In loving memory ~
Kathleen died on August 27, after a 9-month struggle with cancer. As she declined physically she never lost her wit and intelligence, and went out on her own terms. Kathleen was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Max, and is survived by her daughters Jane (Fred) and Tracy (Stephen).
Kathleen was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. At 18, she moved to London, England where she met Max. After a short courtship, they were married and moved to Canada. Their first stop was Nipigon, where they shared a shack with no hot water and an outhouse. From that inauspicious start, they moved a number of times, eventually settling in Oakville for many years. A post-retirement job for Max brought them to their final home in Victoria.
Kathleen was an athlete all her life. In Ireland she played camogie, but her true passion was tennis, to which she was introduced in Oakville. When tennis became too difficult, Kathleen transitioned to golf and the gym.
Kathleen's friendships were of the utmost importance to her, and she had deep and long friendships with many people. Those long-term friends, and the neighbours in Victoria who became friends over the past two decades, made Kathleen's senior years a joy. They are too many to list, but the family is grateful to them all.
The family is also very grateful to the compassionate staff at Victoria Hospice where Kathleen spent her last few days. Their care and understanding are boundless. The family would like to particularly thank Dr J. Henderson and Dr. K. Schneider.
Kathleen was fiercely independent, and loved her sports, her trips to Mexico, her family and her friends. Nothing was more important to her than the knowledge that her daughters were happy and secure. Thanks Mum, for raising us to be strong and independent. We will miss you.
The family will hold a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers Mum would appreciate support to Victoria Hospice.
They walk beside us every day.
Unseen, unheard, but always near.
Still loved, still missed and very dear.