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)
Bunny RuizJune 19, 2021 at 8:51 am
Our most sincere condolences Bob,Robert ,Julia(Ryan) ,Laura(Justin)and
Our most sincere condolences to you Bob,Rober&Jackson,Julia(Ryan),Laura(Justin). Kathleen’s family was her life..We Wish we could be there to celebrate Kathleen’s life with those she loved so dearly. Please Know our hearts are with you now and always. Blessings to you all . Bunny and Keith
Kerry Anne PattersonJune 19, 2021 at 9:10 am
My most sincere condolences on the loss of Kathleen.
Her love of music and laughter will live on forever in the hearts of all those whose lives she touched.
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Kerry Anne Patterson
AngelaJune 19, 2021 at 9:29 am
My heartfelt condolences on the loss of Kathleen.
She was an amazing person and friend and a wonderful music teacher.
Rest in Peace my beautiful friend.
Charlene WrightJune 19, 2021 at 9:52 am
My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Mrs. Walsh. I very much loved and enjoyed her time she put in to the many school concerts at Springdale. She will be greatly missed.
Susan ReadJune 19, 2021 at 9:58 am
To Laura and the Walshe Turcotte Family: My deepest sympathy on the passing of your cherished mother. Kathleen has been blessed with your being with her on this journey. May your sorrow be eased by precious memories of your mother.
The Enright FamilyJune 19, 2021 at 10:13 am
Our most sincere condolences to the Walshe Turcotte family. May your sense of loss soon be replaced by sweet memories of Kathleen’s life and the love she had for those around her.
Diana PorterJune 19, 2021 at 11:12 am
My sincere condolences to Kathleen’s family! I had the pleasure of working with her for many years, she will be greatly missed.
Karen AucoinJune 19, 2021 at 11:56 am
My condolences to Kathleen’s family and to those who loved her. I had the pleasure of working with Kathleen at St. Paul’s and have many memories of her and her passion for music. Again, my deepest sympathies.
Diane P TurcotteJune 20, 2021 at 6:36 pm
To all of you Bob, Robert, Julia (Ryan) Laura (Justin) her grandson Jackson and all members of the family. Sincere condolences on your great loss. Kathleen’s life was cut short but she fought hard for herself and her family. I will always think of Kathleen when I hear Moonlight Sonata played on the piano. She played beautifully. Sharing her music was her passion. Wish I could be there, but will see you all in the near future.
RIP Kathleen. You fought the good fight
Judy HarperJune 19, 2021 at 12:42 pm
Bob, Robert, Julia and Laura – a wonderful light has left us but she leaves us with wonderful memories of music, good food, laughter, friendship, her pride in and love of family, her courage and determination and that smile. Working with her was such a happy privilege. My heart goes out to you as you mourn this tragic loss; my deepest sympathy.
Betty CordesJune 19, 2021 at 1:48 pm
So very sorry for your loss. Kathleen was a lovely & talented lady whom I had the pleasure of knowing & working with for several years. She will be missed.
Donna Boothman-CoteJune 19, 2021 at 1:53 pm
Dear Elaine, may you & your family be comforted with the Lord’s arms surrounding you and carrying you through your time of grief on the loss of your sister & in time may the memories you hold dear bring you peace. May God bless you.
Janet CheasleyJune 19, 2021 at 2:36 pm
Our whole family is shocked and saddened to hear of Kathleen’s passing. Kathleen was a much-loved piano teacher to our four children, an enthusiastic partner in creating and recording songs to celebrate the arrivals of five of our grandchildren, and
a good friend. We still have mementos of her presence through her notations in all our old music books. Our deepest sympathies to Bob and all the family.
Steve and Janet Cheasley, along with Elaine, Colin, Paige, and Peter
Lorraine La FranceJune 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Dear Bob and family,
We would like to express our deepest condolences at the loss of your beloved wife and Mother. As times passes, may your grief and the heartache of her absence give way to fond memories. May these memories bring you some comfort and remind you of the good times you shared as a family. Take care, Lorraine & Danny La France
Sandie HallJune 19, 2021 at 4:33 pm
My deepest condolences to Kathleen’s family and those who loved her. I would see Kathleen every summer in Ocean park as we looked for that perfect lobster! Kathleen and I had the pleasure to work on a musical (Rats) while at Percel academy and I tink all those involved in our retreat will remember Kathleen in her penguin p.j.’s looking for ice. I loved Kathleen’s ability to make us laugh and her talent to make us cry. You will forever be remembered.
