Ranald “Randy” Herbert Shaver
A resident of the Dunbar area, Ranald Shaver passed away suddenly at home on Sun., Oct. 16, 2011, with his wife of 48 years by his side. He was 69.
He was the cherished husband to Sharon (nee Montgomery). They had three wonderful daughters, Debbie, Shelley, and Valerie. He took great pride in their accomplishments, especially with their choice in mates: John Durant of Winchester, Benny Melenhorst of Mountain, and David Brown of Brockville. Ranny was blessed with six special grandchildren: Jarrett, Randi and Mitchell Melenhorst; Mason and Evan Durant; and Mackenzie Brown.
Ranny is also survived by his dear brother, Rick (Joanne) of Dunbar, his two amazing nephews, Danny (Monica) Shaver and Derek (Tracie) Shaver, his dear mother-in-law Doris Montgomery, brother-in-law Colonel (Sharon) Montgomery, and sisters-in-law Janie Connelly, Gloria (Ken) Summers, and Carol (Rod) Lafleur. He is predeceased by his parents, Reginald and Nellie (nee Presley) Shaver, grandparents, Herbert and Buelah Shaver, Aunt Evelyn (Ebby), and niece Kemberley.
Ranald was born on the 2nd Concession in Aultsville on June 7, 1942. With the coming of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project, the family was forced to relocate, losing their farm land to the Goose Sanctuary, Highway #2, the railway, and the 401. In 1955, the family moved to a farm west of Dunbar. Before the move, Ranny rode around in the big hydro trucks which were stationed on their property. It was then that he began dreaming of driving an 18 wheeler. At the age of 16, he started working at Morrisburg Dairy, until he realized his dream by driving a dump truck for Manlo Construction filling the Cardinal canal. From there, he went to work in Brockville for Cooney Haulage and Harold Smith and Sons, as well as other local companies. His last 18 years driving were for A.L. Blair Construction, where he took great pride in his job, and had a great respect for Art and Terry Blair. He loved joking with and listening to his truck driving buddies telling jokes and laughing on the C.B. and two ways. When not at work on the weekends, he would spend hours polishing his truck.
Ranny had a witty and quirky sense of humour, and liked to tease and play practical jokes.
He had a passion for the great outdoors. Every season Ranny did something he loved: construction work in the summer, moose and deer hunting in the fall, fox and coyote hunting in the winter, and fishing and planting his garden in the spring. Gardening and lawn care were his way of unwinding and relaxing after long hours of work, but hunting was his real passion.
During his younger years, Ranny enjoyed playing broomball. Over the last two years of his life, he had a new best buddy named Scooter. The two of them went for daily drives. Wherever Ran went, you would find his dog.
His door was always open to friends and family. He had many close friends particularly Bob, Wayne and Sheila, Janet and the late Rae Loucks, as well as brother Rick.
Ranny spent many hours socializing, playing games, and listening to old time country music. His favourite hockey team was the Montreal Canadiens, and over the last few years he looked forward to watching Nascar. His favourite Nascar drivers drove Ford.
Ranald was known by many names: Ranny, Randy, Ran, Dad, Grandpa, Monday, and then came Uncle Monday.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Wed., Oct. 19 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Thurs., Oct. 20 at 11 am, with Rev. Ian MacLean officiating. The interment was held at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The pallbearers were Danny Shaver, Derek Shaver, Aaron Wopat, Gordon McLaughlin, Jarrett Melenhorst, and Wayne McHaffie. The honourary pallbearers were Sheila McHaffie, Janet McCol, and Bob Lacelle.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.