Her family and friends wish to let everyone know about the gentle passing of Kathie England Menogue, who finally succumbed to the cancer that had ravaged her body, but not her mind, and died peacefully at home late Tuesday night. Kathie, 54, at last reached the end of her journey that has taken her all over the world and has touched the hearts and minds of all who were lucky enough to know her. In her wake she has left a loyal and loving husband of 31 years, John Menogue, his brothers and their partners Mick (Luanne) and Pat (Laura), his sisters Mindy — whose help in the last few days was immeasurable and will not be forgotten — and Kris (Richard Watson), and his mother Yvonne Menogue. Also grieving are her father, Gerry, who lost his wife Mai-Liisa — Kathie’s mother — to cancer in 1990, his second wife Margaret, and Kathie’s brother Terry and his wife Carol. Uncle George England and Aunt Nancy and first cousins Bill, his wife Beth (a cancer survivor) and Nancy, and her husband John Sulja, also mourn Kathie’s passing, as do Kathie’s various nieces and nephews.
After she got the terrible news that she had breast cancer eight years ago, a resolute Kathie determined that she and John would experience all they possibly could in the time she had left. To that end, the two took cruises to the Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean and most recently to Cambodia and Vietnam. They also spent a lot of time in the Caribbean, especially at a rented house in Kathie’s beloved Antigua, overlooking English Harbour. Shortly after she was diagnosed, Kathie was introduced to the WonderBroads dragon boat team by her good friend Peggy. The WonderBroads are breast cancer survivors from across Essex County and Kathie became one of its strongest paddlers. The group travels all over Ontario and Michigan to compete against other survivors and recently even went to Australia to go against the world’s best. It is on behalf of the WonderBroads, a wonderful yet underfunded organization, that Kathie pleads for financial support; instead of sending flowers please donate the equivalent money to the WonderBroads, via www.FamiliesFirst.ca. You can also do this at the memorial visitation for Kathie on Friday from 6-9 p.m. There will be lots of pictures there and all those who loved Kathie and miss her infectous smile and bubbly personality. An informal service for her friends and family — who are asked to wear casual attire — will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Families First, 1065 Lauzon Rd. (519-969-5841,) where we can share stories and celebrate Kathie’s life. After cremation, her ashes will be spread partly in Lake Erie near her cottage in Colchester and partly in the Caribbean. Although her body may be gone from our sight, our love for her and our wonderful memories of Kathie and her valiant struggle will be with us forever. www.familiesfirst.ca