We Remember

CARNEY, Catherine

August 17, 1947 — October 5, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Catherine Anne Carney (née Kennedy). Catherine passed away after a brief illness on October 5, 2023, in Kelowna, BC, at the age of 76.

Catherine was born in Cornwall, Ontario on August 17, 1947, to Hugh Kennedy and Sara Kennedy (née McCormick) and raised in Lochiel, Ontario. She settled in the Okanagan Valley in 1973 where she lived and served her community to her last day.

Catherine was a compassionate and caring woman to all those around her, and she had a great love for nature and animals. She was endlessly creative and an inspiration to so many.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brothers Alexander Kennedy & Angus Kennedy the first. She is survived by her daughter Aura Carney; son Aemon Carney; brothers Mark, Angus, & Gerard, and her nieces Kristy, Kathy, & Kim; sister Mary McNevin and niece Samantha & nephew Murray.

A loving mother, daughter and friend, you will be greatly missed.

‘I will let fall a shower of roses and I will spend my heaven doing good on earth’.

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  • Bernard McCormick says:

    Catherine went to OCAD in Toronto at the same time that I started my 1st. office job back in 1965. Cathy and I made numerous trip back home in good old Glengarry County. One memorable trip was my last trip in my 1962 blue Valient. Just passed Colbourg ON on a very cold Christmas Eve around 10:00 p.m. I blew the engine. (no I was not speeding) Good thing we were young. We sat for while wondering what to do. Not many cars going by due to the bad weather. I got out with my flash light swinging and stopped the 1st. car. The driver thought it was the police. A young couple with their 1st. born going home to Smith Falls to introduce this Xmas present to her family. They found room in the back seat for our Xmas gifts and luggage and took us with them. They welcomed us to their Smith Falls family who was having a family get together this special Christmas Eve. There, I contacted (no cell phones) my brother-in-law in Ottawa, Alfie who was happy, I think, to pick us up. Alfie and Annie we’re heading home the next day. When Alfie arrived, he was also asked to join the party. What a fine family we met. A treasured memory that was shared by Cathy & I.
    P.S. I got $25. Cash for the car.

    Cousin Bernie

  • Jim McDonald says:

    I have very fond memories of Catherine. When she went to The Ontario College of Art in Toronto she occasionally babysat our two boys

  • Codie Willms says:

    Catherine’s family & friends, I’m so sorry for your immeasurable loss. I worked with Catherine for a few years at Caramillo Residence. I will always remember her radiating smile and positivity. She had the calmest demeanour and spread kindness wherever she was. I admired her so much. Sending my love.

  • Patricia Kaye says:

    Dear Catherine will be missed and remembered for her warmth, kindness, creativity and fun loving spirit. She cooked us many amazing meals and endured challenges beyond most… with her strength and faith. Fun times spent playing music with Catherine strumming her homemade inverted basin, and her uplifting spirit showed her are just a few reflections on her love of life, friends, family, and all who were fortunate to know her. Peace be with you my dear friend, Catherine💐

  • Isabelle McCormick says:

    Dear Aura, Aemon, Mary, Gerard, Angus Pat, Mark and all of Catherine’s family and friends,
    My sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time.
    Thinking of you all.

  • Don and Alison Martin says:

    So sorry to hear about Katherine’s passing. She was one of a kind! It was a privilege to know her and to be able to spend time with her. She was a caregiver to our mom, but most of all she was a compassionate, caring, gentle, giving soul and loving friend. We extend our heart felt condolences to Aemon and the rest of the family! May you find peace during this difficult time. Hugs and prayers!

  • Alex McDonald says:

    It was a rare Sunday afternoon. Katherine was present and a badminton net was set up. I was in my early teens, Katherine late. But boys were naturally superior to girls in sports. The game was bittersweet – for me. Sweet because the lesson learned was at the hands of Katherine.

  • Ann Fox says:

    Dear Aura, Aemon, all the Kennedy siblings and her friends. I am sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was the type of person who was beautiful in every way,. It’s sometimes said that a persons smile lights up a room and it is no exaggeration in her case to say so. She was a much younger cousin of mine, so our visits to Glengarry rarely coincided but I did find this photo from one occasion when visiting her Mom, on the home farm . I also saw some of her amazing art work . .For my parent’s 45th anniversary quilt. She embroidered a square for Aunt Sara of her feeding chickens. An art piece! However, it will be the loss of her warmth and caring sunny disposition that will be so keenly felt. I’m so sorry.

  • Jane Roy says:

    Aura, Aemon and family, my condolences. Cathrine was a beautiful woman inside and out, so caring and giving. I will treasure the memories we shared.

  • Jan Cornell says:

    The loss of a friend – we met over 30 years ago during teacher interviews for Aemon and Ty. How lucky that we chatted while waiting and found so many things in common. I am thankful for Catherines friendship, the beautiful, sincere smile and the memories of meeting for a glass of wine, discussing the problems of the world and going to Art Walks – most of all having such a kind and giving friend. She will be missed. Sincere condolences to Aemon and Aura and Catherines family.

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