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.
    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 !

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