OBITUARY

Kit Pilgrim Bright

5 May, 194916 April, 2020

Bright, Kit P (born Katherine Stuart) of Calgary, AB passed away on April 16, 2020. If you are reading this, I have passed on to a more peaceful life. I was the youngest daughter of the late Charles and Audrey Stuart of Halifax. I am survived by my siblings Diana Haydon (Peter), John Stuart (Doris), and Nancy Fullerton (Ben - deceased). I am leaving behind my three beloved daughters, Jennifer Paolucci (Mario), Katherine Bright (Jeremy Podlog) and Heather Bruneau (Cory). I also leave my precious grandchildren, Julia, Celia, Ethan, Olivia, Judah, Hope and Reed, who have brought me so much joy. I am survived by my partner Joe Hobson and his children Katie St. Aubin (William and children Madeleine, Genevieve and Benjamin), Colleen Avery (Mike) and Joe Hobson (Kat and son Hugo). Last but not least I leave behind my little dog, Penny Potter – she was my loyal confidante for the last 15 years. Thank all of you for everything. I have had a wonderful life and have been blessed in all aspects of my life. I wish you joy and happiness – do not grieve but rejoice in the life we shared.

A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. No flowers please – they will be wasted on me now. Please send your donations to the charity of your choice where it will help most. Thank you.

For those of you who knew Kit she was fiercely independent, spunky and loved to tell her story her way which is what she did above. We respect her wishes to have done that but would also like to say a few words.

Our mother was strong and courageous, she did not back down from a challenge. She would stand up for the underdog. She was extremely loyal, if she was your friend, she was your friend for life. She loved winters in Mexico, summers in Sylvan, and Fridays at the Legion!

We would like to extend our thank you to some of the most amazing Doctors that our Mum was fortunate to have been in contact with.

Dr. Leo Zalmanowitz for his thorough examination in the Rockyview ER that initially identified her disease.

Dr. Steven Yip for his compassion, patience and kindness in treating our mum. She thought the world of you and we are so grateful for your guidance through her journey.

Dr. Jackson Wu for your treatment plan that allowed our Mum to be finally rid of her pain in her last few weeks. That was a gift that we are eternally grateful for.

Unit 47 Palliative Care team including Dr. Allison Murray and Dr. Jennifer Hughes who treated all of us with empathy and took the time to get to know our Mum and fully understand her uniqueness which helped us navigate her final days.

With the challenges associated with COVID-19, this team of doctors and nurses took every opportunity to keep us informed and to answer all of our questions with kindness but also with realism. They showed us incredible compassion in Mum’s final days, allowing each of us and Joe to spend time with her and say our goodbyes.

“Otam”, we will miss those lazy days at Sylvan, the giggles you had that would make us all laugh and watching you in your happy place with the whole family together but we know your unbreakable spirit will be there with us. We love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. Love you long time, love you short time, love you all the time.

For those of you who wish to donate to charity the family would ask that you donate to either the Alberta Cancer Foundation or Foothills Medical Centre.

Memories

Kit Pilgrim Bright

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Dana Honey

15 January 2021

I just learned of Kit’s passing.
My condolences to the family.
I am a musician/entertainer who Kit had hired to perform in a couple of Calgary Legions.
She was always so really good to me.
God bless her.

Fay Geier

6 October 2020

Kit and her loyal friend, Penny, was a client at our vet clinic. I loved her energy she exudes, she was always so understanding and patient with the sometimes chaotic day. She would sit on the bench and observe and soak it all in. Then at the end of her appointment with Penny she always had a smile. I have missed her sense of humour, her smile and most of all her laugh. My most sincerest condolences. I was blessed to have known her.

