KENNEDY Catherine (Kay) nee Spratt, April 30, 1926 – June 13, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Catherine (Kay) at Lakeview Manor, Beaverton at the age of 95 years.
Kay was born in Lindsay, Ontario and moved to Toronto at the tender age of 7. After graduating she worked for several years for the Toronto Dominion bank. She attended St. Clare’s Parish where she met her future husband Bill. She and Bill were married in 1951 and after living briefly in Leaside they later moved to North York and were founding members of St. Timothy’s parish. They had 3 beautiful children together, Karen, Mike and Bill. In 1967 Kay was tragically widowed. She accepted a position as a school secretary for the Toronto Catholic District School Board where she worked for the next 27 years while raising the children on her own.
After 32 years on Dallington Drive she moved to Whitby to enjoy her retirement. She made many new friends in the community and spent time with her neighbours and at the Whitby Senior Centre playing bridge but her true source of joy was spending time with her grandchildren. Nana, as she was known by her grandchildren was always available to babysit and formed deep and memorable bonds with them.
Her last years were spent in Butternut Manor in Uxbridge and finally Lakeview Manor. Beloved wife of the Late William Kennedy. Loving mother to Karen, Mike (Victoria), Bill (Debbie). Cherished Nana to; Mark (Robin), Michael (Sarah), Dan (Courtney), Scott (Deanna), Michael (Angelica), Brittany, Chanel. Loving Great Nana to; Trevor, Aubree, Violet Maria, Sierrah, Grace. She will be missed by many nieces and nephews. Survived by her sister in law Eileen Kennedy and long-time family friends Anne Doran and Liz Mitchell.
We wish to express our sincere, heartfelt appreciation of the Harbour staff as well as the entire team at Lakeview Manor Long Term Care for their loving care and support over the past five years.
In lieu of flowers donations to Camp Ozanam (formerly Columbus Boys Camp) are appreciated. We encourage you to share your Kay stories on the Holy Cross website under her obituary.
Scott Kennedy passes on the message that Nana will be greatly missed and loved.
Brittany Kennedy, Kay’s eldest granddaughter has a memory to share of her Nana, Nana had a famous quote she always said before leaving and I think it’s a perfect way to say goodbye, so Nana “I’m going to love ya and leave ya.”
elevated dgNTu In light of the current COVID 19 Pandemic, the family will be having a private Funeral Mass on Tuesday June 22, 2021 at 1:30p.m.
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Kay ( Mrs. Kennedy) will be missed and remembered fondly. Kay was our neighbor growing up and was my late mother’s best friend, she alway welcomed us in her home and liked to hear our stories.
Karen, Mike and Bill we are all thinking of you at this time and have you in our prayers.
Thanks for the nice words mom loved having all the kids around.
Thanks so much! We sure have great memories. I remember New Years Eve at the Stoltes. Ann and I would listen to the top 100 songs up in her room. Hope you and your family are well..
Michael, Bill & Karen & families,
Deepest sympathy on your loss. We got to know Kay on her many visits toTom and Margaret in Leaside.
May she be at peace.
Anthony & Bev O’Donnell
Thanks so much Anthony & Bev! It’s been along time. We have great memories at Uncle Tom & Aunt Margaret’s. My Mom alway enjoyed your visits when she was there. I hope your both doing well.
Karen, Mike, Bill and families — thinking of you all at this difficult time. Remembering all the times our families shared together on Dallington Drive. Lots of family parties and kids playing on the street. It was a great street to grow up on — in large part because of the friendly and safe environment established by your mom and other parents.
So happy to learn of Kay’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am sure that you all contributed to her long life. Michelle
Thanks so much Michelle! It has been a long time. I remember all the late night unplanned sleep overs at my house. There was always some type of excitement on Dallington Drive. Hope your keeping well.
Deepest sympathy Michael Bill Karen A true. and dearest friend for fifty four years.So many good times travelling and spending time inFlorida.I will miss her.Until we meet again.R.I.P.dear friend.
Thanks so much Liz!
It will be nice to see you at the funeral!