Francie VenturiJune 19, 2021 at 5:29 pm
My deepest sympathy to Kathleen’s family. She was an exceptional woman and I have fond memories of her time at St. Paul School. She was a wonderful music teacher. I also have fun memories of social evenings with the Wilder ladies. My sincere condolences to all who loved her.
Bob and Nijole MacKinnonJune 19, 2021 at 7:16 pm
Bob and family, we were saddened to hear of your loss and offer our sincerest condolences. To often we believe that we have so much time ahead of us only to discover how quickly it has passed by. May your memories be only joyous and may the tears you she’d be those of happiness. Take care, Bob and Nijole MacKinnon
Dianne Joseph Anik and Sandra BruzzeseJune 19, 2021 at 8:18 pm
Dear Teresa,Ted ,Elaine.and Bill
Robert, Laura and Julia ,We are so saddened and shocked that Kathleen has departed so fast . We wish you all courage to go on with peace in your heart .please accept our deepest condolences:our prayers are with you all
Joe and Dianne Bruzzese
The Parker FamilyJune 19, 2021 at 9:37 pm
Our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts. xoxo
Marianna RidderJune 19, 2021 at 10:58 pm
My deepest condolences to the family. Kathleen was not only a wonderful music teacher and pianist but a great friend and colleague with a generous heart and a wicked sense of humour.
Her beautiful spirit lives on lighting the lives of all those she touched with her music and laughter. May your special memories of her bring you lots of comfort during this very difficult time.
Justin BahlisJune 20, 2021 at 8:50 am
My deepest condolences to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
RénoukaJune 20, 2021 at 10:38 am
My heartfelt condolences to Kathleen’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I had the pleasure of working with Kathleen at St.Anthony school creating the most stunning and beautiful musical productions. With her incredible talent as a music teacher and her experience with creating shows, she had a way of bringing everything together to create something beautiful and memorable for the students, their parents and the staff who had the pleasure of working with her. They are some of my best memories of St.Anthony’s. Thank you Kathleen!
Margaret (Dunmore) and Leonard KeysJune 20, 2021 at 11:41 am
We are so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies to the Walsh family. May your happy memories get you through this difficult time. Margaret & Leonard
DonnaJune 20, 2021 at 8:34 pm
So very sorry for the loss Kathleen. I had the pleasure of working at two schools with her and she was an amazing music teacher and so very talented ! May she rest in eternal peace …. may your memories and the love of your family and friends guide you through these very difficult times .
Donna MadiganJune 21, 2021 at 12:04 am
My deepest condolences to Aunt Teresa and my cousins, Ted, Elaine and Bill and to Bob and children Robert, Julia, Laura and grandson, Jackson. As Uncle Frank remarked Kathleen’s passing is a tremendous loss to our family. Forever changed, may we bolstered by cherished memories and the power of prayer.
With love always, Donna
Gina Sarroino and Paul SmuldersJune 21, 2021 at 10:54 am
We are so very sorry to hear about the passing of Kathleen. She was such an amazing person, wonderful wife, devoted mother and great fiend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our deepest condolences to Bob, Robert , Julia and Laura.
Love Gina and Paul
Nadine EmondJune 21, 2021 at 12:37 pm
I feel privileged to have know Kathleen through PTU . Her kindness will be remembered. I am sending your way sunny thoughts and memories. Mes Sincères condoléances…
Anne SmithJune 21, 2021 at 8:22 pm
Dear Rob and Family: My heartfelt condolences for your loss. Unfortunately I didn’t know your mum but she must have been an amazing woman to have raised such a fine son. I hope fond memories of your mum will give you comfort. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal”.
My deepest sympathies,
Ann Marie DesmaraisJune 21, 2021 at 8:23 pm
To our dearest friends. Gary and I are so saddened by the loss of Kathleen.
We’ve had so many great 5 a 7 on the dick (not a typo. Lol. That’s how Kathleen referred to the deck).
She had such a quirky sense of humour that was so i infectious.
Kathleen adored her family unto no end and would bend over backwards to ensure their happiness.
We’ve shared many talks, many secrets, many dinners as couples , and many just girls luncheons.
She was talented beyond belief and would step out of the box for her students. She was just so dedicated to them.
Her love had no boundaries. She cared for all of us.
