June 16, 1948 – Feb 21, 2019
Born in Vancouver, Kate was the first child to Trevor and Eileen Horsley, followed by a brother (Mark) and sister (Susan). Trevor, being a mining engineer, later brought the family to live in Cassiar, northern BC—now a ghost town following the mine’s closure.
Kate moved with her family to Toronto as a teenager, choosing to remain once her parents returned to Vancouver. She began working in the music and record industry as a secretary at RCA Records, and then as a public relations specialist for A & M Records. During this time she met her eventual husband Frank at a music industry function in Regina, SK.
After their marriage, Kate became a professional entertainment writer, publishing regularly in the Toronto Star and Starweek magazine among others, writing concert reviews, features and interviews with various prominent artists, entertainers, and public figures.
Two children followed, Julian and Miguel, and the family eventually moved to the Ottawa area. While living near Moose Creek, ON, Kate decided to earn a Social Service Worker diploma from St. Lawrence College at age 50. This opened up a new career in the school system, reflecting her compassion for youth with special needs, and fostered some special friendships that survived her retirement.
After earning her diploma, Kate’s interest in and talent for painting and drawing began to blossom. Following the family’s move to Ottawa in 2002, she became a prolific artist and also joined Arteast, an art collective in which she found a deep sense of community and kinship. Her works have been sold, commissioned, and honoured with special recognition and awards at juried exhibits at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Her art style during her last years was inspired both by her deep love of nature, and the people closest to her.
Beloved by her grandchildren Senna and Noah, and her extended family and friends, Kate will be remembered for her humility, her endless compassion, and her late-life participation in ukulele jam sessions.
A remembrance event will be held on March 30, 2019. Any donations in remembrance, or proceeds of the sale of some remaining paintings, should go to Child Haven Int’l, a locally-based charity that she and the family support. www.childhaven.ca