Katherine Mary Floyd 1949-2010

Katherine Mary (Forwood) Floyd

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Katherine Mary Floyd nee Forwood, 60 of Halifax passed away the 22nd July 2010 at Victoria General Hospital. Born in Halifax in 1949, Kathy was the daughter of Muriel (Zinn) and the late Gerald Forwood.

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During her early career Kathy worked for Canadian Customs before she had her son and became a full time stay at home mother. Kathy was very involved in many volunteer roles in both her children’s schools and in the greater community including work as a playground supervisor at both George Bissett and Col.John Stuart Elementary schools. During the early 90’s Kathy helped set up and run a Meals on Wheels program in Cole Harbour. She later became involved in many aspects of the Dartmouth Skating Club including volunteer work for Skate Dartmouth and Skate Canada. Her many roles included hospitality, registration and she could be counted upon to do whatever was needed. Most recently Kathy worked at the Diocesan Bookroom.

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Kathy is survived by her loving husband John, son Anthony, daughter Paula, grandchildren Aidan and Quinlan (Floyd,) brother Paul Forwood and cousins Maureen, Patricia and Frank (Zinn.)

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Visitation will be held Sunday 25th July 2010 at 2 pm to 4 pm and 6pm to 8pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 2032 Robie Street, Halifax. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday 26th July 2010 at 11 am, St. Patrick’s, 2267 Brunswick St, Halifax with Father LaPorte officiating. Interment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lower Sackville.

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In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Ovarian Cancer research at www.ovariancanada.org or a charity of your choice in Kathy’s name.

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The family would like to send special thanks to a number of people involved in Kathy’s cancer treatment; the nurses and staff of the ward 11 chemo unit particularly: Ramona, Vivian, Smiley and her doctors Dr. Paula Rittenberg, Dr. Katharina Keiser, and her nurses Kathy Mac, Laverne, Thelma and Jodie. The kind support and sensitive care over the last 5 years has been appreciated more than you know.

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This was one of the hardest things I have ever had to write. Kathy was a fine mother-in-law, a great mother, loving wife and a doting grandmother. She could be sarcastic and stubborn but she loved to laugh and have a good time. I am pretty sure that is why Anthony had such a strict curfew for the longest time. Even though she was a little worried about her little boy being so serious so early she made me feel welcome in the family . . . eventually. I know she took distinct pleasure in telling others that “Gwen was such a quiet and polite girl before she became involved in our family.” Kathy took full credit for making me the sarcastic person you know today, and she wasn’t too far off.

I know that Kathy was very happy when Anthony and I became engaged, but it was nothing like when we told her she was going to be a grandmother. I know she must have been absolutely thrilled and it was momentous because it was the reason she quit smoking. There was almost nothing she wouldn’t do for her grandsons.

We love her and we will miss her very much.

7 comments to Katherine Mary Floyd 1949-2010

  • Michelle

    I am so sorry to hear this Gwen and Anthony.I’ve been praying for her this week.{{{{huge hugs to everyone in the family}}}

    I can’t imagine what thoughts and emotions the boys are going through..

  • Aw, Gwen, Anthony, I’m so sorry. Thinking of you guys. If you need anything we can provide, let me know.
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..GTT- If there was anyone I could be… =-.

  • A nice tribute, Gwen. Makes me teary actually. I’ve been thinking about you guys – especially Aidan and Anthony. Although it was expected it must be quite tough on you all.
    .-= Marilyn (A Lot of Loves)´s last blog ..A Bucket of Water Will Buy an Hour of Quiet- Wednesday of Few Words =-.

  • A lovely tribute Gwen. And just like you to include a couple of smiles too… and kind of nice to know where your sarcasm may have come from.

    We’ve been thinking about you guys and hoping you were doing okay. I know this will be a tough week on all of you.

  • Holly

    Gwen, my thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I’m sending you oodles of hugs.

  • What a wonderful tribute you wrote Gwen, painting a portrait of a vital woman of many interests and totally involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives. I love how that last photo of Kathy shows her enjoying the moment, having a laugh. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult days.

  • Kelly and Keith McQuoid

    Hi Gwen – we are with you guys in spirit. Please give Anthony and Uncle John a hug from Keith and I.