In 2019, Shaun was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma. Despite the seriousness of the disease, Shaun was a man “who did not go gently into the good night.” He accepted the diagnosis with dignity. Having a logical and realistic disposition, he read everything he could about his disease including recent articles in scientific journals. Throughout the past two years, he rarely complained and retained his wonderful sense of humor.

Shaun was guided by a belief in Carpe Diem or seize the day. Rather than letting fear and anxiety monopolize his remaining life, he spent much of his remaining time planning future visits to friends and family as well as planning home automation projects. Shaun was a geek. Even while struggling with fatigue, he built a video arcade from scratch to enable him to play video games of his youth. He purchased a 3-D printer to build plastic cases for the electronic innards for a whole series of home automation projects that he planned to complete. He installed dash-cams. Although many of his planned projects remain unfinished, Shaun believed that planning the journey was just as important as reaching the destination.

Emily and Maddie remember Shaun as a loving and funny dad who never did anything half-hearted. During the pandemic, when he was a participant in Zoom calls, what did he buy? A full-on green background screen. When Murphy, the pup, had an injured nail, what was Shaun’s solution? Puppy boots. When he wanted fresh pizza, and franchise pizza didn’t come up to his standards, he bought and used a pizza oven. When Madeline’s soccer team was playing its final game to be eligible for the provincial championships, he made a banner for the team AND flags for the parents to wave. Life with Shaun was never boring!

Shaun is greatly missed by his wife of 27 years, Tiffany Irwin, daughters Emily Hope-Irwin and Madeline Hope-Irwin; parents Jack and Charlene Hope; sister Kim Hope, brother-in-law Kent Kammermayer, nephew Barrett Kammermayer; sister-in-law Chelsea Irwin, brother-in-law Richard Watts, nephews Harry Irwin-Watts and Magnus Irwin-Watts; mother-in-law Lorie Irwin and father-in-law Marty Irwin; brother-in-law Etienne Irwin; his long-time best friend Darin Curie, his friend Taner Yildrim, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Shaun was born in Vancouver but moved to Saskatoon when his father accepted a position at the University of Saskatchewan in 1972. Shaun attended elementary and high school in Saskatoon and later graduated in 1991 with a B. Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Saskatchewan.

Shaun worked for several technology companies in Calgary, Ottawa and Victoria, and his final position was Director, Global Software Integration, Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services (ESS) located in Saanichton. His colleagues at Schneider remarked that it was a pleasure to work with Shaun. He was always caring and kind. He’d shake their hands and ask how they were. He had a slightly wacky but self-deprecating sense of humor. They believed Shaun had a very positive impact on the company.

Shaun loved being a father and some of his happiest moments were spent with Madeline and Emily. He was a proud soccer dad and, even when he felt ill, he would attend their games and cheer loudly from the sidelines.

He loved to cook. His family has many wonderful memories of sitting at the dinner table eating one of his amazing meals. Tiffany will miss “Date Night” with Shaun – eating a meal that took all day to prepare and their planning of the next adventure together.

Our family would like to thank Shaun’s friends, relatives and co-workers for their thoughts, email messages, posts on Shaun’s CaringBridge site, phone calls, and prayers. Over the past two years, our family learned how many people loved and respected Shaun. He was a wonderful son, devoted brother, loving husband, faithful friend, dependable co-worker, goofy uncle, and the best father one could wish for. He was a gem of a man.

Our family would also like to thank Dr. Nick Beatty, the hospital physician and family friend, who attended to the needs of Shaun at Victoria General Hospital and the compassionate nurses in ward North 6C.

A memorial service will be held later when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

Please consider donating in Shaun’s memory to a fundraiser for the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. The link is shown below:

Fundraiser by Emily Hope-Irwin: In Memory of Shaun (gofundme.com)

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallgardens.com

  • Jennifer Stewart

    Tiffany and family, please accept our deepest condolences. We were all so sorry to hear of Shaun’s passing. So young and gone far too soon. May your memories bring you comfort and some peace.
    Big hugs, Jenny and Matthew stewart

  • Vaughn Anderson

    Tiffany and family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Shaun was the heart and soul of the Aden Bowman pep band during high school; it sounds like he continued to find the fun in whatever endeavor he tried!

  • Sarah (Floyd) Fox

    Condolences to Tiffany, to their daughters, and to Shaun’s family. I remember him as always having a smile upon his face. My memories of him be a blessing to you and to all who knew him.

  • Bronwyn Eyre

    Tiffany and family,
    My deepest sympathies. It was a great shock to hear about Shaun, who was clearly such a dynamic, talented, and loving family man. A tragic loss, when he had so much yet to give.

  • Mike & Carlene

    Tiff & Family,

    Carlene and I, and all the Saturday night crew pass on our condolences. Love and prayers to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Wayne and Sigrid Eyre

    Tiffany, Jack and Charlene, Kim, and family: Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the untimely passing of Shaun. He was a fine young man.

  • Corey Coyle

    I am sorry for the loss of Shaun. As I write this part of me still does not believe what I know to be true. What a well lived life except for the TR 7. The World needs more Shaun’s not less. I liked him very much. Tiffany and family we are still here for you. Time will take away the pain. I wish I new the words to do that now but no one does.

  • Lisa Little

    Tiffany, Emily and Maddie,

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Shaun was a beautiful soul with an amazing positive spirit. I can call him my oldest friend as we were only babies when we met. I have many treasured memories of him from my childhood and teen years. From a young age I could see glimpses of the man he would become. I will always remember him as the incredibly gifted, funny and kind person I was fortunate enough to have known in my younger years. I know I’m speaking for so many of the lives he touched that we are all richer for having known him. Rest In Peace, dear friend.

  • Carol Bremner

    This is such a lovely tribute to Shaun. I recall the brilliant metallic green car Shaun brought back from California. Another one of his projects?

    My love and thoughts are for you Tiff and for Emily and Maddie.

  • David Coyle

    Both Shaun and Tiff are significant role models for my wife and I as parents. The example he set as a person continues to inspire me. I’ll miss him greatly but his memory lives on. Deepest condolences to Tiff and the girls.

  • Nicki Armstrong

    Tiffany, Emily, and Maddie, you know how much we love you and miss Shaun. I will always remember Shaun for his “joie de vivre” and many happy and delicious family meals at your house, Mom and Bob’s in Calgary and Sooke, and on the sailboat when you came sailing with us the summer I was 13. He was a gem of a man; thank you for sharing him with us.

  • Stephanie Parker

    Shaun’s love, compassion and generous ways will continue on through you Tiffany, and through his precious Emily and Maddie ❤️❤️❤️. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve never met anyone quite like Shaun Hope! One of my greatest and fondest memories is from dinner at your place and how he did it I’ll never know, but he BBQ’d my tofu to make it taste JUST like BBQ’d steak!! This was a wonderfully written tribute to an exceptional person, and the words used couldn’t be more true. Rest In Peace Shaun and just know that your 3 lovely ladies have each other and they too that you will always keep watch on them

  • Stephanie Monaghan

    He was a good man. You guys got engaged on the way to visit me and I remember thinking that Shaun was the first of my friends’ husbands that I felt good about. Hugs to all of you.

  • Michael Chubb

    Such a loss. Also, such a star in the sky of all those he shone upon.
    Tiff – so sorry for your loss. Girls – carry on your dad’s enthusiasm for life, support your mom and shine on. Take care of each other.

  • Jeff Weidner

    Shaun,
    You are greatly missed. Your positive impact on our lives has been both wide and deep.
    With love to you and your family,
    Jeff Weidner

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