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SHKIMBA o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-08-17 published
Ann Margaret " Nan" SHKIMBA
By Margaret SHKIMBA, Wednesday, August 17, 2005, Page A20
Mother, grandmother. Born June 10, 1929, in Scotland. Died January 17, in Hamilton, Ontario, of complications following heart surgery, aged 75.
Ann Margaret (Nan) CASWELL came to Canada in 1954: a young Scottish nurse looking for adventure in the northern wilds of Alberta. Her first posting was in Viking, Alberta., a tiny town hidden in the frozen bush. She learned how to curl, drive a car, and was introduced to hockey. She stayed there a year before moving to Hamilton and beginning the rest of her life.
She met my father, Mike SHKIMBA, at a New Year's Eve party that he had crashed with a friend. When I asked her, as I did when I was younger, why did you marry dad? She'd say simply, I believed I could trust him. She was right in her belief. They were married on July 27, 1957, and last year celebrated 47 years of marriage.
My brother, Michael, came within the first year. Pregnant with me when she learned of her father's impending death, she travelled to Scotland with my brother in tow and I was born in my grandmother's house. A couple of years later, Peter popped up. (She confided to me that she had always felt worry with Peter, a prescient foreboding of something undefinable. Her strength at his death when he was 17 was an example to us all.) Mary was born two years after Peter, and there we were, a perfect family: two boys, two girls, all under 6.
Nan trained as a midwife in Scotland, but couldn't work as one in Canada. She worked in maternity care, although later in her career her attention focused on the elderly. She believed the very young and the very old needed care most. For the rest of us, it was buck up, take your medicine and stop complaining.
Her stories of being a young nurse in a foreign land inspired my academic pursuits and she contributed willingly to my historical research. Her presence, just outside my door while I typed up my thesis, had her ready to clarify a point or add further detail. Our discussions concerning nursing uniforms and the correct way to pin an apron often led to memories of designer dresses and high-heeled shoes, two passions she gave up as impractical after her children were born.
She missed her family in Scotland; hers was a close family. She had grown up in poverty, 11 people to two rooms. We were lucky to have known them so well, living so far away. Each summer we welcomed a travelling relative. It meant switching sleeping arrangements, but there were no complaints allowed. She often gave up her own bed to enhance the comfort of her guests.
When her first grandchild was born, she flew out to Calgary to be with me for a month after her birth. She did the all the housekeeping and cuddled as much as she could with Rachel before she went back. With her being an immigrant and without extended family in Canada, I wanted my children to know their extended family. So we moved back to Hamilton when Rachel was 3, to the unending joy of my mother. She welcomed with love the birth of all eight of her grandchildren and she called regularly to remind me of their birthdays and their special occasions.
My mother gave me many things. She taught me to cook and clean, sew and knit. She taught me to read and tie my shoes and she was always interested in anything that I wrote. She believed in my dreams and encouraged all my efforts. She taught me to take pride in my achievements and never doubted my ability. She showed me the many sides of any argument and the dangers of thinking with a narrow mind. She taught me tolerance and the value of temperance. She lived an example of truth and love.
If I can be half the person my mother was, I'll be a fine person, indeed.
Margaret SHKIMBA is Ann's daughter.

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SHKUT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-05-21 published
SHKUT, Alexander M. (February 14, 1940-May 17, 2005)
Passed away peacefully at Mississauga Trillium Hospital on Tuesday May 17, 2005, age 65 years, after a 3 month battle with cancer. Beloved husband to Sally (née GRACEFFO.) Loving father to Jim and his wife Lisa of Whitby, Ontario, Michael and his wife Mary-Grace of Charlotte, North Carolina, and youngest son Paul of Los Angeles, California. World's Best Grandfather to Katie, Mitchell, Sera-Marie and Ethan. Survived by his mother Anne (96 years) of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his father Aleksander and his in-laws Eva and James GRACEFFO. He will be sadly missed by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Valerie and Murray STRONG, along with his nephews David and Ken, niece Lauren and their families. In his career Al was President of Russelsteel and Vice-President, Eastern Canada of EMCO Corporation. Throughout his illness, Al inspired all of us with his unwavering strength, his devotion to his family and his love of life. He will be sadly missed, but his presence will be with us always. At Al's request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his life will be held at St. Stephen's-on-the-Hill United Church, 998 Indian Road, Mississauga at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th. The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Michael KING and nurses, Carol and Judy, for their wonderful care and the caring staff at the Mississauga Trillium Oncology Clinic. For those who wish, donations may be made to Mississauga Trillium Hospital c/o Oncology Clinic, 100 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1B8.

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SHKUT o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-05-21 published
SHKUT, Alexander M. (February 14, 1940-May 17, 2005)
Passed away peacefully, at Mississauga Trillium Hospital, on Tuesday, May 17, 2005, age 65 years, after a 3 month battle with cancer. Beloved husband to Sally (née GRACEFFO.) Loving father to Jim and his wife Lisa of Whitby, Ontario, Michael and his wife Mary-Grace of Charlotte, North Carolina, and youngest son Paul of Los Angeles, California. World's Best Grandfather to Katie, Mitchell, Sera-Marie and Ethan. Survived by his mother Anne (96 years) of Winnipeg. Predeceased by his father Aleksander and his in-laws Eva and James GRACEFFO. He will be sadly missed by his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Valerie and Murray STRONG, along with his nephews David and Ken, niece Lauren and their families. In his career Al was President of Russelsteel and Vice-President, Eastern Canada of EMCO Corporation. Throughout his illness, Al inspired all of us with his unwavering strength, his devotion to his family and his love of life. He will be sadly missed, but his presence will be with us always. At Al's request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of his life will be held at St. Stephen's-on-the-Hill United Church, 998 Indian Road, Mississauga, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th. The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Michael King and nurses, Carol and Judy, for their wonderful care and the caring staff at the Mississauga Trillium Oncology Clinic. For those who wish, donations may be made to Mississauga Trillium Hospital c/o Oncology Clinic, 100 Queensway West, Mississauga, Ontario, L5B 1B8.

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