We are so very sorry that it is at Cathy's passing that we are reconnected after all these many years. You and your family have our deepest sympathy. You were always such a dear, valued and respected friend in high school. We even got to share a short time together at Humboldt State University. But since that time it sounds like you and Cathy made a wonderful life together. We are very sorry that we never got to know her. We hope that there will be a time in the near future when we can catch up with you but please know that we will continue to remember you and your family in our prayers.
Gary & Family - we loved getting to know Cathy on our rafting trip, she was a joy to be around and always made us smile! You and your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary, We are so sorry we missed hearing about Cathy till today. We know she will be missed. We wish you the best. We saw her just before your trip, with her siblings in the driveway while she was getting her mothers items together. Take Care, and stop in when you're in town.
Dear Gary, Geoff, and Taira -
Although the opportunities we had to be with Cathy were limited by distance, each time we were with her, we saw how much love and affection she had for Gary and your children. When we told our kids of her passing they remembered the Newman family visit to our house when they were young, and the big picnic we all shared along the McCloud River. It was a beautiful summer day and that is how we will remember Cathy
Dear Gary, Geoff and Taira ~
It was so good to receive your note yesterday. If I can ever do anything for you I am only a phone call away.
It is still difficult to believe that such a beautiful soul has gone to be with the Lord so young.
I have been reading some of the such treasured Christmas letters from you and Cathy. The synopses of your beautiful life are legacies for you and all of the rest of us.
With love and prayers to you all ~
Dear Gary, Geoff and Taira ~
I thank you so much for your note that I received yesterday. I am so glad that Taira is able to be with you this summer- you will be such support and comfort for each other. If there should ever be anything at all that I can do for you- just simply ask.
I have been reading some of your Christmas letters: creative literary treasures that have blessed me so much! "The Newman's Rhyme For Christmas Time" of 1989...news of Geoff on the way...your close call in San Francisco- --1990's "Sands through the Hourglass..." Geoff arrives and you move to Seattle...so many synopses of your beautiful life together.
Dear Gary, Geoff, and Taira,
Steve and I were sadden to hear of Cathy's passing. We only met Cathy once, in Dallas. I'm pretty sure you guys had just announced your engagement. I always felt bad that we did not make it out to Gary's party in Seattle years back. It is our loss that we never got to know Cathy. I can tell by the pictures posted that she lived a very full life and that you enjoy many memories. If there is anything we can do for you guys, let us know. You are in our thoughts and prayers Steve and Kathy Ruth
Dear Gary and Family,
I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news of Cathy's passing. Her dedication to her family and zest for life will be missed. She made everyone around her feel like a valued friend. Each year I looked forward to her Christmas newsletter recapping your family's travels and life events.
Gary, my deepest condolences to your family. May God grant you peace.
What a terrible shock that was. We were deeply saddened when we heard the news of this tragic event and have thought about it sorrowfully and tearfully every day since then.
Cathy was such a lively fun person, energetic and athletic. Just so unfair to lose her so young and many people will be at a loss.
The choice of charities also shows her high concern for helping others and doing the right thing. We will remember her in all the best ways, enjoying life, while being a great mother, bringing up two children in her likeness. Thanks for Cathy's contributions to everything she did.
Our deepest heartfelt condolences to Gary, Geoffrey and Taira.
Philip and Lynne Wolstenholme, Atlanta GA
Dear Gary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Dear Gary and family,
I am so saddened by Cathy's passing. She was a wonderful person and will always be remembered for her kindness and spirit.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, and all of those that she called friend. Thinking of you.
Cathy's essence will live on in the hearts of all of us who knew and loved her. Geoff and Taira, I know you'll pass on her spirit to your own kids someday and in that way she will always be present and never forgotten. Her adventurous and fun loving nature has always been a part of her throughout the years I knew her. Cathy and I shared many good times and experiences while we were raising our children. Laughter was almost always involved. The way she lived her life was always an inspiration to me. Overwhelmingly, the most important thing to her was always her family. It showed in her protective nature and her dedication to their welfare and happiness. Gary, your marriage to Cathy always seemed based on friendship, respect and a shared love for adventure. Even though her life ended way too soon, she lived more than most of us do in a longer lifetime. To me she will always be a shining example of how one should live a good life and the things that should be most important… devoting yourself to family, experiencing and sharing new discoveries of the world with them and the giving of your time to serve important causes. She had all the elements of a good life. I will always miss, admire, and keep fond memories of her friendship and kindness in my heart.
