Saturday, March 12, 2016

In Memoriam

O'SHEA (née Swift), Catherine


Catherine (Nellie) O’Shea (nee Swift). It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Nellie, wife of the late Brendan O’Shea Sr., on March 6, 2016 at the age of 84. She will be deeply missed by her children, Brendan Jr (Carole), Gregory (Sylvia), Denis (Dominique), Colleen (Paul) and by her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, Brendan III (Fatima), Shayne (Mélina), Chanelle (Nick), Anthony, Shannon, Sean, Andrew (Stéphanie), Cailin, Amy, Jake & Nox. She will also be missed by her brother Nicholas, nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Her strength, determination & sense of humour was admired by all. We were so blessed. We love you so much & miss you so deeply already.

The family will receive condolences on Friday, March 11, 2016 from 14 h 30 to 17 h and from 19 h to 22 h at the:
Coopérative Funéraire du Grand Montréal
Résidence funéraire Laval
2000, rue Cunard
Laval (Québec) H7S 2G5
Tél. : 450 934-9808

The funeral will be held the next day, Saturday, March 12 at 14 h at the Church Holy Name of Jesus, 899 Chomedey Blvd, Laval, H7V 2X1

Catherine's (Kathleen to family and friends) funeral is today. We can't be there but I know she would be fine with that.
This was my Aunty Nell, my mother's sister and my Godmother. She grew up in Dublin Ireland as the daughter of Thomas and Veronica Swift. My mother, Angela was the eldest and Nellie was followed by Ursula and then Nicholas.
My sister Ursula (named for my aunt above) and I were the first grandchildren.

Angela and Nellie 1934

Angela and Nellie 1937

Mom, Catherine Halpin Brennan (their maternal grandmother) Aunty Nell (back row)

Aunty Ursula, Joyce Brennan, Uncle Nick

 Nellie and Ursula

Nellie in the door of Mourne Rd Dublin

Me, Aunty Nell, Uncle Brendan with Father Christmas Dublin 1955 or 1956

Aunty Nell and Uncle Brendan's wedding in 1957.

My grandmother, Vonnie on the left and Mr. Mrs. O'Shea on the right.

Me, Uncle Nick, Uncle Brendan, Aunty Nell and Uncle Brendan's sister

Our first Christmas 1957 in Canada was spent at Aunty Nell's in Montreal.

Nellie and Brendan out the back of their place on Durocher.

Angela nad Nellie

Aunty Ursula, Ursula, Brendan, me and Aunty Nell spring 1958 Baie Comeau, they came up for my First Communion. 

Aunty Ursula, Aunty Nell and Mom Montreal 1960

Denis, me, Gregory, Aunty Nell and Brendan

Aunty Nell and her Dad, my grandfather.

Denis, Brian, Uncle Nick, Paul, Brendan Gregory

Aunty Nell and Caitlin August 1990 Montreal

Who will I have now to ask questions about family? And talk about everybody???

I will miss you Aunty Nell!!! And John will miss his "Frenchie"!!


  1. Well done babe. This is a great memory. Yes I will truly miss that voice calling me a " cheeky bugger".

  2. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  3. Sorry for your great loss, Jackie.


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