Catherine Milne

Obituary of Catherine Beatrice Milne

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Milne, Catherine Beatrice          Dec. 24, 1927 - Jan. 7, 2022


Formerly of Lambert Drive, Belleville


Peacefully passed in her 95th year with family Catherine & Alexandrea by her side at BGH on Friday, Jan.7/22. Close family had all been there immediately prior.


Childhood sweetheart, and beloved wife of late David Williamson Milne for over 50 yrs.; loving and devoted mother of Catherine Nancy Milne (John Gibson) of Foxboro, and Jacqueline Heather Milne (Paul Webber) of Belleville.


Cherished grandmother of Catherine Fiocco (Marc) of Campbell River, B.C., Alexandrea Milne-Gibson (Jake Grierson) of Marysville, and Nicholas Milne-Gibson (Natalie Butler) of Campbell River, B.C.


Predeceased by parents Catherine (nee Shaw) and Arthur Vincent; sister to Arthur, Ron (Diane) of Vancouver, John (Sandra) Vincent and sister Lois (Ron) Chamberlain of Winnipeg, Man.


Remembered lovingly by nieces and nephews, Cathie Robbins, David Gibson (Liza), Helen Gibson, Donna Despins (Les), Nancy Fluke (Tim), Sandra Robertson (Jack), Jennifer Ryan (Doug), Margaret Dyck (Jacques) of Manitoba, Christine Friars (Gerry), Charlene Van den Akker (Charles) of Lethbridge, Alta., Ron Vincent (Tiffonie) and Jonathan Vincent of Vancouver, B.C. and the late Fernie John McGeachan of New Mexico.


Sadly missed by godchildren Morgan, Madison & Wyatt Brauer and parents, Cathy & Jamie; and close friend of 80+ yrs., Rev. Zenovia Skibinski of Toronto, predeceased by 60+ yr. friend

Rev. Margaret Pogue of Oshawa.


Longtime member and numerous friends of CFB Trenton 8 Wing Associate Member Officers Mess, CFOW Officers’ Wives Club, Retired Civil Servants group, Air Force Assoc., 415 Wing Picton, Highlands’ Women’s Institute, Trenton Senior Citizens Club #105 and her mall coffee clutch. Served in all chairs, crowned Queen and long-time member of Jephthah Chapter No.22, Order of the Eastern Star, Winnipeg, Man.


Catherine took pride & was an extremely conscientious Executive Assistant for the Canadian Railway, Hudson Bay House, and Bristol Aerospace, Winnipeg; Real Estate agent in Barrie, Ont. and finally retired after 18 yrs. as the Commanding Officer’s Secretary for 436 Sqn. CFB Trenton, Ont. Though very proud of David, & her 2 daughters, she was enormously proud of her 3 grandchildren with whom she spent as much time as possible.


Catherine was born, a non-person in 1927 in Misericordia Hospital, Winnipeg on Christmas Eve. A child of the Great Depression, eldest of 4, completed her Matriculation & University entrance exams 1945 in Charleswood; sandbagged in the 1950 Great Winnipeg Flood; attended business college (worked her way through with her exceptional Pitman Shorthand); married in 1954, a Cold War pilots’ wife across the country from her family; survived ruptured appendix; numerous operations including thyroid removal twice and severe depression; 2 house fires; heart attack; breast cancer; and at 92 was still driving to clubs and visiting friends in their Seniors’ homes.

Vital, determined, and young at heart, Catherine will be fondly missed by all the lives she touched with her friendly smile, kindness, ease, and generosity. She was “ the unofficial Squadron confidant”! Mom was always there for anyone who needed her.


Mom would have liked to wish everyone she knew the best and to let them know just how much she appreciated them.


The family extends heartfelt thank you to all the caregivers in BGH Emergency Dept., on the 5th & 6th floors Quinte and in the ICU for their outstanding help in Catherine’s time of need.


In lieu of flowers, donations to BGH Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation or The Breast Cancer Society of Canada in memory of Catherine will be appreciated by her family.


Cremation has taken place; arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville (613-968-2273)


A Celebration of Life will be held this spring at Farmgate Gardens where Catherine spent many happy hours.



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