Louise Herminée Shand
November 27, 1944 – January 16, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved mother on January 16, 2020, in Winnipeg, MB.
Louise will be lovingly remembered by David, her devoted husband of six years, and sons Christopher (Caitlin), Michael (Christine), and Jonathan (Lindsey), her brother Peter Bangs and extended family.
Louise was born on November 27th, 1944 in Sudbury, Ontario to Leonard Bangs and Estelle (Chaput). Louise spent her childhood years in Farnham, Quebec until her parents moved the family to Winnipeg where her father became a senior executive with the Canadian Pacific Railway. Sadly, her father passed away when Louise was just sixteen; she then went on to graduate from St. Mary's Academy and then from Commercial College. At eighteen she put her skill to work as a Secretary at St. Paul's High School. It was soon after that she met the love of her life, Richard Shand, during an evening of skating with her childhood friend and St. Mary’s classmate Yvonne Giroux. In 1966, Rick and Louise married and moved to Quebec City where Rick began his career in Aerospace as a Mechanical Engineer for Valcartier.
Rick and Louise returned to Winnipeg, where they raised three sons and cared for Louise's mother, Estelle. In the 1980s, Louise was heavily involved with the community through the Junior League and the United Way. She volunteered for Lloyd Axworthy’s federal political campaign, and took on part-time work when times were tough. In her spare time, she was a proud and devoted member of the "Bridge Club" and deeply valued both the longtime and new friendships she made along the way.
When Louise lost her beloved Rick to cancer in 2002, she deftly and lovingly held the family together. Her sons recall how she consistently made sacrifices for the happiness of her children, always putting them first, and ensuring that the loving family that she and Rick had nurtured would live on and be a source of comfort and strength for her boys. The boys are grateful to Louise’s brother, Peter Bangs, who supported Louise through this difficult time, and took on the role of father figure in Rick’s absence.
Louise had an unwavering and profound faith in the Lord, an abiding deference to the Catholic Church, and a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, all of which were felt by those around her who were able to witness this special gift and benefit from the blessings that her faith bestowed upon her and those she loved.
Louise was selfless, caring more for others than she cared for herself. She took tremendous pride and joy in her family, buying gifts for loved ones, and opening her home and her table to family for her famous, and regularly scheduled, roast beef and roast chicken dinners. There was always room for everyone at her table and always plenty of food and drink to go around. Family was the center of her world. She tirelessly gave without asking anything in return.
In 2010, Louise reconnected with a childhood friend, David Jobin, and the two were married in 2013. They spent many happy years together enjoying movies, dinners out, some travel, and the opportunity to get to know each other’s families.
No words can describe the loss that we feel. Louise - Mom - will be remembered for her quick wit, her generous spirit, and her endless support of family and friends.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 11:00 am at St. Ignatius Church, 255 Stafford Street.
- Funeral Service Friday, January 24, 2020
Louise Herminée Shand
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
Joanne Murphy (Bangs)
January 29, 2020
Hard to believe my beautiful Aunt is gone. I have so many fond memories of her - the great family get togethers at the cottage at Lake Talon in Mattawa when I was young, our family trips to Winnipeg and her visits to Ottawa, and in more recent years, our trips together to Florida and the cottage in Bancroft. I will always remember Lou for her wonderful sense of humour, her fierce intellect and of course her selfless generosity. She was stunningly beautiful inside and out. She has left a huge hole my heart and I will forever cherish the times we had together. My deepest condolences to Dave, Jonathan and Lindsey, Chris and Caitlyn and Mike and Christine. My thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️
January 23, 2020
Louise was a wonderful lady and a dear friend of my mom’s who truly enjoyed their time together. She was always warm and showed interest in how I was doing when I’d run into her. It had been a long time I hadn’t seen Louise, but I can hear her gentle voice and see her smile.
My condolences to Jay, Mike, Chris and all her loved ones. Cherish the memories and remember to stick together as a family.
Sending you love,
January 22, 2020
Dear smiling Louise filled with love and fun. We met learning belly dancing and never stopped laughing. She always had that twinkle in her eye like something was up that I loved about her. My loving support to all of her children and grandchildren. You have so much to remember of her that you will always have with you. Let that bring you comfort. She is with you wherever you go!❤️❤️❤️