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ST. JOHN, Catherine Estelle

October 11, 1945 – Toronto, Ontario
July 29, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness and much love that we announce the passing of Catherine Estelle St. John (née Coulman) on July 29, 2014 in Calgary, AB at the age of 68 years.

Catherine was born in Toronto on October 11, 1945. Beloved wife and partner of 45 years to Robert (Bob). Loving mother to Jennifer (Rich) Smart, and Jeff. Adored grandma to Jordan, Cate and Rebecca. She was predeceased by her parents (William and Stella Coulman), and brothers William (Beryl) and Robert. Catherine also leaves behind brother David (Pat), sister-in-law Bonnie, ten nieces and nephews and their families and Kim, Ava and Ella.

Her life’s work was caring for her family and she built a loving home, first in Toronto and later in Calgary. Catherine was a gentle soul, a kind and thoughtful woman who will be greatly missed. She faced the cancer that took her with the same dignity and grace with which she approached her life. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Foothills Medical Centre, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Southwood Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held at Bethany Chapel of Calgary (3333 Richardson Way SW) on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Aspen Family & Community Network Society (www.aspenfamily.org).

In living memory of Catherine, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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  1. Pat Herd, Toronto :

    So sorry to hear about Cathy’s passing. Even though I haven’t seen Cathy for many years, I definitely remember when we first met at a night class at Don Mills Collegiate and then we continued to get together with our children to play. (Jennifer I think is the same age as my son Mark.) I did see her once when she was in Toronto while visiting from Calgary.
    Sincere sympathy to your family.

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  2. Larry & Ruth Scott :

    We were very sorry to read of Cathy’s passing in the paper. Please accept our sincerest sympathy.

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  3. We are so sorry to learn about Cathy, Robert. I know how important she was in every aspect of your life for so many years.
    I often think of the great family gatherings on Dinnick Cres and how much my dad loved those parties as did we all!
    Our deepest sympathy, Robert.
    -Roy

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  4. Ann and Jim Read :

    Dear Robert and Family, Marguerite called and told us your very sad news. We are all so sorry. Please accept our condolences. Thinking of you, Ann

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  5. Wally and Frankie :

    Dear Bob and family;
    Sincere condolences on your great loss. She will be missed in the neighborhood.
    May your memories sustain you at this difficult time.
    Wally & Frankie.

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  6. John, Sherran, Christina & Michael Coyle :

    Dear Rob, Jennifer and Jeff:
    Our sincere condolences on Cathy’s passing. We fondly remember our good times on Duncairn, at your cottage and visiting you in Calgary. May the loving memories of Cathy always be close.
    The Coyles.

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  7. Helen and George Brcko :

    Cathy and I grew up together living side by side in Toronto for many years. We were in each other’s wedding party and had a lifetime friendship. She will always be by my side forever. Huge big hugs and much love to Rob, Jennifer and Jeffery on your hardship of your loss. Cathy will always be around you through thick and thin.
    love, Helen

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