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Mary Catherine (née McCormick) Finn

FINN, Mary Catherine (née McCormick) - June 6, 1943 to July 19, 2015. Aged 72 years. Born: Peterborough, Ontario. Died: Toronto, Ontario. She passed away quietly in her sleep. Catherine was born with a sharp wit and steely backbone that can only come from growing up as a woman in the Irish Catholic tradition of the middle 20th Century. She was a voracious reader, a lover of life, and a fearless defender of the world of ideas. She loved family, fine wine and good food, in that order, preferably shared over a candle-lit table with good music and excellent company. She met the love of her life, Gerry, during high school and they married shortly thereafter. Their life-long relationship was a true partnership and they brought out the best in each other. She made many sacrifices in life so that her three sons could benefit in ways that she did not. By her example she instilled in each of them love for the arts, passion for social justice, and humility in generosity. Her six grandchildren brought her enormous joy and were her favourite subject of conversation. A connoisseur of words, she would want you to know that she always believed Margaret Atwood was vastly overrated and Margaret Laurence equally underrated. In lieu of donations, Catherine would want you to do everything you can to drive Stephen Harper from office, right out of the country, and into the deep blue sea if possible. Also, she would like you to fix the CBC. She is predeceased by her husband Gerald "Gerry" Finn, her parents James and Kathleen (née O'Leary) McCormick and her sister Mary Frances. She is survived by her siblings Barbara, Robert and Peter, her three sons Patrick, Andrew (Evelyn Paris), and Jonathan (Janice Maarhuis), and six beautiful grandchildren: Molly, Max, Elliott, Thomas, Naomi and Neve. We miss her so much. You were one of the good ones mom. We love you. Donations to St. Joseph's Health Centre are most welcome:
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Beautiful tribute
Posted by Paul Martin ((none)) On Saturday, August 1, 2015
My condolences to your family. What a great homage to your Mom. Although we have Irish roots in common, I never met your Mom but I have no doubt I would have enjoyed meeting such a free spirit. Our father passed away about a week after her. Had we seen this wonderfully drafted obit before, we surely would have been inspired to "borrow" a few ideas from it, especially the Harper bit ;-). Again, my sympathies for your loss.

- Paul Martin, Montréal.

Fond memories
Posted by Janet Blachford (Fellow merry maker at CCPA meetings, long ago.) On Friday, July 31, 2015
Catherine was the spirit of many happy times at CCPA meetings across the country. We met in June, for three days a year, and seeing Catherine again was always like meeting a very dear friend. I love the obit, and so would she. We spouses played and laughed together, and also learned a lot about Canada, from far east to far west. I send you, her real family, deepest sympathy in your loss. She will be very well remembered.
Posted by Brenda from Regina ((admirer)) On Thursday, July 30, 2015
My Heartfelt Sympathy to Mary's family and friends. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your mom, I feel like I knew her through this beautifully written obituary. The one thing we would have had in common is having Steven Harper thrown out. In honor of her memory,,, Mary will have my vote. Rest in Peace sweet lady.
A great tribute
Posted by Catherine Agar (none) On Thursday, July 30, 2015
While I don't agree with the Harper challenge I fully appreciate the message in this obit. What a splendid way to honour your Mom's passions. We should all honour our loved ones with a bit of cheeky humour. It helps remind us that a funeral is meant to be a celebration of life.
Posted by Patricia Burns (none) On Thursday, July 30, 2015
Although I never met your mom I feel I knew her by reading her obituary.

I will do my very best to honour your moms wishes.

I appreciate women with strong beliefs!

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