Katherine COLTART
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Passed away peacefully at Residence Bon-Secours, Montreal, on October 14, 2020. Born in Hamilton, ON, Katherine was the daughter of the late John Coltart and Gladys McCallum. She will be greatly missed by her twin sister Marjorie Randal and her cherished nephews and nieces, her CND family and many good friends. After a 35 year career as teacher and school principal in the Hamilton area, Katherine entered the Congregation of Notre Dame and made her religious profession in 1990. She taught in several schools in the Montreal area, eventually becoming a pastoral animator in the schools. Katherine was then responsible for the religious education program at St Patrick's Basilica in Montreal for many years where she received the Monsignor Breen Medal in 2011 in recognition of her contribution to the parish. When her health no longer permitted active involvement, Katherine continued her lifelong dedication to education by committing herself to the mission of prayer for catechists and the children they teach. Due to COVID -19, the wake and funeral service will be held at a later date. Any donation to her memory can be made to St Patrick's Basilica Soup Kitchen. Rest in Peace, Katherine.

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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 19, 2020
You were my principal for 4 yrs of my life and made quite an impact on me and other young women. You were very fair, kind, tough when you needed to be. I was lucky to have you in our school. To this I say , thank you!
Vicki
October 18, 2020
I first met Katherine in the early 1970s when she was the director of the Religious Education programme at St. Mary Magdalene's Anglican Church in Toronto. It was in the context of the numinous worship of that parish that she developed a love of the Catholic faith, a devotion to Our Lady, and an appreciation for the religious life. That ultimately saw its fulfillment in her submission to the Holy See and in the end her pursuit of a religious vocation with the Congregation de Notre Dame. Katherine was a very private person. I first learned her parents' names when I read this obituary. How surprising, too, it was when I received that letter from her Congregation asking for a letter of recommendation. She had given me no previous hint that she was considering this move. Yet she was my impetus for weighing, testing, and ultimately deciding to go into teaching. She was the godmother to many, I am sure, including to our daughter, Margaret. My older children remember with fondness her frequent visits on a Saturday morning with MacDonald's big breakfasts for everybody. When she relocated to Ottawa and then later to Montreal we looked forward to her visits back to Toronto and our excuses to visit her in the houses where she made her abode. As a teacher I modelled my programming after her innovative and frequent recourse to the arts, and especially drama to bring learning alive. She had a stubborn streak but God knows how to bend that to His will. She need now only lay down her head upon Our Redeemer's breast and find in Him that resting-place prepared for her.
Glen E Molto
Friend
October 18, 2020
It is with great sadness that I read of Kath’s Passing. I reentered the work force in the late 70s and was placed in Kath Coltart’s school as a secretary. She knew I had young school aged children and insisted that I attend any special assemblies in which they were taking part. What boss would do this today?
I was promoted over the years and eventually landed the senior secretary position at girls’ vocational secondary school at which Kath was the principal. Imagine my joy. I was back with the person whom I had earlier admired.
She used to sit beside my desk and dictate to me while I typed. So informal but I loved it.
She was the kindest, most generous person. I still have all the letters and cards she sent me. She hated goodbyes and the June she left (retired) she never said good bye to me but left a beautiful letter on my desk.
I will never forget her.
Gail Whitelaw
Coworker
October 18, 2020
Our family is very proud of the accomplishments of our Aunt Kath. After 35 years in public education, she retired as Principal of Agnes MacPhail Vocational School in Hamilton. She was also a very active parishioner of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto. She then entered the CND religious order, continuing her work in religious education for many years at St. Patrick's Basilica, Montreal. Aunt Kath will be sadly missed.
Michael Randall
Family
October 18, 2020
Our family is very proud of the accomplishments of our Aunt Kath. After 35 years in public education, she retired as Principal of Agnes MacPhail Vocational School in Hamilton. She then entered her religious order, continuing her work in religious education for many years at St. Patrick's Basilica in Montreal. She will be sadly missed.
Michael
Family
October 18, 2020
May the Angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you into the holy city of Jerusalem. May the choirs of Angels receive you and, with Lazarus, who once was poor, may you enter eternal rest.
Thank you Kath for your example, your constant prayers, your guidance, and your unending love to me throughout my life. Forever you will remain in my heart. May your soul rest in peace and rise in glory !
Your Godson.
Jason Malott
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