Catharine Burns

Mrs. Cathy Burns

Monday, January 2nd, 1939 - Sunday, October 27th, 2019
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Catharine Burns (Nee Crack), of Guelph, passed away after a short battle with cancer on Sunday, October 27, 2019 in Guelph.

Cathy was born in Hamilton to Frank and Jean Crack on January 2, 1939. She went to school in Toronto at Blessed Sacrament, the Abbey, Lawrence Park Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1960. She married Jack Burns, the love of her life and travelling companion, on April 23, 1962, (Shakespeare’s Birth). As a busy mother of four, she worked as a store co-owner and then back as a teacher until her retirement in 1996. Cathy was a passionate English teacher, who loved literature and was affectionately called “Granny Grammar” by students and colleagues alike. Cathy was committed to her community and her church, volunteering with such groups as the Catholic Women’s League, the Church Parish Council, Birthright and Unicef Canada and more recently as a tour guide at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. She loved her friends, travelling, her book and bridge groups, but her family was always the most important thing to her.

“A woman of strength, a most excellent friend;
A life well lived comes to its end.” Meg Burns

Cathy is preceded in death by Jack Burns and her sister Debbie Malkin. Cathy is survived by her brother Daniel and by her children: John Burns (Annette Yaskowich), Beth Burns (Ian Macpherson), Meg Burns (Mark Pali) and Martha Burns (Graham Purcell). She will be remembered as a loving Marmee by her nine grandchildren: Burns, Galen, Sam, Pierce, Aaron, Nolen, Madeline, Katie and JJ.

The last book we read with Mum was Pride and Prejudice.
To quote Elizabeth Bennett. "’You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure."

Cremation has taken place. Friends may call at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph, on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of Our Lady 28 Norfolk St. Guelph on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 11 a.m. with the Fr. William T. Burns of Toronto Diocese, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, at Cathy’s request, the family has asked that donations be made to Hospice Wellington.

Cathy’s family also wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Dr. C. Mackie for his support and the entire staff of the Hospice Wellington.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dublin Chapel
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Dubin Chapel
    252 Dublin St. N.
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4P3
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  • Service

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, November 1st, 2019 11:00am
    Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate
    28 Norfolk St
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4H8
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    Father William Burns
  • Interment

    Memory Gardens Cemetery
    2723 Victoria St.,N.,
    Breslau, Ontario N0B 1M0
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  • Reception

    Friday, November 1st, 2019 |
    Friday, November 1st, 2019
    Family residence
    36 Harcourt Dr
    Guelph, Ontario
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    Friends are invited to join the family at their home following the Funeral Mass for a reception starting at approximately 12:30 p.m.


Donations are being accepted for: HOSPICE WELLINGTON.


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Evelyn Dunsmore

Posted at 07:36pm
Dear Beth and the entire Burns Family - the photograph you have posted of Cathy holding an oversized glass of beer and with a big smile on her face says it all! This is the Cathy whose memory we will always cherish: how she loved a good laugh among friends in a social gathering. She was deeply read, profoundly thoughtful and sharply witty. And - boy! - could she cook! How many, many times we enjoyed animated evenings with her and Jack over a wonderful meal, discussing family, books, trips and laughing over the foibles of everyday life. We will never forget her nor will her departure lessen the strength of our fondness for her.

Jim Kinnie

Posted at 07:47am
Cathy was my earliest English mentor, and a beloved friend when I moved to Brampton 31 years ago. She made sure I was never alone on special occasions and made me feel like a part of her family. Her beloved Jack, taught me how to drink brandy. We spent a wonderful week together one summer at a friend’s summer home in Baddeck along the beautiful B’ras D’Or Lake. I will cherish our times together forever. May wonderful memories bring all of you peace at this sad time.

Kevin Carkner

Posted at 03:23pm
Dear John and Annette and family, We were saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Burns. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time . Kevin and Patty Carkner.

Tricia Snell

Posted at 12:48pm
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Cathy Burns. Mrs. Burns was my grade 10 English teacher who incited in me a great passion for English literature and the teching of English; in fact I became a high school English teacher in part because of having her as a teacher. I particularly remember reading A Seperate Peace with her, a novel that really opened my eyes to the power of literature.
My condolences to her family especially Meg with whom I was friends in high school.
Tricia Snell

Meg Burns Posted at 12:11pm

Thanks Tricia English teachers untie , wait that should be unite. She was the sort of teacher I try to be every day in my classes.

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