A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home

217 Portland Street, Dartmouth, NS


Kathleen Elizabeth Spilek

September 11, 1970September 16, 2019

There wasn't a hiking trail Kathleen didn't like, a geocache she didn't want to find, or an adventure she backed down from. Having battled and slain many a dragon, enjoyed camping at parks around this great country, laughed, drank and smiled with friends and family despite rainy weather camp weekends, Kathleen Spilek's last battle was the hardest. On September 16th her almost five-year battle with cancer has come to an end. She was 49.

Kathleen was the oldest of four children born to parents Dominic and Diane Spilek on September 11, 1970 in Bancroft, Ont. Kathleen had been involved in Girl Guides for 25 years, 22 of those as a leader. Through her leadership and sense of adventure, she believed in the empowerment, advancement and facilitation of girls to become the strong, independent women she knew they could become. Kathleen is survived by her husband, Eric Wynne; children, Kassia and Evan Wynne; sisters, Christine O'Toole (Eric O'Toole), Colleen Spilek (Reid Cochrane); brother, Jason (Christine Sawyer); nieces, Dominique, Jillian, Inessa Spilek and Maddison and Chantal Sawyer, Amanda Wynne; and sister-in-law, Deborah Kuehl (Bryan). Kathleen is also survived by parents, Dominic and Diane Spilek; mother-in-law, Kay Wynne; numerous cousins and their partners; as well as many aunts, uncles, and their partners.

Kathleen enjoyed the fun and adventures with her friends, neighbours, fellow Girl Guide and Scout leaders, and of her "work family" as she lived in her adopted province of Nova Scotia for the last 21 years. While she was battling her initial rectal cancer, and subsequent metastasized cancer, Kathleen began educating and informing family, friends and anyone who would listen to the value of early detection and advocating for one's own health. The family would like to thank the staff, nurses and doctors at Dartmouth General, the Halifax Infirmary, QEII, the Dickson Cancer Centre and lastly the Palliative Care floor at the Centennial Building for buying us more time with Kathleen at the end of her journey with cancer.

A visitation will occur at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. A short reception will follow.Cremation will occur after. A final funeral and burial will occur in St. Ignatius Parish in Maynooth, Ont., the following week. To remember Kathleen, please make a donation to a GoFundMe campaign to set up self-perpetuating post-secondary scholarships for girls enrolled in Girl Guides at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/1pagugrzqo?member=2603732 Kathleen's family would also like to continue to educate on early detection of colorectal cancer by getting tested. In many provinces, once you turn 50, the provincial health department sends out a test kit. Kathleen was diagnosed with Stage 2 rectal cancer at the age of 44. Early detection at any age is key to battling cancer. Find out more information at: http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/reduce-cancer-risk/find-cancer-early/get-screened-for-colorectal-cancer/?region=on

"The universe has to move forward. Pain and loss, they define us as much as happiness or love. Whether it's a world, or a relation ship... Everything has its time. And everything ends."


  • Visitation Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, September 19, 2019


Kathleen Elizabeth Spilek

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joan smith

September 19, 2019

just heard the news... heartbroken for you her family... I knew Kathleen through girl guides and will forever see her with that beautiful smile on her face. She was so passionate in wanting to help the girls become strong independant leaders in their own right. If there was a camp and they needed a volunteer,,, kathleens name seemed to be in there. As in First nations custom, will put out tobacco prayers for her swift journey to creator.. She will be met there with open arms.. leaving us here on Mother Earth to grieve.. Happy I got the chance to know her. Loving hugs to you all, her family and freinds. joan smith

Wm. Dean Davis

September 19, 2019

Although Larraine and never had the privof knowing you, we certainly can relate to the struggle you went through. Larraine found out very suddenly she had what they called 'stage 4' cancer, and was taken for immediate surgery. Although that was two years ago, we still travel often to Peterborough for chechups with her oncologist. We do know your wonderful parents, and of course Jason. May The Almighty be with all the family at this time. You, Kathleen, are now free from pain and safe in the arms of Jesus.

Katherine Hickey

September 19, 2019

Eric, Kassia, Evan and family,

Please accept my condolences with the passing of Kathleen.
I admire her strength and determination and I will try to follow the advice she gave me about looking after myself. Thank you to Kathleen for caring.


Deanna Wilmshurst

September 19, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Kathleen at HRM and was impressed with her knowledge and professionalism. But more importantly she always had a big smile, a positive attitude and made time to chat. Big hugs for all.

Sally Christie

September 19, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. Although we did not work together long, I admired her willingness to help and her strength to deal with her disease. She was so warm and accommodating. My thoughts go out to you.

Mike Beamish

September 18, 2019

To Eric, Kassia and Evan, remember the good times and know that the pain is over. Kathleen was a great help in my journey, she was the strongest person I have ever met.

Wendy Russell

September 18, 2019

Kathleen managed to jam at least 100 years of living into her 49 years on earth! She lived large because she loved life. And she never stopped fighting to keep it. For those reasons, she'll always have our deepest respect.
And to her family and friends (of whom we are 2), our sadness for their great loss. With love, Dennis and Wendy Russell

Anita Thomas

September 17, 2019

I'm so very sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing. The depth of strength and resilience you all showed was admirable. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all, I wish we were closer, but you made us feel that we were. From the bottom of my heart, my sincerest condolences to you all. We wish you all the best through this very difficult time. Love Anita, Patrick, Marisa and Lucas. xo