Kate passed away peacefully in her home with her loving partner of 33 years, Ruth and kitty, Reg, beside her. Her passing was painless and without medication. Predeceased by parents Elizabeth Graham (originally from Hazel Grove, Manchester), and John Hull of Hamilton. Kate leaves loving siblings, Rebecca Faber (Brent) of Mass, and Iain Graham of Barrie. Very loved daughter-in-law to Anna Jamieson (predeceased by 8 days) and Ron Olivier. Beloved sister-in-law to Faye & Enzo Ingribelli and much loved nephews, Vincenzo & Nicholas. Sadly missed by Aunt Brenda, Uncle Blake, Aunt Barbara, and Uncle George. Kate will be fondly remembered by cousins Mark, Travis, Keith, John, David, George, Melanie (Dennis), Lesley (Jeff) and Jane. Equally missed by extended family Jan, Edo, Elizabeth, Ingrid (Mitch). Kate was “Auntie” Kate to so many - Nicole, Katie, Hannah, Anna, Sandra, Victoria, Bennett, Brooklyn, Riley, Kaelin, Daniel, and Selina.
Kate retired in October 2022 from a very successful career with the Ministry of the Attorney General as an Assistant Crown Attorney in the Barrie office. Loved and admired by Crowns, Defense Lawyers, Judges, Support Staff, Police and countless other professionals whose lives were touched by her competent, steady, generous, and intelligent approach to all aspects of her career. Kate was a teacher and an example for so many. An avid and prolific reader of history, Kate was thoughtful and eager to teach, to ruminate on life and explore important questions. Her partner, Ruth, was generously exposed to battlefield tours, trenches, Civil War cannons in cornfields, countless museums and fields of war graves. Kate could have taught university history without opening a book, she was that knowledgeable. Those that knew Kate, also knew that she enjoyed hockey--she played women's hockey until her MS diagnosis in 2005, her team winning Silver in Ontario Women's Senior D League. Kate, a lifelong Habs fan, also enjoyed football, soccer, baseball, and curling.
Despite various health challenges over the years, Kate persisted bravely, with a determination infused with her quiet resolve and dry sense of humour. Her office antics were appreciated and brought smiles to many a conversation over beers at The Bull & Barrel Pub. Kate touched lives deeply and we all miss her so very much. For such a quiet spoken person, her voice and thoughts wrapped us all in a conversation of intelligence, caring conviction, and gentle humour.
Ruth and Kate shared 33 years of love, life, travel, art, family, friends, cottage, cryptic crosswords, and always, beloved kitties. So grateful for Kate, for a life so well lived, for every day in her company, in her heart. I celebrate that love.
Kate wanted a celebration of life at the Bull & Barrel Pub which will be held next Spring/Summer once the outdoor patio is open. Donations can be made to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. https://donate.sunnybrook.ca/gord
Special thanks to Dr. Farhad Pirouzmand, Head Neurosurgeon, James Perry, Neuro-oncologist. Dr. Maher, Neurologist, Winnie Jones, Kathy, Hospice, Victoria, Sandra, and the many PSW's from St. Elizabeth's, Jennifer Sneddon HCC, Nurse Kirstie Nevitt, Bayshore, Dr. H. DeBoer, Sara Desroches, Gilda's Club Stage 4 Support Group.
Pages could be filled thanking all the wonderful and generous friends, co-workers and family who jumped in and continued to help through the past nineteen months. Gratitude, love and so many hugs go out to all of you.