A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY

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OBITUARY

Kathryn Ann Gillis

August 15, 1941February 19, 2021
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Passed away after a loving good-bye from family at BGH following complications from surgery.

Beloved wife of Douglas for over 58 years and loving mother to Kimberley and Stephen, she is also survived by her younger brother Douglas (Peggy). Adoring aunt to Jonathan (Jennifer) and Carolyn (Greg) and great aunt to Ben, Regan, Jessica, Robert and Caitie. A retiree of Brant CAS, Kathryn’s career spanned over twenty years. From the beginning, she believed that changed was possible, and that she wanted to be part of the solution. In the early 80's she helped pioneer a support model for young moms and their babes. Starting as an administrative assistant, she and a group of volunteers, applied for the funding that launched the CALM program (Caring Adults and Loving Moms). This was part of the start of community outreach for the agency. With the opening of the FRC, (Family Resource Centre) she was grandfathered-in and became a Children's Services worker. Here she was very involved with the preparation for independence program; a model to teach basic skills to Crown Wards. Her career then took her to the main office were she advocated for teens. Although she retired from the Crown Ward Unit, she returned many times to assist the agency in the preparation for the Crown Ward Review. Kathryn was respected for her hard work and dedication. Her strong work ethic, compassion and desire to serve will not be forgotten. In her spare time Kathryn could often be found in various ice rinks, across southern Ontario and south of the border, both as a spectator and volunteer for the Brantford Church Hockey League and the Brant Figure Skating Club. Taking on the role of stage director for Flashing Blades went hand in hand with getting up at the crack of dawn to make and sell breakfast sandwiches at the BCHL Tournament of Friends. In warmer temperatures, she also enjoyed acting as scorekeeper at t-ball games. Born with a talent for knitting and sewing Kathryn discovered a passion for all things quilting. Her friends in Paris are rumoured to already miss her “sew” much. Trips to Greece and Italy with Doug were particularly happy times filled with adventure. Kathryn will be remembered for her desire to help any friend in need, her devotion to family and her love of giving unsolicited advice. She was also an Ottawa kid and we’d be remiss if we didn’t share one of Kathryn’s most long-held and unwavering views: “Anyone but the Habs.” Friends will be received at the "THORPE BROTHERS' FUNERAL HOME", 96 West St., On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 4-6pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, 9 Waverly St., Brantford on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 11am. If you would like to attend either of these events you must first RSVP by calling 519-759-2211 to book an available time slot for visiting or for a seat at Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared below.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

Memories

Kathryn Ann Gillis

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Amy Flanagan

February 28, 2021

I worked with Kathryn at the Brant CAS back in the 90s She was a lovely lady, always helping her co-workers and so wonderful with the children & youth she worked with!!!
I remember she was so proud of her family! I am sorry for your loss!
Amy Flanagan (nee, Ireland)

Elaine McBane

February 25, 2021

Doug,Kim and Steven
Doug and Peggy (Kelcher)
It is with a heavy heart that I am sending my condolences to you by mail and not being able to be there in person.
Kathryn and Doug and brother Doug Kelcher (Peggy) so graciously made trips to Ottawa, Pembroke and
Quyon Quebec to say good bye to first cousins... .Our entire
McBane family did appreciate their presence..

Prayers and thoughts are with you,
Jean Kennedy and family
Elaine McBane



Wanda Vella

February 25, 2021

To Doug and family,
It is with a heavy heart that I write this. I was shocked to hear of Kathryn's passing. My sincerest condolences for the loss of this no-nonsense, yet compassionate woman who will live on in the hearts of those who had the honour of knowing her. May your many happy memories comfort you in the days ahead.
Keeping you all in my prayers. Hugs, Wanda Vella (BrantCAS coworker)

John Wade

February 24, 2021

John Wade
24 February 2021

Doug, Kim and Stephen,
We were truly saddened to hear of the passing of Kathryn.
Living in Ottawa our encounters were infrequent but we could always count on lots of great laughs and stories.
Kathryn was truly a beautiful person .
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family.

John & Evelyne
Ottawa

Nikki Maurer(Mackay)

February 24, 2021

Dear Doug, Kim and Stephen,
I was am so sorry to hear of your family's loss. I have fond memories of your family and spending time together at your house when we were growing up. Your mom was an amazing person! She was a proud and skating and hockey mom. She had such a big caring heart. My condolences to all of you.

Nikki Maurer

Paula Loube

February 24, 2021

Kathryn was like mother earth!! She was so great to me when I broke my ankle - she was happy to take me around to my physio and also visit and just have a talk (1996). At Brant FACS her desk was just outside my office and I think we became even closer. She was all about the kids. Her crown wards were like her dear family. She was so involved in their lives and helped them in any way. We will miss you so much Kathryn but I have very fond memories of you - your smile and your laugh.

Mary Miller

February 24, 2021

I think of Kathryn at the Etonia Church where quilters gathered twice a month to sew and socialize. She always said hello and checked in to see how my current quilting project was going and ask what trouble I was up to lately. :-) Sometimes if I spoke to her on the phone I would jokingly greet her with "Hi Trouble, it's Chaos", how are you doing?" Kathryn was very knowledgeable and involved in the Paris Quilting Bees Outreach program. I will miss seeing her at Etonia. My heartfelt sympathy to her family.
Mary Miller

dianne kealey

February 24, 2021

Dear Doug, Kim and Stephen,
I truly regret not being able to be with you at this very sad time. Kathryn would be so proud of all of you.

...So many memories. Our families enjoyed many memorable moments growing up in Ottawa. Plenty of laughter and food were on the menu when the Kelchers and Wades congregated in the kitchen! After Kathryn left Ottawa, she and I shared many phone calls - sometimes happy news, sometimes sad news but always ...so glad to hear from you. Kathryn's last call to me on Dec 31 began with Happy Birthday Dianne.
True loving memories have no endings ...
Cousin Dianne

Michael and Lorraine Wade

February 24, 2021

Kathryn was a kind and lovely person. She always took the time to call her Uncle Copps and Aunt Anne in Ottawa . My father (Copps Wade) would always say, you know it is Christmas because I just received a Christmas cake from Kathryn.

Our condolences to all, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Michael & Lorraine Wade
Ottawa

William and Eileen Country

February 24, 2021

We know that this must be a very difficult and demanding time for you all. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers, you have our deepest and sincerest sympathy. As the Irish proverb says, "words are very few, deep thoughts and memories we will always keep and may they stay with you. " Bill and Eileen, Ottawa

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