Growing up the young one on Dallington Dr many evenings were spent with my Mom and Mrs Kennedy hanging in the backyards
Found memories for sure, another one of our Dallington Moms has left us but her legacy lives on
God Bless Karen, Mike,Bill and family
Kevin Maria and family
Thanks so much Kevin. I remember throwing the ball up an down in the back you’d. Your Mom always had freezie a an popsicles for the kids. Hope you an your family are well
You were and always will be our Auntie Kay. I remember when you lived on Dallington and Dabbs Way you were wanting to move furniture around and redecorate at every opportunity with a twinkle in your eye.
Pat and I jokingly (sort of) competed to be the “favourite niece” to the extent of wearing signs around our necks during a lunch I hosted. Her sign said second favourite niece. You were loved and will always live in our hearts. Rest In Peace and in joy Auntie Kay.
Your favourite niece Mary Anne ❤️
I remember you and Pat going back and fourth on who was the favorite niece. My Mom played right along with the two of you. I remember her going through her jewelry. She would say I think I will give this to Pat. She likes old things and give this to Mary Ann. That happened many times and it was never the same every time..
Oh well I know I was Aunt Marys favorite.
I have great memories growing up being the youngest cousin with you two . Love ya both!!!
Karen, Mike, Bill and families we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Scott and Sandra Smith
Thanks so much Sandra & Scott. This is becoming a growing up on Dallington Dr. reunion..
Sandra you probably remember most of them.
Kay was a very dear and loving friend to Anne Doran and the Doran Family. From the first days when Anne arrived in Canada and lived with her brother and sister-in-law (Tom and Margaret (Kennedy) Monahan) on Sutherland Drive with Bill and Kay Kennedy living across the street, Anne and Kay ‘hit it off’ a friendship that continued from more than 65 years.
We have wonderful fond memories visiting Kay, Karen, Michael and Bill on Dallington Drive, particularly on Christmas Day, the arrival of family, friends and neighbours and those wonderful Christmas dinners. Kay was a wonderful person and host and accepted so many with love and kindness.
Kay, may you be welcomed into Heaven by so many with open arms.
Thinking of Karen, Michael, Bill and the entire family during this difficult time.
Anne, Jim, Emilia, Tomas and Julia Doran
Karen, Bill, Mike and families
Thinking of you at this difficult time. I have many memories of your mom. She was my sponsor when I received Confirmation. My mom made her wedding dress. Your mom looked gorgeous in it.
Love and prayers to you all, Anne-Marie Hurschler
Thank you so much Ann Marie. It has been a really long time. I remember going to visit you and your family when you lived in the school house. I never new your Mom made my Moms wedding dress.
I also remember your sister Michelle. Hope you all are well. We really appreciate you thinking of us.
Thank you so much Anne Marie
I remember visiting you when you lived in the school house.
This great to hear from you. I hope you all are well.
My Mom always loved you and Michelle. I believe you also have a brother but sorry I dont remember his name.
Thank you so much Jim. We sure do have lots of memories. Your Moms Irish bread. I also remember many roast beef dinners at you house growing up. Christmas day was for sure a busy but great day. I remember dancing with you at Bills & Debbies wedding. Our Moms were sitting together watching us . Saying to each other “Look at those two”LOL I cant wait to see you an your Mom Tues at the funeral
Thank you so much Jim. I will never forget your Moms Irish bread. We had many Roast Beef dinners at your house. Christmas Day growing up was one day I looked forward to. Uncle Tom made amazing dressing and the turkey was in the oven early. I remember dancing with you at Bill and Debbies Wedding. Our Moms were sitting together saying to each other “Look at those two”. I have lots of memories playing dolls with Nora growing up.
Cant wait to see you and your Mom Tues at the Funeral
My thoughts and prayers with all of the Kennedy’s.
Lots of great childhood memories on Dallington Drive with (Mrs Kennedy) Kay.
Love Ann Stolte
Thanks so much Ann. There sure are lots of memories of Dalllington Drive We grew up in a great neighborhood.
Michael, Karen and Bill, my condolences for the passing of your Mom.
She was such a great friend to Mom and always looked out for us girls.