I thank her for our friendship and I am confident that she’s watching us all with much love.
God bless, and keep you safe my dearest friend,and God bless the Walshe – Turcotte families.
Your in our hearts.
I know you will have only Beauty days in Heaven
John and Faith MullinsJune 21, 2021 at 10:33 pm
Val and JohnJune 21, 2021 at 10:34 pm
To an amazing friend and neighbor. Kathleen was a great lady. She was fun, loving with a great sense of humour. She adorable her family, friends and students and of course her deck and fabulous garden. I will cherish the great memories spent with you my friendly neighbor. All our sincere condolences to Teresa, Elaine, Ted, Bill.
Bob, Robert, Julia (Ryan), Laura (Justin)
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ❤️
Val and John
John and Faith MullinsJune 21, 2021 at 10:35 pm
We offer our deepest condolences and Sympathies for the loss of your wife Kathleen. Our prayers go out to you and your families.
Sandra Buckingham and Stefanie Lee and Edward MilczarekJune 21, 2021 at 10:40 pm
We are deeply saddened to hear of Kathleen’s passing. We are so fortunate to have enjoyed weekly visits, as she shared her great love of piano with our daughter Stefanie. The lovely music was matched only by the great conversation. We will miss you Kathleen, rest in peace.
Emily MacphersonJune 22, 2021 at 9:14 pm
Our most deepest condolences … our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. She will be greatly missed.
The Gelinas FamilyJune 23, 2021 at 12:05 am
Keeping the Walsh and Turcotte families in our thoughts and prayers during these difficult days of great loss. Cherish your memories of Kathleen, letting them bring you peace, a smile, and warmth in your heart…she will always be with you. Our fond memories of her were the many years of dedication to the children’s choir and liturgy at St. John Fisher Church…music for all our ears”. Rest In Peace, Kathleen.
Linda Wray SmithJune 23, 2021 at 2:45 am
Dear Elaine, deepest condolences on the loss of your dear sister. Thinking of you and praying GOD’s peace be with you during this most difficult time. Kathleen will forever be in your heart!! Hugs…Linda
Brian,Kristin,OliviaJune 23, 2021 at 1:09 pm
Dear Bob, Robert, Julia and Laura,
We are so very sorry, we are thinking of you all and sending all of our love. Our deepest sympathies to you all ❤
Love, Brian, Kristin & Olivia
Ellie ZuckermanJune 26, 2021 at 11:48 am
I extend my sincere condolences to your family. Kathleen will be missed by us all, who loved her. What a very special person she was…accomplished, giving, thoughtful, dedicated, talented, caring, kind, inspirational, etc. May thoughts of her bring smiles in your hearts! Enjoy your treasure box of memories! Ellie ❤️
Darlene DuchesneJune 28, 2021 at 7:36 am
My sincere condolences to Kathleen’s family… A beautiful soul was taken away too soon from us. Kathleen was a cherished colleague and friend who’s music echoed in the halls of Purcell, long after she left our school. Kathleen had a great sense of humour with adults and kids alike. She was so easy to talk with and a good time was had by all in her presence.
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”
Kathleen, your presence, love and kindness will forever be with us. Rest in Peace my friend
Marilyn CarrollJune 30, 2021 at 4:49 pm
My condolences to the entire Turcotte family. Kathleen was a remarkable music teacher. I will never forget her fantastic musical productions especially “December Nights, December Lights” as well as her help with any activity involving the Free the Children Organization at St. Anthony School. She united staff, students, and parents with her shows. Her productions were so professional and the children shined under her guidance. She will be missed by so many. One of the posts on her FB page was “Sing You Home”. I have listened to it repeatedly lately. “Too soon to leave this earth, How could all your work be done, Ash to ash and dust to dust, Seemed to me you just begun… Know that you will live, On the lips of those who knew, what it was you had to give, And what it was they learned from you.” Kathleen, we “sing you home”.
Jan Ramsay ScarpaleggiaJuly 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm
We were very sad to hear of Kathleen’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. We first got to know Kathleen when she came to our home to give our two daughters their piano lessons. She was an excellent teacher–passionate about the music and very committed to her students. Over the years I always enjoyed chatting with Kathleen when our paths would cross on the West Island–often at Chapters. She was a very kind, intelligent, and positive person. Our prayers are with Kathleen’s family at this very difficult time–we are so sorry for your loss.