Kathryn "Kathy" Brennand

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KATHRYN 'KATHY' BRENNAND Kathryn 'Kathy' Joan Brennand, of Burlington, ON, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, April 2, 2011 at the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington after a 3-year battle with colon cancer. Born in Toronto, Ontario on November 28, 1946, she was the youngest of three daughters to Bill and Margie Brennand.  She will forever remain in our hearts as a loving mother and grammie, remarkable sister, unforgettable friend and a gifted and passionate educator.  Mom, Kathy or 'Ms. B.' touched the lives of everyone around her.  She had a contagious enthusiasm for life and an ability to put all at ease with her quirky sense of humour and flair for the dramatic! Kathy will be missed by her son Jason, with his wife Lindsay and almost-here granddaughter 'Josie'; her daughter Tanya, with her husband Matt, grandson Thomas and granddaughter Zoe; her sister Barb; her sister Shirley, with her husband Ron, as well as her many nieces, nephews and their families.  We would like to thank all of our thoughtful and ever-present friends and neighbours for their support and companionship before and during Kathy's illness.  Finally, sincere thanks go to the dedicated, compassionate staff and volunteers of the Carpenter Hospice.  They allowed Kathy's final few weeks of life to be full of dignity, grace and love and provided tremendous support to our family.  In lieu of flowers, all are welcome to join 'Team Brennand' in the HIKE FOR HOSPICE on May 1, 2011 downtown Burlington at Spencer Smith Park. To make a donation to the Carpenter Hospice in Kathy's name or to join 'Team Brennand', please visit: www.thecarpenterhospice.com  and follow the 'Special Events' link on the left or contact Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel (905-637-5233) or www.dbburlington.ca directly. This summer, we will be gathering to celebrate our wonderful Kathy and have a glass (or two!) of wine in her memory.  'The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.'

Published in the Toronto Star from Apr. 4 to Apr. 9, 2011
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