Catherine Louise Tortoys

June 25, 1961 – August 4, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Catherine Louise Tortoys.
Cathy was raised for several years in California. With her parents, she enjoyed countless camping trips in the desert and many hot and sunny days on the beaches. Cathy and her family returned to BC when Cathy was 10. It took Cathy some time to shed her “Americanisms”.

Happy times in her youth and childhood days spent fishing with her dad, learning to play the organ with mom and times spent with horses. Cathy loved all animals and shared a special connection with them.
Cathy was a long time employee at ICBC where she formed many lasting friendships. She was a member of Mission Elks #30. Cathy was a generous and caring person, who would not hesitate to help family or friends. She will be greatly missed.

Cathy was predeceased by her father Ken, her grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cathy will be lovingly remembered by her mother Vera, Aunt Rita, Uncle Ed (Deb) and by many cousins and friends.

A Celebration of life will be held on August 25 at 1:00 pm at Garden Hill Funeral Home, 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to McKenney Creek Hospice c/o the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Joan and Gail McCully :

    our love goes out to you Vera and to the family. Hold Cathy’s memory forever in your hearts.

  2. Vera you & Cathy hold a very special place in our hearts as neighbors & most importantly as friends. We treasure our memories living beside you. Our hearts go out to you Vera for the loss of such a wonderful daughter.
    Cathy was very loved and will be missed by all those that had the honour of knowing her. Our last memory of Cathy was in hospital, smiling & looking beautiful. God Bless❤️
    The Mercer Family
    Rich, Laura, Natalie & Sean

  3. Diane Humphries :

    Vera, your love for your girl has walked her up the stairway to Heaven. We are saddened by her sudden loss. Gods blessings.

  4. Maggie Barron :

    Vera, Rita and family

    My deepest sympathy for you Vera. I know you will miss her everyday. She will always be in your heart.

    Rita, Vera David and the remaining family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  5. Marina Barron :

    To Dave,Phyllis ,Rita,Vera and kids?
    So sorry to hear off ur loss,may Cathy Rip.
    Hugs,
    Marina and Jay,
    Kelowna b.c.

  6. Tina Ciamarra :

    To my Bella! I’m sure your are lighting the heavens with your smile, and I’ll treasure and hold dear to my heart the last smile you had for me day before you departure…
    Vera ,Rita, Uncle Ed and cousins my deepest and sincere condolences…
    She will be in our hearts….
    Hugs…Tina and Family

  7. Sylvia Tompkins :

    Dearest Vera,
    I am so sad at the loss of Cathy. She always had such a beautiful smile and I too will miss her. You and Cathy shared a warm bond together and I know you will miss her terribly. God Bless You Vera,
    with love from your friend, Sylvia Tompkins & Jason.

  8. Good bye…Cathy will miss your presence here and your laugh…and of course singing for you at Karokee so you could get up and dance….good times……Miss you RIP my friend….My Condolences to all the family….

  9. Vera,
    The right words can be so hard to find .
    Simply know that I’m thinking of you every moment .
    Cathy has gone from our sights but NEVER from our hearts .
    Please remember that you are not alone … I will be here for you !

  10. Penny Pearson :

    Vera, I was shocked and deeply, truly saddened when I heard about Cathy. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. She would spend so many evenings talking with Ken outside around the wood stove in our backyard. Talking and laughing. At the end of the evening Ken and Sting would walk her home. Sting would wait at the end of your driveway until Cathy was inside – safe – then he would turn and run back home. That was his job. Keeping her safe. He did this because he loved her and he knew she treasured him. Sting like Ken was an odd duck but Cathy was kind and understanding to both and I will always appreciate that.

  11. Lorraine Potgieter :

    My dearest Vera, I am so terribly sorry that I am not able to attend Cathy’s celebration of Life tomorrow. I had my bloodwork today and unfortunately my white blood count is very low, so it will not be advisable for me to be out in public. I am so glad that I managed to see Cathy in hospital. May she rest in peace. I am sure she is dancing with the angels – free from all her pain and suffering Take care dear Vera – God bless!! <3

  12. I only found out today about Cathy’s passing. Where do I start, we were a bunch of young kids trying to figure out the world. My friends and I met Cathy while using the CD Radio. We all started hanging out and getting into regular teenager activities, especially roller skating at the North Vancouver Stardust. It became a regular weekend event. Our friendship grew and eventually became part of Cathy’s family, we could have started calling Vera “Mom” since we were there so often and was welcomed by open arms. We had some many adventures it would take a book to write. Our circle of friends will miss Cathy very much and wish we could have attended the service but we had no idea. We love you and Rest In Peace my friend.

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