January 18, 1965 - March 1, 2017
Service Date: March 7, 2017
Funeral Home Nepean - Garden Chapel
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Hans Aggarwal of Ottawa at the too-young age of 52. She died peacefully at home as she wished, surrounded by loving family and friends. Hans showed us all how to confront the terrible adversity of cancer with courage and grace and a passion for living life to the fullest, right to the very end.
Hans was the daughter of Omkar Aggarwal and Premlata Aggarwal (nee Gupta) of Ottawa; sister to Naval Aggarwal of Virginia, and the loving wife of Philip Vincent of Ottawa; sister-in-law to Susan and Jim Bridgeman of Ottawa, and to Krista Aggarwal of Virginia, and a cool role-model aunt to Laura and Erica Bridgemen and to Kyra and Karina Aggarwal.
Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Hans lived most of her life in Ottawa. She graduated with a BA in Business and a Master’s Degree in Management Studies from Carleton University.
She was a business analyst by profession; a very good business analyst, a leader in her field who taught others and set the standard for excellence with her clients and co-workers. She worked hard to keep her promises. As an independent consultant she worked with many, many clients, and often developed close friendships through her work.
She had an infectious and memorable laugh.
Hans enjoyed encountering animals in the wild: kayaking with whales on both coasts; meeting bears and elk on hikes through the Rockies; mingling with the massive migrating herds and their predators on the Serengeti, and bird watching just about anywhere. She loved to cook and to entertain family and friends either at home or at her cottage on Birch Island on White Lake. She was a bit of a dare-devil, and was usually the first in her family to undertake “risky activities” whether trying out exotic culinary dishes or off-trail adventures, or hanging off the CN Tower, just for fun.
Hans’ real passion was art. She developed her talent later in life and was an avid participant at local Ottawa-area art shows and sales. She experimented with mixed media and some of her works were described as “captivating” and “stunning”.
Special thanks to her in-laws Susan and Jim Bridgeman and their daughters Erica and Laura who enjoyed rich adventures with Hans during their childhood years and then took such good care of her in her final days; Thanks to Nutan and Arvind Aggarwal of Atlanta, and Koki and Anoop Khanna of Waterloo, Ontario for their care and support; and to other family and friends who helped bring love, kindness and joy to her final days as she relinquished the burdens of this life.
Friends may visit at the
Garden Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes
3440 Richmond Road (Nepean)
(between Bayshore and Baseline Road)
on Monday March 6, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. A celebration of Hans’ life will take place at Pinecrest Remembrance Services, 2500 Baseline Road on Tuesday March 7, 2017 at 10 a.m..
Hans was particularly concerned with the well-being of family and friends who suffer from mental illness. In lieu of flowers, and to honour her memory, she asked that you reach out to someone you know who is dealing with mental illness and give them your love and support.