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Shirley Hando

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Shirley Mann born in Ottawa on May 25, 1944 to James and Yvette Mann.  She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister and daughter.  She passed away peacefully in Lake of the Woods District Hospital on April 10th 2021 at 1:50pm. 

In memory of Shirley, the lights on The Tree of Life at LOWDH were lit on the nights before and after Shirley passed

Shirley grew up and attended school in Ottawa.   Her first language was French, but she was just as fluent in English. When she was a young woman, she worked in a clerical position for National Defense.  It was this position which likely lead her to an RCAF dance in the Airman’s Club at RCAF Base Rockcliffe in 1966 where she met her husband to be, Jim Hando.  Jim and Shirley were married March 27, 1967 in Ottawa. Jim’s job with Collins Radio Co, transferred him and the family to many different locations including:

Ottawa ON – Scarborough ON (1968)

Scarborough ON to Cedar Rapids, Ia (1974)

Cedar Rapids Ia to Alliston ON (1975)

Alliston ON to Melbourne, Fl (1983)

Melbourne Fl to Cedar Rapids, Ia (1990)

Cedar Rapids Ia to Kenora, ON (2002)

Shirley was a reluctant traveler, but Jim managed to convince her to accompany him on several of his business trips abroad, which she very much enjoyed. Shirley visited, Venice Italy, Florence Italy, Paris France, London England, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Brighton Beach England, Edinburgh Scotland, St Andrews Scotland, Vienna Austria, Sonning on Thames England, Loch Ness Scotland, Barbizon France, Fontainebleau Castle and Forest France, Freistadt Austria, Palace of Versailles France, The Louvre  

Although Shirley reluctantly traveled abroad with Jim, she loved to B&B, staying in many B&Bs in the USA and Canada.

Shirley loved to crochet and made many blankets for family and friends.

Jim and Shirley have two sons:

Bryan, Aug 23/67, born in Ottawa

Stephen, Nov 3/70, born in Scarborough


Selected Memories of Shirley

“My sister Shirley. She was a very kind and generous person to everyone. My sister is very special to me. She was my friend. When she was young she liked going dancing with her friends and sometimes with me. She used to like going to restaurants to eat fries and gravy.  Don't forget she liked Jos Louis and Pepsi. She liked to have fun going out. I used to follow her everywhere she went.  One time she took me on a trip to New York . We had a really" good time. We used to talk and laugh often on the phone. I'll miss her very much. It's breaking my heart to see her suffering.  I wish I was there for her but I have her in my heart. My friend, my sister and  my everything.

Louise and Lise

Love you”

Lise Perrault (sister) & Louise Perrault (neice)


“Today an amazing free spirited lady, who I danced with, smoked pretend crayons with and who always had the best eye lashes, got her wings  Auntie Shirley, rest comfy ️”

Missy Adams (ne: Birkett) (family friend)

“So sorry to hear that Shirley has passed away.  We know how much you and the family will miss her! We have such fond memories of Alliston with the two of you.  Shirley could always make us laugh!!  You took such good care of her and kept her at home where she wanted to be! We sure are thinking of you at this sad time.

Love Oz & Moe”

Ozzie & Moe Bergroth – (family friends)


Shirley is predeceased by:

Sister Patsy, died 1964

Father died 1979

Mother died 1990

Brother Robert, died 1994 - Children: Nancy, Sabrina, Robert Jr. (RJ)

Survived by:

Sister Lise lives in Ottawa with Husband Jean Guy Perrault and children, Sylvie, Louise and Andre

Sylvie & Adam Lion- Children: Amalyn, Jenica, Alexander

Grand children (Bryan & Cherie Hando) Bronte, McKeely, Lochlea

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the following charities:

Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation – Tree of Life Campaign

Ronald McDonald House - Manitoba