Catherine Gourley Pears

Catherine Gourley Pears

Catherine Gourley Pears

December 29, 1947 - August 8, 2016


Catherine Anna Gourley (Cathie), our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister, took her final breath on Monday, August 8th, aged 68, after a courageous15-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband Ron Pears, daughters Mia and Georgia (Taylor), granddaughter Willa, brother Robert (Rachel) and nephews Benjamin and Jonathan.


Cathie worked as a journalist in business and finance for a number of years for dailies in Winnipeg and Vancouver, the Financial Post, as well as various other publications. She also wrote Island in the Creek, a book about the history of False Creek, where she, Ron, and their daughters first lived. She attended Balmoral Hall School in Winnipeg and later obtained degrees from the University of Manitoba, the U.B.C., and Carlton University.


During their 34 years in marriage, Cathie went on many exotic trips with Ron around the world as well as annual family trips with their two daughters. But despite her thirst for adventure, Cathie always said she was happiest at home with her husband and girls, whom she adored, cuddling and watching movies. She also treasured their summers spent together at their cabin in Buccaneer Bay, and cruising on their powerboat throughout the B.C. coast. The four of them - Cathie, Ron, Mia and Georgia - were incredibly close, and became even closer during the 15 months of Cathie's illness.


Cathie's devotion to family stems from her experience growing up in Winnipeg and spending summers at Lake of the Woods, with her mother Margaret, her adoring father Arthur, who coined her "Sweetie Pie", a nickname that stuck with her all her life, her brother Robert, and her many dear aunts, uncles and cousins. During those early days, she also developed a great love for fine art, and up until her death was eyeing galleries and auctions for her next purchase.


Cathie will always be loved and remembered for her bright mind, her sharp wit, her fun-loving attitude, and for her unwavering devotion and generosity to her family and friends. An enthusiastic skier, tennis-player, and golfer, Cathie loved any activity that brought her together with her friends, and indeed she made friends everywhere she went; striking up conversations with strangers regardless of their abilities, backgrounds, or age. She will be forever missed by the many people whose lives she touched.


A celebration of Cathie's life will be held at Ryerson United Church, 2195 West 45th Avenue, Vancouver at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, August 23rd, with a reception to follow at Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road.

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