Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith

Sunday, January 24th, 2021
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Cathy Merritt Smith
(Nee Schneider)
Cathy left us quietly on January 24, after a mercifully short battle with cancer. She leaves Mark, her husband of 38 years, broken hearted. Cathy’s world revolved around her three boys; Daniel (Diane), Stephen (Jake) and Andrew (Lindsey). She was thriving in the recent role of Nana to her grandson Jackson. She also leaves behind her father Fred Schneider and a legion of friends.

A few words cannot capture a beautiful soul like Cathy. She was warm, welcoming, kind and truly caring with a wonderful sense of fun. She was truly interested in the lives of everyone she met and could put people at ease in a way that made them want to share their story. Cathy will be remembered for her butter tarts, her sense of humour, holiday dinners for the family and extended family, her thoughtfulness, the salt and pepper collection, ice cream, Black Magic chocolates, her playfulness, her compassion; the list seems endless. But more than anything else whoever met Cathy remembers her laugh; full throated, genuine and often uncontrollable, her laughter pulled everyone along with it. That laugh and the lovely woman that owned it will be missed more than anyone can say.

Thanks to kind staff at Sunnybrook, especially the wonderful Dr. Sarah Torabi who made many difficult days a little easier.

Due to Covid restrictions a private memorial by invitation will be held.
In lieu of flowers Cathy wanted everyone to make a special effort to have a fun day with their kids, grandkids, significant others, friends, family – anyone they care about – and pause for a moment that day to remember her.

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Nicole, Carly & Julian

Posted at 03:00pm
Dear Stephen and family. We are so sorry for your loss. We celebrate Cathy's life. You are in our hearts.

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Fiona Bain-Greenwood

Posted at 10:47pm
I first met Cathy at my mother-in-law’s house one summer where she was there with her boys and mother-in-law. Even though it was the first time we met, by the end of the day, it felt like I had known her for years. She was so easy to talk to, so funny and such a fun mum. A few years later, Cathy and I worked together and the laughs continued. She was terrific with students, faculty and staff and made the best fudge I’ve ever eaten. We’re so sorry for your loss and send heartfelt condolences to the family.

Dedra Profitt

Posted at 12:34pm
I still can't believe such a bright light has left this world. I remember how warmly Cathy greeted me on my first day at work at Seneca. We worked together until she retired and still remained friends after that. We shared so many stories, tears and laughter. I am not a big fan of chocolate but Cathy's chocolate brownies, I could not resist. I will forever be grateful to have known her and her family. My prayers and thoughts are with all her boys.

Kathy Greenwood

Posted at 04:50pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. She was a lovely, kind person and I only have memories of her with a big warm smile on her face. My condolences to you, your boys and your grandson Mark, and to the rest of her family and friends.

Susan Savoie

Posted at 01:40pm
I'm so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing. I had the absolute pleasure of working with Cathy for many years and as has already been shared by so many, Cathy was a wonderful, warm and compassionate person. All traits I know she passed on to her sons. Working with both Daniel and Andrew for a number of years I recognized Cathy's influence especially in their sense of humour. My sincere condolences to Cathy's family and friends.


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