Betty-Anne Milan

2 June 2020

I am truly at a loss for words. Kit was a client , and a workmate at Metro Associates and became a friend very quickly. Great times together. Celebrated an amazing 60th overnight party at the zoo with her family. Helped in creating Seniors Concierge ...On committes together. I have to say the last couple years we both had such busy lives and I am still in shock that she is gone and I didn’t know she was hit with Cancer. Well never gone always in our hearts and on to a greater mission than we even know until we get there too. Giant hugs to all the family until we can get together and celebrate her life! Betty-Anne

Brigit Lister

2 June 2020

Oh gosh my heart aches for you all. I just saw the news and am heartbroken...for me personally knowing you guys one of my best childhood times/memories in my life, and she was always such a huge presence haha! Whether it was comforting (ex: Me having my first drinking experience with Heather at Kit’s friends New Years party and her not killing us 😂), or intimidating...
knowing she’d give you hell if she needed too (ex: Katherine convincing Heather and I to skip school...in Grade 1 and kindergarten respectively lol!). I may not have really known her as a women as she was my moms friend and I was just a kid....but I always had so much love for Heather and her big sisters, and in their family home felt so safe and always welcome. I’m so sad for you guys she’s gone....but I’m also so happy it sounds like everyone stayed close and had so much love for each other. That is worth more than anything and those memories and all that love will never fade. I love you all and am thinking of you.

And PS it’s kind of funny for me to think maybe she’ll be up there giving my dad a piece of her mind hahahahaha! ❤️

John Van de Pol

4 May 2020

My deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother. I was very proud to have had Kit work with me at Northrock Resources. She had a fabulous smile and was always ready to help when anything was required. She was a pleasure to work with and to know. She will be missed.

John Van de Pol

Jan Hay

29 April 2020

I was so deeply saddened and very shocked to read of Kit's passing in the Calgary Herald.
I knew and worked with Kit for many years in the Oil and Gas Industry and as a course developer and instructor as SAIT.
Our careers crossed paths so many times over the course of 30 years.
Our last meeting was last summer when we met for a very lively lunch and a great expedition at our favorite HomeSense store.
Please know how fondly she spoke of all of you. Her face would light up as she regaled stories of you.
Joe, she always referred to you as the love that carried her to a new level.
Although I have never met any of you in person, the humour filled stories brought you all to life for me.
I am filled with sorrow that I did not know she was ill nor did I have the opportunity to say a final farewell to a beloved colleague, mentor and friend. I will miss her dearly. Her humour and her infectious laugh will stay with me until I meet her again on the other side.
I will pray for compassion and strength to embrace you through this time of sorrow.
God Bless You All,
Jan Hay

Kevin Christie

27 April 2020

My deepest sympathies to Kits family. I worked with Kit at Northrock Resources and she was always the go to person when we needed something. She was pleasant, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.

Adam Grosjean

27 April 2020

Katherine and Heather:
I worked with you and your Mom at Northrock. I was so very sorry to hear of Kit's passing on the weekend. I remember Kit as a happy, outgoing , positive person. She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and her work. Please know, that I am thinking and praying for your peace during this sad time.
Adam Grosjean

Pierre Gendron

26 April 2020

I didn't know Kit. I "troll" obituaries, to make sure I'm not in them, but mostly to check on friends and colleagues. Like Kit, I've written my own obituary and, from items I glean of others, augment it. Kit's obituary was lovely. It made me wish I'd known her. Condolences to her friends and family. I can't help but feel they've lost a very special person.

Karla Luczanko

26 April 2020

When I moved to Calgary close to 35 years ago I knew no one in the city. I moved here because this is where I obtained employment. Kit is among the first set of friendships I formed. We almost became housemates when I found myself facing a critical life changing decision. She was right there for me ready to have her and her family be my surrogate family. Kit and I met through a common interest of self improvement programs and we had many life affirming discussions. Then as life would have it, we drifted away and only on occasion would we randomly bump into each other and have quick chats. Each time, it was like there were no intervening years. In the last month, I found myself thinking often of Kit and wondering how to get in touch with her again, it had been too long and I wasn’t sure if the business card I had located was current. I am taking solace in that my thoughts were with her during her transition from this life. Kit Bright you have a very special place in my heart that is everlasting. You are inspirational to all lives you have touched.

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