17 February, 1951 – 21 April, 2018
SHAUGHNESSY, Maureen Anne Passed away peacefully on April 21, 2018 at the Ottawa Civic Hospital surrounded by her children and sisters. Predeceased by her partner Brian. Daughter of the late Jack and Marie Shaughnessy. Loving mother of the late Brendan Optis, and survived by Michael Optis (Lara), Johnny Optis (Michelle) and Kate Optis (Chris). Grandmother to Chloe, Olivia, Isla and Madison. Beloved sister of Bryan (The Honourable Mr. Justice Bryan Shaughnessy) and Pat, Cathie Fedak (the late Andy) and Colleen (Ted). Maureen was known best for her dry wit and cheekiness, whether it be at a Beatles or Rolling Stones concert in her teenage years or speeding down the halls in her wheelchair in her twilight years. Maureen raised her four children on her own and it wasn’t unusual for her to work 2 to 3 jobs at a time to keep food on the table. Despite this and other hardships in her life, Maureen always had a smile and a joke and kept her light shining as brightly as she was able. She will be sorely missed, and the world won’t be the same without her. Friends will be greeted at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King St. W., Oshawa, ON (905-721-1234) on Saturday April 28 from 12 noon with Service in the Chapel at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Maureen’s honour to either CAMH or Bruyère foundations. Online condolences may be made at www.oshawafuneralhome.com
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11 February 2019
Maureen was my friend of almost 50 years.
I celebrated with her on her 50th Birthday at Michel's French Restaurant. I encouraged her to go to George S Henry 50th Reunion. She declined. She phoned me over the decades and let me know of her good times and bad. I will miss her dearly. A mutual friend of mine,
Don Gallinger, and I met last year to share memories of Maureen. I just found out this week at her Alpine Resort that she had passed.
This is devastating to me. Best to her children!
Joan Campbell Bryan
28 April 2018
My sister Terri and I played with Maureen and Cathie when we were young and I still remember us laying on our family garage roof spitting watermelon seeds to see who could shoot it the farthest. When the Shaughnessy family moved from Orillia, we unfortunately saw them less frequently, but when we did visit, we would all converse like we had never been apart. A few years ago we managed to have a 'cousins day' get together that included Colleen and other cousins of our age that we played with when we were young from the Shea and Sauve families. It was so very special and none of us wanted to call it a day so we talked and laughed until around 5a.m. Words can't express how grateful I am to have had that last visit and how it is and always will be one of my fondest memories. I always loved Maureen's sense of humor and quick wit. She had the most beautiful smile and she shared it generously. My heart goes out to her children and siblings and all of us who loved her.
Much love always Maureen, rest in peace
Maureen and Joe Shaughnessy
28 April 2018
We are deeply sorry to hear the sad news of our niece Maureen. We have wonderful memories of times we shared together when our children were all young. Maureen was always so full of life and laughter,
and such a warm and loving mother. She was a beautiful person, both in body and spirit and will surely be missed by everyone who knew her.
Maureen, Joe, Sarah and Kathleen
26 April 2018
Sending our deepest condolences to Bryan, Cathie, and Colleen, in the loss of your sister Maureen..May your fond family memories comfort you at this difficult time.. Sending you our thoughts, prayers and hugs!!!
The Sweeney family
Debbie Osborn (nee Sauve)
25 April 2018
I spent a lot of time with the Shaughnessy family when I was young. I can say that Maureen was meticulous about her appearance and always had a sweet smile on her face. Her sister Cathie and her were competitive in scheming up mischevious things to do for fun when they were teenagers....none of what I'm sure they would regret to this day. They had a lot of fun together and fortunately I was able to share a lot of good times with Colleen, Cathie and Maureen. I didn't see much of Maureen once she married and had children as she moved to Thornbury. Maureen was very proud of all her children and glowed when she spoke of them. She is just an overall great gal and we are all shocked and saddened to have lost her so soon. God Bless Maureen and all of her family.
Cousin Deb xx