Lilianne (nee Plante) Shaw

SHAW, Lilianne

(nee Plante)

Passed away peacefully on March 23, 2005 at Arranglen Lodge in Qualicum

Beach, BC with her eldest daughter Susanne close by.

Lil is survived by devoted daughters Susanne Shaw and Ruth (Bob) Tripodl and

sons Peter, John and Andrew. She is also survived by Susanne’s sons, John and

Chris Defalque; John’s children, Rachel, Sara and Emma; and Andrew’s son David.

She also left behind her beloved sister Annette Romanek and brother Peter Plante

(both of Kenora, Ontario) and numerous loving nieces and nephews: Janice Pruys,

Michael Romanek; Bill, David and Larry Shaw; Jimmy Peter and Paul Plante and

Dorothy Roy. Lil was predeceased by husband John (Jack) Shaw in 1993.

Lil had an energetic and fun-loving spirit, bringing joy and laughter wherever she

went. Born October 17, 1921 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Lil spent her earliest

childhood in French-Canadian communities in rural Manitoba. Drought forced the

family to move to Kenora 1927 where her parents eventually established a

successful bus transportation business. During the war years, Lilianne served as a

volunteer nurse for the Red Cross. In 1943, she met Paratrooper Lieut. Jack Shaw,

and the next year, they were married.

Jack’s work as an engineer took the family from Kenora to Huntington, W.Va.,

Lockport, N.Y., Owen Sound, Ont., Pine Falls, Man., Vancouver, BC, Red Rock,

Ont. and Port Alice, BC. No matter where they went, Lil’s joie de vivre garnered her

hosts of long-standing friendships. Always involved in the community, Lil worked as

a dance instructor, a catechism teacher, performing arts director and actress, an

artist, a writer and an NDP advocate. When Jack retired, they settled on five acres

along the Englishman River in Parksville, raising fruit, goats, chickens and geese

until just before Jack’s death. Since then, Lil concentrated on her hobbies – reading,

cards, sewing, gardening and her cats. She loved people and animals, and happily

shared the beauty of her property with wildlife and her friends, especially Matt and

Derek, her special guardians. The family is ever grateful for the staff at Arranglen

Lodge and Joan Greaves for their care and kindness during the final days of

Lilianne’s life.

Prayers will take place Friday, April 1st, 2005 7:00 PM

at Yates Funeral Chapel, 1000 Allsbrook Road, Parksville, BC

A Funeral Mass will be held on

Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 PM at

Church of the Ascension Catholic Church,

887 Wembley Road, Parksville, BC

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lilianne’s memory will be gratefully accepted by

Covenant House, 575 Drake Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K8

(; the Cancer Society, the SPCA or Wildlife preservation




in care of arrangements

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