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Catharine Jean BUCKINGHAM
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CATHARINE JEAN BUCKINGHAM (Cathy) October 16, 1956 - March 26, 2021 Called by her angels on Friday, March 26, 2021, peacefully with her family by her side. Survived by the love of her life, Denis Galbraith, daughter Courtney (Dan Harriss), son Brett (Lindsey Hogan). Grandmother of six beautiful granddaughters; Huntley, Madelyn, Blake, Briar, Tatum and Halle. Daughter of Bruce and Jean (Hislop). Sister to Robert (Brenda), Ian (Tammy) and Debbie (Norm, predeceased). Aunt to Tegan (Phil), Jesslyn, Danielle, Sara, Jessica, William, Rob (Krista) and Kristina. Cathy fought a hard and courageous battle against ovarian cancer. True to her spirit, she did so with incredible grace and stoicism. Cathy was best known for her unwavering kindness, generosity and love of her family, friends and career. She lived her life for her family and spent the entirety of it doing whatever she could to build a beautiful life for her children and grandchildren. She was the most devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and wife. For anyone fortunate enough to have known her, knew that she lived her life for others. Her spirit was unique, full of love and pure kindness and she instilled incredible values that will be passed on through generations to come. Born in downtown Toronto, Cathy grew up in Scarborough. She attended Guildwood Public School and then High School at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate where she was voted student President. Cathy swam competitively at the Scarborough Swim Club and ran with the Scarborough Optimist's. She competed at the Miss Toronto Pageant and was voted first runner up. Cathy graduated from the University of Western Ontario and then began her career at Bell Canada. She had a passion for business and community, and through that passion built an incredibly successful company in Barrie Ontario, TNR Industrial Doors. Under her leadership as President and CEO, TNR Doors became the largest rubber door manufacturer in the world. Many awards were earned by Cathy over the years from the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, to many Industrial Door Association accolades. She was awarded the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year and was named one of the most Influential Canadian Woman Entrepreneurs, by Profit magazine. While Cathy's work life was full of many recognitions, she will be most remembered for her devotion to people. All people were deserving of her love no matter their background, gender, work or financial position. She possessed an inherent ability to make everyone feel listened to, respected, worthy and appreciated. And whether the conversation led to a mentorship opportunity, a learning experience or just a word of friendship, Cathy was fully engaged. She was an avid contributor to various local and global charities including the Circle at the Centre, Memorial Square, United Way, YMCA, Princess Margaret and many others. She had a fond love of nature, swimming, skiing, travel, reading/learning, politics, charity and all animals. Her smile, hug and genuine nature could heal anyone's broken heart. She is deeply missed as the matriarch of our family, but her legacy will live on. A private funeral will take place for the family on Tuesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. which will be live streamed to the Carson Funeral Home Youtube Channel. A public celebration of life will take place when we can gather. It was Cathy's wish that memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations to Ovarian Cancer research or Princess Margaret Hospital. Personal pages have been setup in Cathy's honour. http://bit.ly/CathyBuckingham or https://supportthepmcf.ca/ui/PDPMemorial/p/cc2aee68c85e4c00bff756e2e75e7310#.YGQEOXlIwQw.link Arrangements entrusted to the Doolittle Chapel of Carson Funeral Home, 54 Coldwater St. E., Orillia (705)326-3595. Online Messages of Condolence are welcome at www.CarsonFuneralHomes.com

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Apr. 3 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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April 6, 2021
One of the many wonderful comments expressed at Cathy’s virtual Celebration of Life was that she was an “Investor in People”. Nancy and I are examples of that sentiment. She and her very good friend Lawna arranged for a special “introduction” at the Crazy Fox fourteen years ago. Cathy certainly invested in us as Nancy and I have been together ever since. You were the brightest of Stars in everything you did and who you met. We love you and will always miss you Cathy.

Our loving thoughts remain with Denis and family.

Richard Upshall and Nancy Knowles
Richard Upshall
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April 6, 2021
Cathy was such a kind and generous woman. She was fair and friendly and earned the respect of everyone she met. She achieved so many incredible things both personally and professionally. Cathy will be dearly missed. Sending our love and support to her wonderful family.
Cory & Sarah Scott
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April 6, 2021
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April 6, 2021
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Cathy Willis
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April 5, 2021
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Bill and Denise Herbert
April 3, 2021
I am stunned and saddened to hear of Cathy's passing. I have fond memories of swimming, skiing, cheerleading & "hanging out" with Cathy in high school. She was a Beautiful person inside & out. My sincere condolences to Denis and Family & the entire Buckingham Family.
Janis Evanoff
Janis Evanoff
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April 3, 2021
Truly sad to hear that Cathy is no longer with us! A former student who taught both my sons swimming at Laurier C.I. She will always be remembered for her charm, kindness and warmth! You will always be in our thoughts!
Connie Mandala
April 3, 2021
Sincere condolences from the Grimbly family.
Paul Grimbly
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March 31, 2021
Beyond sad that Cathy’s beautiful light will no longer shine. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known and worked with her both at M&I and TNR. Sincere condolences to Denis, Courtney, Brett and family.
Barry Wood
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