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EUNICE ESTHER BAND (WATSON)
Born: Oct 15, 1930
Date of Passing: Jul 28, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
EUNICE ESTHER BAND
October 15, 1930 - July 28, 2020
Mom was born in Eriksdale, Manitoba and was raised on the family farm near the shores of Lake Manitoba. She was the sixth of ten children born to William and Esther Watson (McKelvey). Mom had a close connection with her father and would often share memories of how she enjoyed working hard alongside of him in the hayfields. In 1948, at 18 years she attended Normal School in Tuxedo, obtained her teaching certificate, and returned to Eriksdale to teach at the one-roomed Hartfield School. After one year of teaching Mom took her Licensed Practical Nursing at the St. Boniface School of Nursing. From there, Mom went to work at the Kenora General Hospital. While in Kenora, she met and married the love of her life, Rowland Band. Together they had three children, Kathleen, Ian, and Colin. In May 1966, the family moved to Winnipeg and resided in Fort Richmond, a real culture shock for the family after living on Lake of the Woods. Mom always made sure the family returned to Kenora every summer for a family holiday.
Mom worked at the St. Boniface General Hospital and then the Municipal Hospital caring for Polio patients - working nights so she would be available to her family during the day. Mom never complained and would still have energy to host family dinners, she truly loved to entertain family and friends. She always said that she could not work if it was not for Dad's love and all his help along with their children. In 1973 at 43 years of age, her family nearly grown, she decided to pursue her RN at the St. Boniface General Hospital. In Mom's second year of the RN program (1975), daughter Kathleen had enrolled in her first year of Nursing (1974). Eunice and Kathleen were the first mother/daughter ever to be enrolled at the same time at St. Boniface General Hospital. Mom loved to share this with others as she was so proud. In 1978 Mom graduated from the Intensive Care course at SBGH and worked in Intensive Care Medicine. From there she worked on Pediatrics and was like a mother to all the very sick children she cared so much for. Mom always had a "thirst" for learning and in 1987 obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba through many years of evening classes. In May 1991 she was presented the Professional Nursing Award from the St. Boniface General Hospital. Mom had a true passion for Nursing, caring for others and touched so many lives. The last few years of Mom's career were spent on Pediatric Research and then providing private care to the aging. At 70 years of age, after 49 years of Nursing, Mom felt it was time to retire from a very rewarding career.
Mom and Dad travelled extensively throughout Europe, USA and Canada during the latter part of their lives together. In 1990 at the age of 59, Mom became a widow and continued to fill her loss by keeping busy. She loved her grandsons and visited them daily, even if it meant using her lunch hour to take them for a walk to the park. She adored her grandsons and was always there when needed, when they were young and into their adulthood. In return the grandsons always ensured they phoned or visited their "Nanny" often as it was always guaranteed to be lots of laughter and joking about.
Mom enjoyed a variety of activities. She was an avid reader and was knowledgeable about worldly issues. She enjoyed bridge, cribbage, crosswords, Tai Chi, walking many miles daily for exercise often to King's Park and back several times a day and she had a love for sports, particularly baseball. She enjoyed hosting foreign students in her home after Dad's passing.
Mom was extremely generous with her time, being actively involved with the Anglican Church, St. Boniface Alumni, Fort Garry Rotary, Heart & Stroke Foundation, CancerCare Manitoba and Girl Guides. Mom lived life to the fullest and was always willing to assist others. Despite Mom's lifelong struggle with chronic pain, her spirits remained high and would always put others first.
Eunice leaves her very special, dear friend and companion of 19 years, Bob Heinrichs. Bob you were so wonderful and caring to our mom, daughter Kathleen (Tony), sons, Ian (Joanne) and Colin (Gwen), her four grandsons who she truly adored, Jeff (Rochelle), Andrew (Micky), Justin, and Matthew, her treasured and beloved first great-granddaughter Valentina Kinal who she was able to hold only once in her arms before the COVID-19 restrictions. Mom thoroughly enjoyed receiving pictures and visits through her second-floor window but longed to hold her great-granddaughter again. Her remaining siblings, Clara, Ben (Joyce), and her youngest sister Georgina (Raymond), many nieces and nephews along with countless friends and Nursing classmates, including Gaylene Kramchynski.
Mom was predeceased by her siblings, Diane, Mac, Edmond, Douglas, Allison and Edith, and brother-in-law Jim Band.
