Sheela-na-Gig aka Jeanne Rathbone

Ita Egan nee McLouglin death notice

Posted in Ita Egan by sheelanagigcomedienne on October 19, 2012

Ita Egan died on 14th october 2012 in Winnepeg Canada.

Ita Mcloughlin whose family had owned the Tourist Hotel – now The Continental- in Lower Salthill Galway was married to uncle Ber who was Daddy’s brother. I was flower girl at their wedding in Salthill Church in 1950. Daddy was best man.

Here is part of her obituary from  ITA EGAN Obituary – Winnipeg Free Press Passages


ITA EGAN (MRS. B. J. EGAN) On October 14, 2012, with her family at her side, Ita Egan, beloved mother of Margaret, Enda, Breen, Cliodna, Eamon and Deirdre Egan, died peacefully. She was predeceased in 2002 by her devoted husband of 51 years, Dr. Bernard Joseph Egan. Born in County Leitrim, Ireland, the daughter of teachers Michael McLoughlin and Margaret Gray McLoughlin, Ita grew up in Salthill Galway. Educated at Taylor’s Hill Dominican Convent for Girls, she received her medical training in radiography from University College Galway and went on to work in radiography in Ireland and England. An accomplished pianist, Ita held a Teacher’s Diploma in piano and composition. In 1951, Ita married Bernard Egan, whom she met while both were in medical school, and they began their life together in Canada first in Bell Island, Newfoundland and since 1958, in Winnipeg. With her medical background, she was instrumental in helping her husband establish and expand his thriving medical practice. Her focus and devotion however were directed to their children. She was the heart of a loving and joyful home, filled with laughter, friends and non-stop activity. Ita was a woman of strong Catholic faith, and an active supporter of the family’s church, schools and communities…….  She generously contributed to many charities, particularly for those disadvantaged in life.

Ita loved swimming at the Winnipeg Winter Club where she was a member for 50 years. In demand as a bridge partner, she was a popular presence on the Winnipeg bridge circuit. A gifted hostess, her dinner parties and ladies’ lunches were legendary, and she enjoyed each gathering as much as her guests did. Her most treasured times were with Bernie and their children, who never missed Christmas in River Heights, summers at Winnipeg Beach or the family’s annual retreat to Fair Hills, Minnesota, a tradition Ita maintained for 52 consecutive summers, most recently in July. Her elegance and sharp wit will be missed as her friends continue to convene in years to come. Though she loved Canada, Ita never lost contact with her Irish roots, family and friends. She returned to Ireland often, always to her beloved Galway Bay where, on the same morning as her Winnipeg funeral, a special Mass will be said, celebrated by her brother Rev. Fr. Terence (Paddy) McLoughlin.

Ita had a magical gift for friendship and her home was the first port of call for many newly-arrived Irish friends, while her warmth and hospitality made the Egan house the gathering place for generations of her children’s friends. No matter the number gathered at 1220 on any particular evening (and there were usually many), Ita was the one who made the evening dazzling. She had that certain grace. A good life, well and elegantly lived.

This photo was taken in the garden of Blackfort House with Ita, cousin Margaret and myself.


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