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James "Ian" Shouldice


November 23, 1945

Toronto, Ontario


August 6, 2022

Sarnia, Ontario


Shouldice, James Ian
(August 6, 2022) Died peacefully at home with his life partner, Barb Swanson, at his side after living a full life, which was cut too short as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. Ian was predeceased by his parents, Herm and Isobel (Hay); he leaves behind his son, Jim (Linda); his daughter, Xena (Jay), his brother Randy, 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Ian, as he was always known, was born on November 23, 1945 in Toronto. As a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow, Ian travelled extensively throughout his life, encouraging and promoting the Rotary’s student exchange program. Despite his many travels, Sarnia was home. His deep knowledge of the people and places of Sarnia is a testament to the strong relationships he built across the city. This, and his life-long curiosity, dedication, loyalty, good nature, and good humour ensured Ian’s success in many occupations, including as a teacher (trained at Wayne State), as a pantryman for CN Rail, long-haul trucker, school bus driver, insurance adjuster, taxi driver and owner, driving instructor, and industrial valve salesman – retiring from Floval, where he was known as the Great Shouldini. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker is apt to describe Ian’s diverse career, particularly given that he grew up in his Dad’s bakery. He brought his travels home, generously gifting guests with Huevos Rancheros, or other Mexican specialties. Ian’s generosity was always felt by friends and family, including his close network of friends at the Sarnia Lawn Bowling Club, the Scrabble Club at the Strangway Centre, where he was a founding member, and among his friends at bocce. While he triumphed consistently at backgammon, habitually throwing double sixes for the win, it was at Scrabble that Ian crushed, vanquished, outwitted, mastered, thrashed, quashed and quelled his opposition (with the Q on a triple letter score, of course). He did so with such grace, and with his customary sly grin, that you thanked him for the drubbing. His love for and mastery of words was second to none. Over his life, Ian’s friendships were strengthened over thousands of meals, drinks, and often both. Tipping a beer on a Friday afternoon with Ron Thurier was a staple each week, particularly (though not exclusively!) upon retirement. He most enjoyed spending an evening out with his partner, Barb. Date nights typically began with a large bouquet of flowers for no other celebration than life itself. Ian was a thoughtful and caring gentleman to his last breath. A staple in the city of Sarnia, it feels as though Ian has always been a part of Barb and the Egan family’s life. No one can quite remember a time without him, and why would anyone want to? The family would like to send love and thanks to Ian’s family Doctor of more than 50 years, Dr. Chris Greensmith, who ensured Ian’s last days were faced with dignity, and the comfort and familiarity of home. Thanks too to Dr. Mandar Jog, Ian’s neurologist at London’s University Hospital. Having Ian home at the end of his life meant the world to him, to Barb, his family, and friends. The attention and care of all who supported Ian, including his Doctors, PSWs, nurses, the Parkinson Society, and individuals like Ryan Cann who helped the family navigate this difficult road. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Ian’s life can contribute to the Parkinson’s Walk, which Ian and his family participated in each year in September. Barb and many of Ian’s friends will participate in the walk again this year in Ian’s memory. If you are able, please plan to join us. Learn more and consider making a donation by searching 2022 Sarnia-Lambton Walk for Parkinson's. Remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family online in “Ian’s Guestbook” at

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Lakeview Cemetery


Cheques only please,
will be received at the funeral home


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Heartful sympathy to you Barb and family, he had one of the best companion;s he could ask for, Always happy to see him out and about, will miss him. Very sad news.
mary lou nickels

Please accept my Condolences. As the inside guy for Sarnia, I did have regular chats with Ian. I looked forward to my various trips to Sarnia and spend quality time with him. I did learn a lot from him and will remember him always. Like we hindus say...Om Shanti Ian. May your soul attain eternal bliss.

Our condolences to Shouldice Family
Ric Pyper

Fred, Ken and Bonnie and family - so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Dave, Judy Clark and family

Randy, Barb and Family: We were so sorry to hear about Ian's passing. The write up for Ian was beautifully done. We knew that Ian was a special guy, but we had not realized the extent of his successes, contributions and community involvement. He will be missed by many.
Ben & Billee-Jean MacLay

Xena & Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You were an amazing daughter Xena. Sending all my love during this time.. Mandy & Family
Mandy Kilner

To Barb and family..I was so sorry to read of Ian's passing. I enjoyed dealing with Ian during his years as a valve salesman in the Chemical Valley. He was a respected source of information and someone I was glad to call a friend. May you take comfort in the many memories you have of Ian. Sincerly Ian LeConte
Ian LeConte

Barbara and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Ian's passing. Please know we are thinking of you. (One Stop)
Sharon, David, Allan

What a wonderful tribute. So very sorry to read of your loss Barb and family. With deepest sympathy- Frances
Frances ( Walsh) Gillis

It was a pleasure knowing Ian. We had lots of laughs at lawn bowling when Ian was there. He will be remembered. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
Dave and Sylvia Moffitt

Barb & Family, we are so sorry to hear about Ian's passing. We will miss him and his warm smile. He was a whiz at Scrabble and his opponents respected him. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Shelley Kern

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