It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Kathleen Walshe Turcotte on June 16, 2021, after a brief but courageous battle. Her passing was peaceful, surrounded by her loving family. She was a beloved wife of Bob Turcotte, an outstanding Mother to children Robert, Julia (Ryan), and Laura (Justin) and a devoted and caring Gramma to Jackson. Predeceased by her father Edward John Walshe, she leaves to mourn her mother, Teresa Walshe and siblings Ted, Elaine and Bill, as well as a large extended family, countless friends, many colleagues and cherished students. She will be greatly missed.
She was an accomplished musician who taught piano, a Music Teacher for Lester B. Pearson School Board and she adored sharing her love of music with all. Shortly before her passing, Kathleen’s students at Springdale Elementary got together and organized a virtual performance for her; they sang the songs she loved and taught them to sing. Kathleen appreciated a great lunch or cheese plate paired with a nice glass of wine, especially if it was enjoyed in her lovely garden oasis because flowers made her happy. She was serious about her deck and worked hard to create a welcoming and warm space for everyone to enjoy, share a laugh and be together. She just felt at home in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and created countless summer memories there with her family and friends. Kathleen was an exceptional light in our lives; we’ll listen for her in our favourite songs, look for her in the bright flowers along our paths and we remember her fondly in all things we do.
There are so many ways to honour and commemorate Kathleen’s beautiful light; spend time in nature, listen to a favourite song and sing all the words out loud, go on an adventure, call a friend, enjoy a beverage or take a moment to reflect on the wonderful people who have touched your life and your soul. Most importantly, love each other and get along.
Our family would like to thank the staff at the Lakeshore General Hospital, as well as the incredible nurses and support from NOVA West Island and CLSC, with a personal acknowledgement to Leslie, Carina and all the Oncology Team. We would also like to thank the staff of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, whose support made our family’s peace and presence possible.
The funeral service will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at St-John Fisher Church, 120 Summerhill, Pointe-Claire, followed by the burial at Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire. Due to restrictions imposed by the health authorities, the service and burial will be held by invitation only. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the Saint John Fisher Parish website (www.sjfp.org). The livestream will begin at 12:00 p.m
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kathleen’s memory may be made to NOVA West Island or Lung Cancer Canada.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979, voluntas.ca)