I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy was an amazing person, with such a joy for life. My thoughts are with you.
Dearest Gary and family,
Sitting in the blue water of Havasu with Cathy with both of us laughing, sharing, getting to know each other and admiring God's presence and beauty around us is something I will always cherish in my heart. Cathy was my river sister. I was attracted to her kind heart, big smile, love of life and family, good humor and how she shared herself with everyone.
With love and prayers, Joanie
Cathy immediately began ribbing me on the first day's hike. She helped-no insisted that I hike hands free over those rocks and boulders. She had several lively comments in the evening when I was having flashlight mishaps in my swim suit pocket. We came to love you both.
Peace and condolences, Bruce
Gary, I am very sorry for your loss and express my hear felt condolences. Thank you for sharing the amazing pictures in the photo gallery. Your lovely Cathy clearly lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all who knew her. Peace be with you.
Gary, Taira and Geoff,
I am so deeply saddened by Cathy's passing. She was a true friend, with a huge heart. She touched so many lives with her kindness, generosity and beautiful spirit. I know you will miss her terribly, but I believe she will continue to watch over you all. She was loved by so many. Please know that you are not alone in your time of sorrow. I can't be at the services with you today but I will be with you in spirit. Farewell, Cathy!
So very sorry Gary, Geoff and Taira. Will always remember good times during the Viewlands Elementary Days. I loved Cathy's wit and love for writing.
Dear Gary and Family, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. I only met Cathy once but she struck me as a wonderful and kind woman. I have known Gary since High School in Tustin and my thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.
Maggie and Jim Lynch (Portland, OR)
Dear Taira & Family,
We are shocked and saddened to hear of your mother's death. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Most sincerely, The DeRubeis Family (Jenna)
Dear Gary, Geoff & Taira,
We were shocked and overcome by sorrow when we received your message last Friday. Gary, we have been close friends since we were young boys. I was honored and privileged to witness and celebrate your marriage to Cathy that day in Texas. The happiness I saw that day has never faded. Barbara and I have been equally honored to grow a lasting friendship with you, Cathy and your family … and followed the adventures of your family and life together. It so rare to see families who enjoy and love each other as much as yours. This is a true testament to Cathy as a wife, mother and person.
Words cannot capture how sorry were are for this huge loss. Cathy's overwhelming smile and energy is how I will always remember her. You will all remain in our thoughts & prayers ... and will pray that in time, God will replace your feelings of sadness with memories of happiness and love that I know she had for all of you.
Cathy was a big help when we were first starting the 5K for Healthy Kidneys and she remained a big supporter of ASF. I am so sorry that the world has lost such a caring and fearless women. My heart goes out to Gary, Taira, Geoff and all her family.
Dear Gary, Geoff and Taira,
I had the privilege of standing next to Gary on the day he married Cathy. I have known Gary for almost 40 years, and that remains one of the happiest days I have ever experienced with him. Over the years, we got to know Cathy – the wonderful person that she was, the loving wife, caring mother, and friend to all. Her vivacity and willingness to jump in and “do” when things needed to be done far surpassed my experience with any other person in my life. The suddenness of her passing has caught us all unprepared, but our memories of her will last our lifetimes. Karen and I join you in your sorrow, and please know that we are holding you all in our hearts and our thoughts.
Dear Newman Family,
We are so very sorry for your loss. Cathy was a wonderful and adventurous woman, and it was an absolute privilege to spend time with her. Her love for her family was very visible, and she spoke so highly of all the great things that Taira and Geoff were doing. Her kindness, generosity and encouragement will not be forgotten. Please know we are thinking of you and sending our love during this difficult time.