May she rest in peace.
Thanks so much Kathy! It was nice to see your Mom and Sue yesterday at the funeral. Your Mom was a great friend to my Mom an always welcomed us in your home when we visited. Playing with you an your sisters. One memory I remember I remember is going to the Ex with Sue don’t remember who else. Lots of memories!
Many good memories as a child visiting the Kennedy house.
Thankful Aunt Kay held a surprise bridal shower for me. She will be missed by her friends and family
. RIP xoxo
Thanks so much Sue! I have lots of memories growing up with you Joe Tommy & Brenda. Joe went to my Grade 12 grad formal with me. Swimming in the pool in your back yard. You lending me your beautiful flowers for my wedding. Your Dad was MC. Lots of memories
Karen, Michael and Bill,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom and send to you our deepest sympathy and prayers. She was a special person and we remember her always smiling and friendly. We have many happy memories of sharing meals and laughter when she welcomed us into her home on Dallington.
We will be with you in spirit as we virtually attend her funeral mass today.
Elaine and Pierre Hurschler
Thank you so much Elaine & Pierre
It’s been along time!
We appreciate your message. I hope you an your family are all well
The flood of fond and happy memories over the past several days since hearing the news have been too numerous to track. We had such great neighbours and were blessed to be next door to your family. I love dogs. Tina, via your mom, started that. Your mom never complained, and in fact laughed, as I’d share my popsicle or ice cream cone with Tina, the Boxer. It was the start of my appreciation of dogs, and your mom helped initiate that. Thank you Kay!!! I seem to remember her egging me on bobbing for apples on Halloween too. Rest In Peace, and have a loud giggle or two with mom up there, just as we always heard you both on warm summer evenings in the car ports and back yards. What ever were you both laughing at, every night almost? No matter, mom never as needs that question either but the laughs are indelibly stamped in the great memories of my childhood. ❤️
Thanks so much Brian. There sure are a lot of memories. This has pretty much become a growing up on Dallington Dr reunion. I loved your Mom. She was there to listen and redirect me . I have many happy memories with the Stoltes. Hope your doing well.
Love and condolences to you all on the loss of dear Auntie Kay the Spratt family matriarch, who I have will always many fond memories of. Sleep overs with her and Uncle Bill when I was small, good times at the cottage, Sunday dinners, sipping church wine with her and Aunt Mary, laughs and giggles on a shopping trip to the US with her and my mom. She will forever missed and in our memories .
Thanks so much Pat for sharing all those beautiful Memories.
Many memories growing up being the youngest cousin with you an MaryAnne. I remember my Mom playing right along with you two going back an fourth on who’s the favorite.
love and condolences to you all from Aunt June.Kay was a wonderful sister- in-law. We had lots of fun over our 70 plus years of friendship and I will miss her .
Thanks Aunt June. It was so nice to talk to you the other day. I often think of you. Now that I have your number I will call you.
Growing up my favourite place to visit was Grimsby. The big kitchen off the sun room the stair way between the family room an dinning room. Then Pat alway trying new styles on my hair.
Karen,Mike and Bill
What a lovely service.
We all have special memories mine was Christmas Day at Dallington- always a great group of people and everyone was always welcome!
Thanks so much Paul! It’s been along time since I’ve seen you all. Lot of memories were shared today. Hope your keeping well
Mike, Karen, Bill – so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. As many have said, so many amazing memories growing up on Dallington Dr. Our days were spent going from one house to another especially on those long summer days that seemed to last forever. They say it takes a village to raise a kid and we were all so lucky to have your Mom’s guidance. A part of your Mom is in everyone of us. One of my many memories was singing along to MacLean and MacLean at the top of my lungs in your basement as your Mom return home from work – Colourful language is an understatement! RIP Mrs Kennedy your memory lives on…
Thank you so much Dave! All our parents together made it a safe environment for all of us growing up together making these memories. I remember playing school with Laurie. As well as a sleep over in your basement. Your Dad came down really early banging pots and pans. This has been great hearing all the memories from everyone on Dallington Drive. How is your Mom? Great to hear from you. Hope you an your family are well.