In Memory of




Obituary for Mary Catherine Farrell

Cherished mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Catherine passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Sunday, December 3, 2023 in her 93rd year.

Catherine was born in Belleville on June 20, 1931 to Peter and Vera Fortin (nee Gorman). She was predeceased by her husband Thomas (2005). Loving mother to John, James, Mary, Diane, Louise (Craig), Justin (Cristita), and Barbara (Geordan). Adoring grandmother to Emily McIntyre (Kevin), Katie Fortin (Elie); Colleen and Hannah Farrell; Cameron, Andrew, and Aidan Maltman; Gavin, Isla, and Kieran Chester. She is survived by her sisters Yvonne Melancon and Elaine Cooper.

Catherine lived a spirited and independent life in her beloved family home until her passing. She was soft spoken, positive, and always enjoyed a good laugh. Catherine had many hobbies including sewing (for her grandchildren), baking (apple pie was her specialty), reading, crossword puzzles and travelling across Canada to visit family. Catherine’s greatest joy was her grandchildren. She was always present at their activities and so proud of their many accomplishments.

Catherine’s strong Catholic faith was a constant source of comfort and guidance throughout her life. She was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for over 70 years. In her giving nature, she would visit hospitalized parishioners to offer support.

We will miss our daily phone calls to mom. Our mother’s life was honoured with a mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church and a private gathering where family wore vibrant colours to celebrate a beautiful life lived.