Catherine Coady (Burke) R.N.

May 31, 2021


Catherine Cecilia Coady (Burke) R.N. from Mount Pearl, NL passed away on the 31st May, 2021.

Originally from Colliers, NL, she is predeceased by her parents James and Cecilia Burke and in-laws William and Lucy Coady.

Cathy leaves to mourn her husband Bill; her loving daughters Renee (Geoff) Churchill and Lori. Loving Nan to her grandsons and  “bestest boys” William and Matthew, both of whom she was so deeply proud.

The youngest in a long line of siblings, predeceased by Patrick, James, and Betty, and sister-in-law Anne Coady, she is survived by her sister Ann, and treasured niece Sheila. She will be dearly missed by her numerous nieces and nephews, as well as her large circle of in-laws and extended family, particularly sisters-in-law Paula (Dominic), Margaret, Patricia (Des), Marilyn (Hazen), Anna, and brother-in-law Derm.

A proud graduate from St Clare’s School of Nursing, Cathy worked as a Registered Nurse at Palliative Care for many years.

Cathy was a fiercely loyal and generous friend to many; so many that to try and name them all would be impossible.

She was creative in her way of connecting with people; she was insightful, would hold a secret like a vault, and had a curious way of knowing when people were in need.

Her strength, resilience and calm way of dealing with any crisis ensured she was always one of the first to be reached out to for advice.

She could always be counted on to play a tune, or two, on one of her accordions and she made sure that her home was constantly filled with music.  If anyone ever left the Coady home hungry or thirsty, or not tapping their feet to the music, then it was said to be their own fault.

Her love of music could only be matched by her devotion to the Boston Bruins. It was a devotion that spurred many goodnatured family “discussions” with those who dared to  favour another hockey team. It was best to heed her advice for the player picks for a Stanley Cup Final pool; somehow, she just knew where the points would go.

The family wishes to say a special thank-you to her very good friend Jackie Tucker, whose support, care and kindness during her final days were appreciated more that she will ever know.

The family also wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to the nursing staff at the Health Sciences Centre for their care and empathy during Cathy’s final days.

Cremation has taken place.  Due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, a private burial and celebration of life will be planned for a later date.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Carnell’s Funeral Home.

Donations in Cathy’s memory can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Peter’s Parish.




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So sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. I worked with Cathy many years ago at St. Pat’s home. Then, many years later I met her again at the Palliative Care unit when I was there with my sister. She remembered me after all those years.
She was so kind. A very special person. I will always remember her.

Words cannot express the emptiness and sadness I feel with the news of Cathy’s passing. I knew Cathy through music and considered her my friend. She was the most thoughtful, caring, kind, generous person that I have known. I miss her dearly. My sincere condolences to her family and friends. God Bless.

Bill, Renee and Lori
Our sincere condolences to you . We were so sorry to hear about Cathy’s passing
Lucy and Bill Hynes

I’m so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing.
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

We were both saddened to hear that Cathy had passed away. It was always a pleasure to see her arrive at the office. We would both like to offer our condolences to Bill and her family.
Robin and Hazel Gamble

Bill and family, so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.. Maurice and Alice Lewis, King’s Cove.

So sorry to hear of Cath’y’s passing. My condolences to Bill and family..

To Cathy’s Family

Cathy was at St Clare’’s PCU in 1985 when my father-in-law passed away. She was the kindest person and explained everything that was happening to make it more comfortable for the family. Over the year I would run in to her at the grocery store or mall and we would always chat. I would see her at the graveyard flower service evening each year and she would say she never forgot the family and I certainly did not forget her .The sweetest kindest person. Rest In peace Cathy

So sorry to read of the passing of such an incredible nurse and friend .Cathy was truly one of a kind and I treasured our brief encounters . I know how heartfelt her loss was when Sharon died but knowing Cathy she kept strong until she could no longer do so .We are all so blessed for having known her .

To Bill and the Coady family,

So sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. She was a good friend and classmate (in nursing training). May she Rest In Peace.

Very sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dear Lori and family,
I am sorry for your loss and am upholding you in prayer.
I can see from theses messages how much Catherine was loved and the positive impact she has had in the world; may her spirit continue to live in you.

Sincere condolences to Cathy’s family.
Marie Duffett ( Class of ‘75)

Deepest sympathy to Cathy’s husband Bill & family on Cathy’s passing. I was in nurses training with her. She was a fun loving & kind person & I’m sure a wonderful Nurse. May you find peace in her treasured memories. God Bless you & may she RIP❤️

Biii,Renee,Lori and family
My most heartfelt condolences at this sad time following such a tremendous loss.
Cathy was my mentor,, my teacher, and. my friend. and having had her in each capacity I was so privileged. I will miss her always.

