January 1, 1955 – August 28, 2018
After a 3 year battle with cancer Cathy passed away in the early morning of August 28, with family at her bedside in a Port Moody hospice facility. Cathy was born in Edmonton, raised and schooled in Kelowna before moving to Vancouver and then Williams Lake in the late 1970’s.
She is survived by her husband Graeme, son Cameron (Melissa) and daughter Aislinn (Frank) and her beautiful little granddaughter Mischa, along with sisters Barbara and Donna.
From an early age Cathy was a self-assured and confident girl, mixed with equal parts independence, determination and purpose, who knew what she wanted in life. She had a thirst for travel and adventure, and after graduating from high school headed off to Europe to begin to satisfy that desire. Little did she know at the time, but that decision would chart the course for the rest of her life, as on that trip she would cross paths with the person who she was destined to marry and spend the rest of her life with. She married in 1976 and moved to Williams Lake 3 years later, making a home and raising her kids, soon becoming a frequent figure around schools, the skating rink, swimming pool and soccer fields in support of her family. She volunteered with various organizations and worked as a school secretary after her children had grown. She had a passion for everything she did, and she loved to create, whether with food or with fabric, and fine details were important to her. She had a passion for reading and research, had a wealth of knowledge of so many things but was always looking to learn more. She had a warm smile and could spark up a conversation with just about anyone at any time. She was generous with her time and her energy, always looking for ways to help out in support of family and her friends.
After her specific cancer diagnosis was made she knew her odds were poor at best, so she set out to research everything about her disease in an effort to win the race for her life. But cancer makes no friends, plays no favourites and never sleeps, and there was no reward for finishing second. We are most grateful to the many doctors, nurses and hospital staff who attended to Cathy during her journey. Their unending dedication, compassion, and care made her struggle so much easier for us all.
A remembrance of her life will be held in the coming spring, when the weather warms, and the flowers begin to bloom. In lieu of flowers a donation in her name to a worthy social cause will be appreciated. Those wishing to contribute a thought, make a connection, or remember Cathy in their own way are invited to access https://tinyurl.com/MCINTOSH2018 and post their message or photo.