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Catharine ALLIBON
1939 - 2021
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CATHARINE (CATHY) CHRISTENE ALLIBON (McNEIL) Born July 21, 1939 in Strathroy, Ontario. Passed away peacefully on January 10, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years Donald Kerry Allibon. Loving mother to Virginia, Mike and Heather. Proud grandmother to Matthew, Megan, William, and Robbie. Wonderful Aunt to Trevor, Jennifer, Ryan, Lindsay, and Kerry. Our Mom grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario. She was the first person in her family to graduate from university, after which she moved to Toronto and first worked, and later taught nursing, at Mount Sinai Hospital. After raising her three children, our Mom returned to nursing, providing comfort, care and compassion for her patients. Our Mom was a gifted musician. As a teenager she was the pianist and organist for her church, which developed into a lifetime passion for music. From the sounds of Mozart to Oscar Peterson, music could always be heard in our house. Known as "Kay" to many who knew her, she was loving and loyal to her many friends. As our Dad's partner in life, our Mom supported our Dad in countless ways throughout their 56 years of marriage, including being a caregiver for our Dad right up to the last days of her life. As our Mother, she was our guiding light. She taught us the power of unconditional love, the importance of kindness and empathy - especially for those less fortunate than ourselves, and that genuine curiosity and compassion for people was a virtue. We would like to thank the staff at Ian Anderson House for making our Mom's final days peaceful and comfortable. A Celebration of our Mom's life will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, we encourage you to consider a donation in our Mom's name to Ian Anderson House.

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2021.
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January 14, 2021
What a beautifully written tribute to your mom. Many condolences to you and your family.
Afsha
January 14, 2021
Sincere condolences to Kerry and his family. I worked with Kerry for many years in the industry and met for lunch at Christmas time to celebrate our birthdays after retirement. I was trying to get in touch with Kerry last year but no one knew where he was. I would be glad to hear how he is doing.
Carl Searle
Coworker
January 14, 2021
Many wonderful memories of a special lady. Love to all of you.
Pat Dobec
Friend
January 14, 2021
She was a gentle soul. I never saw her without a smile. I will miss her.
Taija Siegle
Friend
January 14, 2021
goodbye sweet Kay,my classmate in nursing.There are so many great memories of those 3 years in training.
Paula Smith
Classmate
January 14, 2021
Hugs to you all. I have lovely memories of your mum. She was a caregiver to me too in my early 20's when my own mother was not well. I will never forget that time and all the wonderful meals she gave me as "leftovers that I don't know what to do with." she was a very very special lady and I know her legacy of love and family first will show through in the years to come through her children and grandchildren.
katharine Caza
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