole family that our thoughts are there with them. We wish there were some magic words to take the hurt away but we know all too well that there aren’t any. We wish for strength for all of you & for the courage to face what lies ahead. Look at people who have come through what you are experiencing now & know that there will be better days eventually. Ellen, we have known you, Joe & your family for 45 years so we have many great memories & stories which we were fortunate enough to be able to relive with you & Joe during his illness. Joe kept his famous sense of humour right up to the end. We had many laughs & he made it easy to reminisce & to talk about what was happening. He never made it a sad event. Out family loved you guys & whenever they knew Joe & Ellen were coming to our place, they would show up. The Shaheens are a strong family & I know they will all work together through this horrible time. Joe was so lucky to have you as his caregiver Ellen & his family who have stuck together & supported him. Just want to let you know that we are here for all of you & we will miss Joe immensely & will certainly never forget him.

Ed & Mary Smurthwaite
 
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Julie Mizzoni Posted at 08:38pm

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Joe. May all the wonderful memories you have of Joe, comfort you at this sad time. Vince and Julie Mizzoni
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