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BROWN, Catherine (Cathy)

October 13, 1951 – Calgary, AB
August 28, 2017 – Calgary, AB

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Catherine Brown, beloved mother of Austin, and sister to Penny, Margaret, Leslie, and Ian. Surrounded by close family, Catherine passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 65 years of age.

Catherine grew up in Calgary, and became an accomplished interior designer before choosing to study education and psychology. For more than twenty years Catherine worked several children’s mental health programs, spending most of that time in school based mental health. As a liaison between schools and mental health programs, she provided consultation, case management, training, program development, and school placement recommendations for students with mental health concerns. Catherine was known as a tireless advocate for students, parents, teachers, and therapists. She was most passionate about helping people find ways to work together to improve the lives of children.

In her spare time Catherine was an avid patron of the arts, and enjoyed painting, gardening, and travelling. In addition to her work and hobbies, she managed to find time for every need of a peculiar and often insufferable young boy, who grew into an eccentric and slightly less insufferable young man. This man also happens to be her son, who will love her forever with all of his heart.

The people in Catherine’s life had the great pleasure of enjoying her tenacity, sense of humor, endless patience, and compassion. Beyond that she will easily be remembered for an infinitely chic sense of style. Catherine is survived by her son, three sisters, brother, daughter in law, three nieces, nephew, and all of their wonderful children. She also leaves behind her friends and close colleagues, who she loved like family. All of whom felt closer to her than these words can convey.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 10:30am. Open reception to follow at Catherine’s Home, between 12:30 and 5:30pm. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to either the CKUA radio network at, or the Calgary International Children’s Festival at

In living memory of Catherine Brown, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Amanda Richardson :

    The heavens have a strong, beautiful and stylish new angel. Love and light to all those she has touched.

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  2. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and you family, Margret.

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  3. I didn’t actually pass a lot of time with your mum, but for a wisp of a thing she had a mighty powerful presence. I found her to be a woman of few words, but her words had an impact. I loved her wry wit. After the theatre we would sit around and discuss many things, but the one topic that came up repeatedly was her thoughts about how we should all live in sort of hippy type commune when we were unable to live independently. I was in!
    We shared a love of Volkswagon campervans, of which, I happen to have one. Our last outing together was in the spring when the tow aging hippy chics went in the VW for a picnic in brag Creek.
    I loved your mum’s gentle strength and will miss our always very meaningful chats.
    Austin, you were the love of her life as was Jasmine. I know she was so happy you had your wedding when you did. On my last visit with her she shared the pics with tremendous love.
    My heart is with you and Jasmine.

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  4. Vicki (Blunden) Wearmouth :

    I knew Cathy many, many years ago. The family lived at the end of the block where I spent many a fun hour, especially with younger sister, Leslie. We lost touch over the years, after the family moved to Charleswood and then out of the City for a while. I’ve often wondered what happened to my blonde friends or where they ended up. It’s so very sad to find out in this manner. My condolences to the entire family.

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  5. Angie Dixon (Grandma) :

    Austin and Jasmine – Loosing Mom at any time is so hard and sad. It really is like the centre of your world goes on tilt and takes time to right it’s self. My love and the love of all your family is there to help you grieve and heal. Time becomes your best friend.
    Just wish I had got to know Catherine more. My condolence to all at this time.

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  6. Mary Thorsteinsson Dluhy :

    Dear Austin, I worked with your mom for several years on the Student Response Team, which met every Friday morning at CBE Parkdale. My specialty was Child Protective Services Social Work. Catherine always impressed me with her astute knowledge of children’s mental health and understanding of systems and collaboration. Plus Catherine added humour to an otherwise dark roundtable discussion. Sandy Taylor Tran, Catherine and I were lunch buddies and shared many fun times. Catherine contacted me at MASST, when you were interested in learning more about a law enforcement career. She loved you dearly and I am so sorry for your loss. I miss Catherine, her gentle ways and her wisdom.

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  7. Lloyd and Dawna Evans :

    We want to express our deepest sympathy Leslie, to you and your extended family. It was wonderful that you were with Catherine and that you were all such a comfort to her in her journey. We are thinking of you all and wish you all strength and peace now and in your future.

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  8. Sara Osmond-Roberts :

    Catherine was a dear friend and colleague of mine. Catherine was beloved by so many in her work. I wanted to offer my deepest sympathies to her son Austin and family, who she loved dearly. Her passing is a great loss. I will greatly cherish the opportunities I had to work with her. Her love for children & their families was evident in each encounter I had with her. There were many moments when I felt lost with a family that I would go to speak with her. Her office door was always open & she was always so kind and quite frankly brilliant in finding solutions for families who encountered very difficult situations. I will remember our lunch conversations about neighbourhood cats. I will dearly miss her sweet laugh & witty gestures.

    Her fashion, her spirit and her heart always had such presence in a room. She is someone who I admire not just because of her work, but because of who she was.

    Offering my sincere condolences & deepest sympathies.

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  9. Lori Lukasewich :

    I’m so sad to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was a joy to have in painting class. I know her painting group will miss her.

    And to her family my deepest condolences and love.

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  10. Catherine was a wonderful woman who shared so many gifts in her life. It was my privilege to know her and experience her gifts directly (though for too short a time), to hear about them through Jasmine, and to learn of them at her service. It was comforting to know that she loved Jasmine and looked out for her and was excited about the wedding. I felt love and kinship with her as we shared the Mother-in-Law title. And as I’ve come to love Austin and delight in having him as my Son-in-Law, as well as to discover her wonderful and caring family, Catherine’s gifts continue. May she rest in peace.

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  11. Nancy Critchley :

    Austin, your beautiful mother was once my beautiful sister-in-law. She was one of the most gentle and sweet souls I’ve ever had the privilege to know and love. She was always in my corner, treated me as a cherished little sister, and taught me life-lessons I still carry with me today. I can still hear her sweet laughter. You have my deepest sympathies – she made a difference in this world.

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