MCSHANE, Geraldine Mary – Geraldine Mary (McAleenan) McShane, of Milltown, NB, passed away on December 17, 2019 at the Charlotte County Hospital, St. Stephen, NB, surrounded by her loved ones. Affectionately known as “Gerry”, she was born August 27, 1927 in Digdeguash, NB. Loving wife of 48 years of Carl E. McShane.
A loving wife, mother and great-grandmother, Gerry was the matriarch of the McShane family for 73 years to the day. Her passions including spending time with her growing family, baking and reading. She touched so many people through her dedication to her community and the Catholic Church by supporting many events and fundraisers for the church, the Chocolate Fest, Rotary Club, etc. She was known for her jams, pickles and, above all else, her famous clover leaf rolls.
She was as sweet as they come, but when it came to family, she was a fierce protector and believer in family above all else. With such a large family, many claimed to be her favourite, to which she would reply “you are all my favorite”. This is a testament to her stellar mothering skills and ability to make those around her feel loved. She saw the humour in life and especially got a twinkle in her eye when playing with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And boy, did those blue eyes ever sparkle. She laughed easily and loved heartily. She enjoyed nothing more than a prank or playing card games even if it meant cheating on occasion often for her own entertainment. She embraced her own independence including obtaining her driver’s license at age 65 and enjoyed the thrill (and sometimes speed) of driving right up to the day of her illness.
She moved through the world with a child-like enthusiasm as she travelled later in life to many places including Ireland, France, the Caribbean and Alaska to name a few. She was a symbol of strength, resilience and perseverance to her family and all that knew as she faced many challenges that came with raising a vibrant brood of 12, especially how she handled the many losses she experienced in her 92 years. She was the example her family will draw upon as they grieve her loss to do so with grace and honour.
She is survived by her loving children, Mark (Carol), Gary (Jane), Joey (Denise), Timmy (Peter), Kim Avery, Donna, Bernadette O’Brien (Mark), Jeff (Krista), 24 beloved grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sons-in-law, Marcel Babineau and Stick Clark, several nieces, nephews and many other close relatives and friends.
Predeceased by parents, husband, daughters Linda Babineau, Kathy Clark, Anna James, son Danny, grandsons Kirk Clark, Adam James, and close companion of 15 years, John Trainor. She is also predeceased by 15 siblings and many in-laws.
The funeral Mass was celebrated from the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 407 Milltown Blvd., St. Stephen, NB, on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. Visitation was held at The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main St., St. Stephen, NB, on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Interment at the Milltown Roman Catholic Cemetery, Barter Settlement, NB.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances to Charlotte County Cancer Society, Charlotte County Hospice or a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.