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O’BRIEN TWADDLE – CATHERINE MARGARET

October 11, 1951 – May 8, 2011

Catherine O’Brien Twaddle, passed away Sunday May 8, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa, from complications after malaria.

Eldest daughter of six, Cathie was born in Pembroke, ON, on October 11, 1951. Cathie attended Bishop High School in Calgary, graduating from high school in Red Deer. She also graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Communications. She was employed by AGT, Husky Oil, and Nova Corp Chemicals in Calgary. While at university she worked for Ralph Klein and the planning and fire departments leading on to working for Ambassadors and Heads of Mission in Libya. Cathie then took up renovating houses in the Uk and France. In 1987 Cathie and Don became “oilpatch gypsies” living and working throughout the world; Libya, Nigeria, Angola, Oman, Brunei, and lastly in Port Noire, Congo. They setup a base in Brittany, France in 2003; but felt that their home was anywhere they were together.

Mourning her, is her beloved husband and loving partner Don of twenty eight years, father Ted of Calgary, mother Ramona of West Kelowna; and sisters, Maureen (Chuck) of Calgary, Shelagh (Konrad) of Golden, BC, Rebecca (Donn); and brothers, Patrick and Terry (Lilly) all of Calgary, AB.

Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Flowers are welcome and in the coming weeks Don will be deciding on a Malaria based charity and will contact through Facebook and email.

In living memory of Cathie O’Brien Twaddle, 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. Helen Bugno and Don DiBenedetto :

    To the Twaddle and O’Brien Families, Don and I extend our sincerest condolences to you after Cathie’s illness and passing. We met Cathie in Tripoli, Libya and until our brief reunion recently in Miri, Malaysia (Borneo), she remained vivacious and full of interest in everything and everyone around her. Cathie made a positive impact from our first contact and will leave warm memories with both of us. As Don knows, he is in our thoughts and prayers as he carries on. Rest in peace, Cathie. Your struggle to live was so very courageous.

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  2. To Don; so shocked and sad to hear of Cathy’s untimely passing. Our thoughts and prayers and kindest condolences are with you and your family.

    Trevor and Diane Jennens

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  3. Mike & Jenny Renison :

    A tragic loss. Mike & Jenny

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  4. Hi Don
    Both Eva and I are thinking of you and Cathie’s family at this time of loss. May we all remember her well.
    John & Eva

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  5. Diane & Rob Yates :

    Don, So sad to hear of Cathie’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

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  6. Jim & Joanne Wood :

    Don, Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. We have many great memories of both of you while we were in Libya.

    Jim and Joanne Wood

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  7. Eric & Diana Amos on May 22, 2011 4:00 pm :

    Don, Diana and I were so saddened to hear, on our return home, of Cathie’s passing. Many a time we have wondered how and where in the world you were and when we might see you here in Calgary. Our home will always be open for you as always.
    Eric and Diana Amos

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  8. Eric and Doris Sennhauser :

    Don, we were saddened to learn of Cathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will keep very fond memories of Cathy’s and your involvement with BSAC in Tripoli, Libya, teaching our son Daniel in scuba diving, and your companionship. Doris and Eric Sennhauser

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  9. Paul de Beukelaar :

    Dear Don, this is such sad news. My sincere condolences. You were such an inseparable couple. Cathie was a great woman that will be remembered by so many, where she was and what she did. So much sympathy she created and how important this was and her spirit still so important for you. Courage and strength to you. Paul de Beukelaar, Rueil-Malmaison, France

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