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BUTLIN, Catherine Jane

July 25, 1955 – Calgary, Alberta
April 29, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Catherine passed away peacefully at home on April 29, 2018. A beautiful and strong woman has left our lives but not our hearts.

Catherine was born on July 25, 1955, in Calgary, AB. Following her undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, Catherine made a name for herself as a journalist with the Medicine Hat News and the Calgary Herald. She returned to the U of C in the Faculty of Law and earned a law degree in 1985. She became a proud member of the Law Society of Alberta in 1986. Catherine practiced law in Calgary for many years. Lately, she served as a Board Member with the Calgary Subdivision and Appeal Board. She was so pleased to be able to have an impact on planning and development matters in the city she loved living in.

Catherine loved wild places and, in particular, the mountains and the West Coast. She was always game for a ski, a hike, a camping trip and beach combing. A natural explorer, she was always curious about what was over the next hill.

Catherine was a devoted mother and wife.

Mourning her passing are her husband, Kurt Stilwell; her son, Jake; and her daughter, Jesse. Catherine was predeceased by her parents, Noel and Margaret Butlin; and her sister, Sheila Reed. She is survived by her brother, James Butlin, Q.C.; her sisters, Nola Bietz (Brian), and Barbara Havstein (Chris); and many nieces and nephews.

Catherine requested that a funeral service not be held. A further announcement will be published about a get together for family, friends and colleagues for all of us to celebrate Catherine. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Catherine Butlin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Kurt, it has been a long time since I have seen or talked to you . I want to reach out to you in some way , to give you a hug and to say something that might help or provide you with some comfort at this time. I am at a loss for words.
    We send our sympathies to you and your family
    When the time is right for you ,please let me know as I would like to reconnect.
    Sincerely, Rob Depoe

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  2. Bill Chomik :

    Dear Kurt and Family,
    On behalf of the staff and board of the Calgary Subdivision and Development Appeal Board, we wish to express our sincere sympathy. Catherine made significant contributions to the board, and was very well liked by all. I have received expressions from members and staff around her thoughtfulness, thoroughness and kindness. She brought clear and instructive discourse to us in all she did. We will miss her. Sincerely, Bill Chomik, Chair, Calgary SDAB

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  3. Vic Tousignant :

    Kurt, Jake, Jesse, Jim, I had the pleasure of getting to know Cathy as a fellow classmate in law school. She was wise beyond her years, had a wonderful sense of humour, and seemed so serene. I am saddened by her loss, and at the same time cheered by the treasured memories I have of her.
    Vic Tousignant

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  4. Don Truckey :

    You were the best, Cathy. I’m so glad I knew you, and so blessed to have seen you a few times last year after decades away. Your beautiful and positive outlook lit up all around you. Go well.

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  5. Erin O’Neill :

    Kurt and family – am sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you and hoping your great memories get you through this difficult time

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  6. Judy Williams :

    My deepest, heartfelt condolences Kurt, Jake, Jessie and Nola. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  7. Dean Ian Holloway :

    On behalf of all of us at Catherine’s law school, I want to offer my sincerest condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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  8. Katherine Camarta :

    I offer you my sincere condolences. I was a colleague of Catherine’s on the city’s appeal board. She was a valued member of our board and will be missed.

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  9. Jane & Shane Megoran :

    Dear Jim and family,
    Shane and I were very sorry to hear of the passing of you sister Catherine. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. We are thinking of you.

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  10. Carolyn Lepage :

    So sad , so young , so beautiful , so intelgence . I wish I had gotten to know her more as I can see we loved the same things. My condolences to all the family especially James my prayers are with you all . Love cousin Carolyn (Lynn) Lepage ( Butlin)

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