Sincere condolences on your loss
Thoughts & prayers are with you all

Maureen( Gushue) Woodford

Bill and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing. We have so may great memories of all you on Princeton Crescent Our thoughts are with you. Virginia and Family.

Bill and Famil,y
I was shocked and saddened to hear of of Cathy’s passing..
I have So many wonderful memories over the years.So enjoyed you guys as Our first tenants in our new house “a long time ago” Cathy was working on Surgery @The Grace then. A special nurse she was and was there when Clyde was dying and admitted to Palliative Care @ The Miller Centre.. She was there to greet us and Valerie,Darryl and I will never forget her kindness and Caring..Not to forget being entertained by her and her group @ Some of our Church Functions!!,
Keep all the wonderful memories you all have of her alive in your hearts.Condolences ,Prayers and Hugs to you all

Bill and family,
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Wendy and Paul

Our condolences to the family. So sorry for your loss !!

So very sorry for the loss of this true angel! Cathy I don’t know what mom would have done without you when dad passed… you’ve been there for all our events in our lives since…. rest easy…thoughts and prayers to your family in this time of grief.

I worked with ‘Coady’ as I called her in Palliative Care from 1980 until she retired. Longest time with any person I have ever worked. I found her caring, practical and committed. My 30+ years working with her was a grace. She was full of helpful advice.
We also played music together with her special friend Jacki.
She often spoke of the pride she felt for Bill, Lori and Renee.
So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person and devoted nurse

Bill and Family, my heart is with you at this time.

Bill and family. So sorry to hear of Cathy’s passing…Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time..

Bill and Family. So very sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one, especially one so close to you. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Glenda and Vince

To Renee, Geoff, William and Matthew,
Sending you our heartfelt condolences
on the passing of your mom and grandmother. While we never met her, it sounds as though you had a lifetime of happy memories, which will help you through the coming days.
We hope the love and support of friends and family ease your sadness through this challenging time. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care.
Joanne and Randy Hanlon

Bill, Lori, Renee, Geoff, Will, Matt and the Coady Family
We were so saddened by Catherine’s passing. Art and I have such beautiful memories of Catherine. We had wonderful meals at the Coady home and then enjoyed listening to Catherine’s laughter as she played tunes on her accordion. She was such a thoughtful and caring person and a fabulous nurse. Years ago, she gave me much comfort and support upon the passing of my mother Doris Pike and my husband Wince Churchill. Catherine and Wince had fantastic “jam” sessions together on their accordions. Catherine will live on in our hearts and minds. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

June and Art King

Deepest condolences to Catherine’s family on your loss .
Catherine was better known as “Burke” at St. Clare’s Nursing Residence and I have many memories of good belly laughs & fun times with her. Those fun times were also enjoyed at our reunions and I am so sad that we won’t have another opportunity. I’m sure she has made many wonderful memories with family & friends that will forever be cherished.

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Cathy, our St. Clare’s nursing classmate. My last memory of her was of our 40 year reunion in 2010 when she entertained us playing her beloved accordion and got us all up dancing. I had been looking forward to seeing her again in 2020 for our 5oth which, of course, has been delayed. It won’t be the same without her. Condolences to her family and the many friends who will feel her loss.

Sorry to hear this sad news. Deepest sympathy to the family at this difficult time. May your wonderful memories bring some peace.

Dave & I were saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. Our condolences to you Bill, Renee & family & Lori, our thoughts & prayers are with you all on this sad time in your lives.. Keep the memories you shared close to your hearts & she will be always be with you. Hugs to you all..

Our deepest sympathy to Bill, daughters Renee & family & Lori on the passing of Cathy..Thinking of you all and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time for you al.. R I P my dear friend Cathy.
Anita & Gordon Williams

To: Mrs Coady’s family,
Heard about Cathy’s passing through my brother Derm. As you grieve may you be blessed by the memories you hold dear, and that our thougths and prayer are with you.

Bill and Family

My sincere condolences to Bill and family on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Keep all the memories close to your hearts.

Michelle & Brad Moores

My sincerest condolences to the family on the loss of Cathy.

Thinking of you all during this very sad time. We were both very sad to hear the news of Cathy’s death. We always enjoyed our conversations with Cathy over the years. Always so kind and loving to our grandchildren Abby and Paige.. Cathy was a very down to earth and giving person. Try to hold all your happy thoughts and memories close to your hearts. Take care of one and another during the difficult days ahead. I know that she would want to do. As the saying goes “To Live In The Hearts of Those You Love is Not to Die” God Bless and may she Rest In Peace..

