01/03/2018 21:15 EST | Updated 01/04/2018 10:43 EST

Jim Shaw Dead At 60

Shaw served as CEO of Shaw Communications until 2010.

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Jim Shaw, former CEO of Shaw Communication, is seen during the company's annual general meeting held in Calgary.

CALGARY — Jim Shaw, the former chief executive of Shaw Communications Inc., has died following a brief illness.

He was 60.

The Calgary-based telecommunications company says in a statement that Shaw, who was vice-chairman of the board, passed away peacefully on Wednesday.

He joined Shaw in 1982, working as a construction worker and cable installer, and later served as the company's second CEO from 1998 to 2010.

Shaw Communications says during his tenure as CEO the company's revenue grew from $646 million in 1998 to $3.7 billion in 2010.

As a family, our hearts are heavy with sadness.Brad Shaw

Current CEO Brad Shaw says that he not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor.

"As a family, our hearts are heavy with sadness," Shaw said.

"Our lives will not be as complete without hearing Jim's laughter or getting the benefit of his counsel or his insight."

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