It is with heavy hearts that the family of Shaun O’Connor-Parsons announces his passing on September 9, 2015 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Shaun is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Penny; daughters Leslie-Lou, Robin, Anthea (Sandy), Tansy (Adam) and son Smith. He was also the beloved grandfather (“Papa”) to Imogen, Lila and Max. Shaun was born in Dore, Sheffield, England on June 15, 1939 to parents Joan and Eric O’Connor-Parsons and is survived by his adored sister Sue (Morvin).
An alumnus of Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, Shaun lived and worked in India and Africa prior to settling in Canada in 1966. He embraced the Canadian winters by cultivating a lifelong passion for skiing in the majestic Rocky Mountains, a passion that he instilled in his children and grandchildren. During the summer months, Shaun could be found on the rugby field. A founding member of the Clansmen Rugby Club, Shaun loved everything about the sport – the camaraderie, the teamwork, the sportsmanship and the excitement - both on and off the field.
In addition to being a wonderful husband and a doting father, Shaun was a great friend and business associate to many who will miss his loyalty, charm and cheeky wit. May he rest in peace and may his joie de vivre live on in all of us.
Shaun’s family thanks the medical staff at the University of Alberta Hospital for their compassionate care and kindness during his illness. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Cross Cancer Institute.
There will be a celebration of Shaun’s life on Friday, September 18th (4-7pm) at Ellerslie Rugby Park.