Bob & Michelle Smart

My sincerest condolences, Bill, Renee and family and Lori.
I was saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. My Mom,
Sharon ORielly loved Cathy so much. Herself and Cathy were like an old couple. Their banter to some may have seemed like they didn’t get along at times but they were two peas in a pod. From their days at Palliative care doing a job (and an amazing one at that) most didn’t understand. They both loved what they did. Anyone who had the pleasure of being in their care could see that.

Cathy was a loyal and devoted friend to my Mom in health and sickness. I will never forget her kindness . The hours and hours of visits to the HSC to see Mom. She was truly one of a kind, give you the shirt off her back, salt of the Earth. She always had a calm way of making you feel better, even thou the situation and moms sickness truly stunk. I wish I could of afforded her the same visits she gave my Mom, but even if I had known she was sick, Covid protocols would of never allowed me to visit. But I would of if I could of.

Herself and Mom are once again together, I’m sure taking care of them all up there (two type A personality’s)..
RIP Cathy, you will be dearly missed by the ORiellys!

Julie, Paul and Sharon’s two pride and joys Seamus and Culann Doyle.

Sincere condolences to the Coady family on the loss of Cathy..
Irene Benoit
Nursing Class of 70

Expressing since condolences to all the family on the loss of a wife, mother and grandmother. She cherished her family especially her grandsons William and Matthew. She will be truly missed by all.

Bill, Lori, Renee and family,
Although I’ve never met any of you I feel I know you all, I’ve been doing Cathy’s hair for 21 years, she spoke of you everytime she sat in my chair.
I will miss her dearly, she was beautiful inside and out with the kindest heart of all! Hold on to your memories of your beautiful mom because she was ” one of a kind” and she will be with you forever!!
Best regards

It is with great sadness that we learned of Cathy’s passing. Having only met you guys once out at Pat and Des in Knights cove a couple of summers ago for a memorable weekend of socializing and playing tunes. We were all truly impressed with Cathy’s accordion playing and Bob certainly enjoyed their duets. She was a wonderful lady. Sending our prayers and thoughts to you and your family at this difficult time. May she rest in peace.

Bill, Renee, Lori, & family,
We are very sorry to learn of Cathy’s passing. We always had wonderful visits at your home whenever we were in Mt. Pearl visiting Eileen. of course there was lots of conversations, laughter and food. WE are lifting you all up in prayer as you travel this difficult road. Hold on to all your wonderful memories may they bring you comfort and healing.
“in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge Psalm 57” Rest in Peace Cathy

Lori and family, so very sorry to hear this sad news. Our sincere condolences. . You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Catherine’s Family,

Condolences on your loved one’s passing.

Joan (Power) Peddle
Class of 71

Sincere condolences to Catherine’s family. I haven’t seen her in years, Catherine grew up next to our home in Colliers, keeping you all in my thoughts.

Bill and family,
Saddened to hear of Kathy’s passing . I always enjoyed meeting up with her and having a chat . She brought much joy to many with her music and it always seemed to give her much pleasure to perform for people.. Your memories are yours to cherish and love lives on . God Bless

I was so saddened to hear of Catherine’s illness and passing. Although I have not seen her much over the years I have wonderful memories of the time we spent together during our training at St. Clare’s. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Elizabeth (Ryan) Blake – Class of 70

Bill, and family, we are so shocked and saddened to hear of Catherine’s passing, we have some fond memories of days gone by.
Stay strong and keep your memories close to your heart, it will help you get through the days and nights ahead.

It was with such sadness I heard of Catherine’s passing.
We all had been looking forward to our 50th St. Clares;
reunion last year which due to Covid did not eventuate.
My deepest sympathy to all of your family.
Valerie Bowyer nee Post Class of 70

Dear Bill, Renee and Lori,
We are so sadden to hear about Cathy. Thinking of you all and sending love. Hold your memories close they will keep you strong.
With love,
Sean and Carolyn Barclay

So very sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing, I had the pleasure of knowing her as we were in the same graduating class from St. Clare’s. May she Rest In Peace, Florence Newton (Gillingham)

My sincere condolences to all the family . I was beyond shocked when I heard of Cathy’s passing. She was such a loyal friend to my sister Sharon O’Rielly , spending countless hours visiting her in hospital during her final days .I had many conversations with her and truly found out that she was a great person
My thoughts and prayers are with you all . Rest In Peace Cathy ????

