OBITUARY

George Joseph Shaheen

March 27, 1928March 4, 2019

George Joseph Shaheen Sr., a loving husband father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend to all and owner of Shaheen’s Department Store, passed away on March 4, 2019 at the age of 90. He was born in White Castle, a lifelong resident of Donaldsonville, a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and served as City Councilman of Donaldsonville (District 2). He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Society, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine Landry; three sons, George Jr. (Donna), Claude and John (Johnna); three daughters, Leslie Nelson (Kirby), Cindy Hales (Troy), and Sandy Blanchard (Kevin); nine grandchildren, Georgia and Hayden Shaheen, Kayla (Brodie Bagley) Vance and Landry Nelson, Garrett and Parker Hales, Dylan and Olivia Blanchard; two great grandchildren, Gavin and Eden Bagley; and one sister, Amelia Lanoix. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph Ameen Shaheen and Olga Samaha, immigrants from Beirut, Lebanon; four brothers, Emile, Nicholas, Raymond and Ellis; brother-in-law, Earl “Chumbo” Lanoix; three sisters-in-law, Edith Shaheen, Phyllis Shaheen and Beulah Shaheen; and a grandson, Mace Nelson. George attended Donaldsonville High School where he excelled in basketball and football and remained an avid sports fan always rooting for LSU. To him the most important thing in this world was family and love. He lived by this and taught us every day that family is all you have so love them. He was a selfless, hardworking man who took care of his family, but also others who needed him. Growing up during tough times, he defied the odds. His faith and love in God made him the man he was and he touched the lives of many. He was truly one of a kind. Visitation will be at Ourso Funeral Home Donaldsonville on Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will resume on Monday, March 11, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by Father Philip Spano and co-celebrant, Father Paul Yi. Entombment will follow at Ascension Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Vance Nelson, Dylan Blanchard, Landry Nelson, Garrett Hales, Parker Hales and Hayden Shaheen. The family wishes to extend special thanks to George’s earthly angels who were lovingly devoted to his care and to his family. Also, a special thanks to the many friends who always stopped by to visit. Go Tigers!

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine Landry; three sons, George Jr. (Donna), Claude and John (Johnna); three daughters, Leslie Nelson (Kirby), Cindy Hales (Troy), and Sandy Blanchard (Kevin); nine grandchildren, Georgia and Hayden Shaheen, Kayla (Brodie Bagley) Vance and Landry Nelson, Garrett and Parker Hales, Dylan and Olivia Blanchard; two great grandchildren, Gavin and Eden Bagley; and one sister, Amelia Lanoix.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, March 10, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 11, 2019
  • Entombment Monday, March 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

George Joseph Shaheen

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Robinell Rabalais Hedfelt

March 12, 2019

Shaheen family,
Hi all. I was sad to hear of your dad's passing. He was such a good man, as my dad was. I miss my dad everyday but we were all so lucky and blessed have our dad's for such a long time. Now they can watch L.S.U. together in heaven! Take care and may God bless.

Harry & Nancy & Family Smith

March 11, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family at this difficult time. He will truly be missed by all who knew him. God bless and our prayers to you all.

Steven Prejean

March 11, 2019

Porgie,

My condolences to you, Moose, Ms. Amelia and the entire family. He was one of a kind. Never a dull moment when he was around!

Stevie Prejean

Katherine Holyoak

March 10, 2019

Dear Family of George, So sorry for your loss at this time. I am Chad Shaheens sister in law and Lillians Sister. I have heard many good things about Chads uncle over the years. Prayers go out to you and your family. Love Katherine F. Holyoak

Stephen deBessonet

March 9, 2019

To all of Mr. George's family, please accept my sincere condolences.

Mr. George was a constant with me growing up in Donaldsonville. He was always around wherever I went.
He was also friendly and kind to me and to all of my family.

He will be missed and not forgotten.

To all of his family, may all of your grief be tempered with the wonderful memories of his life.

Sincerely,
Stephen & Terry deBessonet

Phil and Kathleen Green

March 8, 2019

Vance so sorry to hear of your grandfather's passing. Please give our sympathy and prayers to all of the family. God bless. Your Redmond neighbors, Phil and Kathleen Green

Kay Hartley

March 8, 2019

My deepest and most sincere condolences.

Karren Glover

March 8, 2019

To Leslie and family, we send our love to you from all of us in Utah. So sorry for your loss. Your father was a great guy to have raised such a great family.

Margaret Chorak McGreevy

March 8, 2019

George,
I am so sorry for your loss.
I remember him well from our days at ACHS.
You and your family are in my prayers.
God Bless,
Margaret McGreevy ( Chorak)

Joy Giambrone Hebert

March 8, 2019

RIP Mr. George. Condolences to the family.

FROM THE FAMILY