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Katherine (Kate) Richardson (MacGregor)

June 14, 1944 - September 23, 2015


Kate passed away after a journey filled with love and laughter on September 23 2015 in Mill Bay. Of course, she wrote her own obituary as she will definitely have the last word.  The first of many chapters in the life of Katherine Richardson began in Glasgow Scotland on June 14, 1944. The Clan moved to Canada in 1952, with mother, Sarah (nee Quin), father, James (known to many in Victoria as Jimmy, the Scottish Butcher), sister Mary Camlin Dool (Vernon), sister Janette McIntyre Woodford (Skip) and twin brother James MacGregor (Barbara). After moving to Victoria with her family, Kathy grew up and worked in Victoria for many years.  Kathy, her first husband Jim and their daughter Laura moved to Chilliwack in 1973.  After retirement, Kate returned to her island roots to add joy to many peoples’ lives, share in their blessings and to be close to her daughter Lauralee Ann Richardson (Dan Norman) and her grandchildren Jacob and Quin. Kate reconnected with her first child, Lorraine Pogadl, during this time. It was also on Vancouver Island that Kate met Ab Paquette and his family. They enjoyed 10 years of loving time together travelling, making music and sharing good times with family and friends.  In her final months, Kate spent time reflecting and recalling the many people who blessed her life. She spoke of great appreciation for all of the family and friends who lent their support, blessings, prayers and help as she completed her wonderful, happy life and adventurous journey.  Her many nieces and nephews Lyle, Cindy, Adele, Lisa, Richard, Shauna, Alita, Andrea, Lynn, Steven and Amy and too many great nieces and nephews to name; wonderful coworkers from her years working at the Chilliwack Health Unit; friends in the Fraser Valley; musical friends at the Chemainus Senior Center, the Duncan Seniors Center and the Cowichan Folk Guild. Never one to sit still, Kate remained grateful to the friends she made while clogging, dragon boating, helping with the arts council, the Maple Bay Painters, Spiritualist Church and all of Kate and Ab’s circle of friends and family who provided music and laughter.  Special love and acknowledgment to Laura, Dan, Jacob, Quin, Ab, Merelyn, Lois and Linda who spent many hours caring and sharing their love. Finally to Dr. Valorie, Kim, Sharon, Beckie and staff at the Duncan Hospital, Drs. Lisa and Jean-Marie Wilson and to the palliative care nurses, Linda, Kayla and Deb, who provided support and guidance during our families’ journey with Kate. Thank You and Bless You All. Kate truly enjoyed her final farewell Ceilidh with so many loved ones around her. Thank you for being part of Kate’s community. No funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley Clarkson
Relation: Friend/soul sister

Laura, Dan, Jacob and Quin,
Sending you love and support during this sad time. Kate was a wonderful friend, wife, sister, aunt, mother and gran! She was full of spunk and adventure. She taught me so much about life during our 38 year friendship. We all have so many fond memories of this great lady. R.I.P. Kate.
Love, Shirley

From: Penny Baker
Relation: Coached her Dragon Boating

Sending my condolences to her family. Kate was one of my favorite people. So full of life, always positive, and so much fun! I have so many wonderful memories of Kate. They all bring a big smile to my face. You were one of a kind! The best table dancer! You will be missed Kate! RIP my Friend.

From: Janine
Relation: Friend

Kate- even though I did’nt know you for very long, you were an inspiration to me. You filled a room with your love of life and laughter. I know your dad and mum came to collect you and I know you found comfort in that. I know you are at peace now but you will be very dearly missed by all. You are a very specail lady and I want you to know you touched everyone you met along the way. You inspired so many people and touched so many. Your light will always shine and I am sure we will feel your presence from time to time, reminding us all to live our lives to the full and with laughter in our hearts and minds. You will be missed my dear lady, you were loved by so many. You filled a room with your love of life and laughter, we can only be grateful to have known you and had you as part of our lives.

From: Lesley Quin
Relation: Cousin

All my love, thoughts and prayers to all Katherine’s family. We will miss her dearly but she stays on in the memories from years gone by. Special ones from when we were young and Katherine, Jim, Mary and Jeanette lived with their folk — our Aunt Sadie and Uncle Jimmy on Burnside Rd in Victoria and we “other Quin’s” lived over on Quadra St. These memories we have forever.

From: Norman Quin
Relation: Cousin

Kathryn used to babysit my brothers and I very many years ago. She was always so nice to us .

From: Merrill Musgrave
Relation: Dragon Boating, personal friend

Condolences to Kate’s family and Ab. Kate will be sadly missed.
I will have a drink and go kayaking as a rememberance to Kate.

From: Graeme Quin
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

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From: Graeme Quin
Relation: Cousin

Our condolences to Kate’s family and friends. Graeme, Jaye, Camlin and Jamieson Quin your Australian famliy

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