The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the staff on Weinberg 2, at the Simkin Centre. Each and everyone of you are one of the Angels placed on this earth. Mom loved all of you and Marcella Fullante who she looked forward to seeing several times a week and loved you as a daughter your visits were more than special for Mom. Nurse Brenda your care and humour always made her day. Nurses, Corrine and Tesse, Dr. Koven and all the staff whose names are too many to mention, we truly thank you. It was overwhelming for family when all the staff took time to share their tears and support of Mom's passing. To the staff who shared that Mom was "not just a resident but our friend" really touched our hearts.
Mom, you lived life to the fullest and have left such an impact on the world and all those who were fortunate to have met you. We love you and will miss your physical presence. You will forever be in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please reach out to someone less fortunate, in memory of Eunice Band.
As per her wishes, cremation has taken place, with the service on September 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in place, the service is by invite only.
For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the Facebook page of Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home. Please follow this link for access:
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Publish Date: Aug 15, 2020
EUNICE ESTHER BAND
October 15, 1930 - July 28, 2020
Eunice had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and education, and drank deeply from the cup of life. Widely read, she loved poetry, the arts and nature. She was spiritual and held her faith in the Lord with a strong, quite confidence. She led a long, rich and rewarding career as a professional nurse. Always giving, she was bright, beautiful and generous. She loved and was dearly loved by her family and enjoyed a wide circle of friends, relatives and acquaintances. She was thoughtful, kind and gracious - a fierce fighter for social justice and the underdog. She had a sharp wit and wonderful sense of humour. She loved to laugh - especially with her sisters. She touched many lives with her intelligence and her charm. She will be sorely missed.
Full obituary to follow at a later date.
John 15:12-13 - "My command is this:
Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this,
that one lay down his life for his friends."
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Publish Date: Aug 1, 2020
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 01, 2020, Aug 15, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
A well loved woman who cared deeply for us all, classmates from '75. Our grad 45 yrs ago; 1 Corinthians 13...faith hope and love. Thank you to the Band family for sharing Eunice with us...she was our Mother of the year! and a treasure who will be missed very much. Estote Fideles - Posted by: Gaylene (RN Alumni classmate) on: Aug 17, 2020
It was such a pleasure knowing Eunice and working with her on 8A South at St. Boniface Hospital. Always professional, always caring, Eunice was highly regarded by her patients and their families, and by our staff and all those who knew her at the hospital. She supported and encouraged her colleagues, and mentored many. Her contribution to the nursing profession was significant. Kathleen, Ian and Colin, please accept my sincere condolences with her passing and know how loved your mother was by so many. - Posted by: Susan Fogg (Colleague ) on: Aug 15, 2020
I had the good fortune to have met Eunice on several occasions at our paediatrician's office in the mid to late '80s. She was such a memorable lady! Her caring manner, warmth and obvious knowledge was so apparent and drew me in immediately! I enjoyed reading about her life and family and was so happy to see she had a long and lovely life! I am sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Merril Johnson (Mother of some of her patients) on: Aug 15, 2020
Eunice was our neighbour for 33 years. She was a very kind and generous person with a zest for life and learning. She watched our son grow up with the joy of a loving grandmother. We missed her when she moved and kept in touch with her for many years. Sincerest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Meera Thadani (Friend and neighbour) on: Aug 05, 2020
Eunice was a kind, involved parishioner at Church of the Good Shepherd for many years. She was always willing to help. I wish to send my condolences to her family from mine - Wendy (then Winther), Andrea & Stephanie - Posted by: Wendy Wylie (Parishioner at Church of the Good Shepherd) on: Aug 02, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I met Eunice 35 yrs ago at work and I remember loving the person that she was. She hosted a bridal shower for me and helped me put one on for my co worker Bev. In 2009, she allowed my parents to see her suite at Silverview Estates and it was due to her that they had 7 great years there! I’ve very very often thought of Eunice and how she was doing. I loved her smile and laugh more than anything. I know her passing will leave a huge void in your lives. Take care. - Posted by: Lesley Rooney (Work friend from Meadowood Medical ) on: Aug 02, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of your mother. My acquaintance with Eunice dates back many years to when the family resided in Kenora, Ontario. She had many special qualities. She was an excellent nurse and I was so pleased to hear she had continued her education to become an RN. I happily had occasion to see her when I attended the St Boniface Alumni dinners. A life very well lived. God Bless. - Posted by: Shirley Myles (Friend) on: Aug 01, 2020
My sincere sympathy on the loss of such a kind and all around beautiful lady! - Posted by: Ceceile (Former colleague ) on: Aug 01, 2020
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