My heartfelt condolences to Bill, Renee, Lori and family. I was so sad to learn of Cathy’s illness and passing. Even though it’s been a few years since I last saw her, I thought of her often because I was fortunate enough to have worked with her for 3 wonderful years at Palliative Care when it was at St. Clares. She was my greatest mentor and a true friend. Her compassion, kindness, and advocacy for her patients was second to none. I was so lucky to have her confidence and friendship. She taught me to make a St. Clares mitt with a wash cloth, and introduced me to Hawkins cheesies and the phrase “Jesus Mary” which I still say today when having a moment. Oh the laughs we shared and the knowledge she imparted. I will never forget her. My heart is heavy. A beautiful soul has taken to wing. God bless you Cathy and thank you. ❤️

Tracey Maloney

Bill, Renee, Lori and Cathy’s extended family and friends
My deepest sympathies for your loss. I knew Cathy through my cousins and as a fellow St. Clare’s graduate.. She was a very kind, caring and talented individual. Cherish your precious memories.

Bill, Renee and Lorie, I am so sad to hear of Catherine’s passing. She was a good friend to many and would do anything to help you.. I miss her dearly as will many others

Linda Doody

I got to meet Catherine through her music when she joined other jam performers at our winter monthly sessions at Liddy’s in Torbay. She was a very quiet lady, but spoke through her music that we all so much appreciated. If we ever get back to our sessions again, I will make sure we will pay special tribute to Catherine and her music that all of us enjoyed..

“Cathy Coady” is a name I had heard for years, but never really knew her. I got to know her a bit more in the past couple of years throughout her frequent visits to my mother (Sharon O’RIelly).

Cathy became family to us. I enjoyed talking to her but also but also enjoyed learning a bit about who she was and how she approached the world.

I found her to be a very interesting person and I think I can speak for my family when I saw we will always be thankful for everything she did for my mom and the rest of us.

Bill, Renee and Lori,
Gail and I are so saddened by Catherine’s passing. Our fond memories of Catherine will be those of her quick wit, laughter and fun at parties at the Coady house and her talent on the accordion.
Take care of each other.

The Torbay Folk Group would like to pass on our condolences to Cathy’s family and friends. Over the course of several years it was our pleasure to play along with her and the other members of the accordion group at our monthly jam sessions. She was a lovely person, quiet and unassuming, with an obvious love for music and her instrument of choice. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Jackie and the other members of the group who will surely miss her presence.

My deepest condolences to the Coady family. I have many memories of Mrs Coady. I practically lived at the Coady household as a teenager and I felt likepart of the family. I loved listening to her play the accordion and watch her dance.

Very sorry to hear the sad news. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I cherish the times Ida and I spent with you and Cathy.

Bill, Lori, Renee, Coady and Churchill families
So sorry to hear of Catherine’s passing. She has been good friend for 50 years. She was a very good, caring and generous person and will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences. May she Rest In Peace.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

I am so saddened to hear of Cathy’s passing. She was a good friend in residence during training and a kind and caring nurse to her patients. I had first hand experience with that caring when she looked after my husband at the PCU. My sympathy and prayers are with her and all her family.
Joan (Hartley) Kehoe

I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Cathy’s passing. She was a dedicated loyal friend to my sister, Sharon O’Rielly. I hope Sharon was there to meet her. My sincere condolences
Bonnie Brophy Brentnall

Bill, Lori, Renee, Geoff, Will and Matt.

Our family was very blessed when Geoff married Renee and your Mom and Dad became part of our extended family. Renee, your Mom always had a smile, and we always enjoyed visits with your parents during the holidays and your summer visits. We always felt welcomed. Your mom offered great support during
Dad’s illness, as she did for many during her years working in palliative care. Her big heart will live on in all your wonderful memories, which I hope will comfort you during this most difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all now and in the days to come.

All our love,

Susan, Darrell and Amy

I am so heart broken over the death of my dear friend, Cathy! From the time we shared our first cooler at Linedancing we became fast friends and there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t do for her and she for me! She guided me through the death of my husband and took me under her wing! She used to say to me “ You can’t fly on your own yet, but you will soon.” And I did and by that time she was my true friend, my confidant, my musical partner, my rock! We shared our love of music, she introduced me to her circle of friends, The Fortune Bay Dance, never had Arctic char til I met Cathy, folk festivals, concerts, and of course the hockey games at Mile One! I still don’t know the difference between Icing and offsides! But she didn’t mind we still had our fries and hoped one of us would win the 50/50! We delighted at learning a new song, Rockin On Water was one example! We loved going to Daffodill palace and Hillcrest senior home to entertain the residents
And no matter what I played on the guitar she followed me on the accordion, weather it was Irish, country, or a little Buddy Holly! She was such a talent! We spent many a Friday night in front of her fire ( she lived her wood stove) listening to VOWR and then Country Gary, and eating chips and dip! I express my sincere condolences to Bill and Renee and Lori and all of those who loved her! I will miss
her so much! Rest Easy my friend! Love you with all my heart ❤️

Marilyn and family,
So very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers
Mary and Calvin Baker

To the family of Catherine so sorry to hear about her passing ..