Kathaleen Dance

Kathaleen Dance

Saturday, April 23rd, 1932 - Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
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Kathaleen Mae Dance (1932-2020)

In the early daylight hours of September 9, 2020, Kathaleen Mae Dance (nee Robinson) passed away peacefully at Sunset Manor assisted living facility in Collingwood, Ontario. Predeceased by her husband of 38 years James Malcolm Dance, by her sister Marie Risebrough (late Orval) and brother Clarence (Sonny) Robinson (Marlene), sons James (Jimmie) Donald and Francis (Frank) Ronald, and her daughter- in- law Ruth Dance (Kaniuk). Born in Collingwood on April 23, 1932 to the late John and Edna Robinson, Kathaleen is survived by her brothers Doug (late Suzanne), Donald (Cathy), Dennis (late Shirley) and Ronald, and her children John Thomas (Nancy Lynn Wilson), and Linda Kathleen (David Hank deRuiter). Lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Alysha Guest (Stuart), Allison deRuiter, Warren Dance, Malcolm deRuiter, Kaitlyn Buske (Tyler), Jamie Dance, Kaileigh Dance, Kathaleen Dance, Jack Dance, and her great-grandchildren Benjamin Dance, Harrison Guest and Charles Buske.

Kathaleen was an avid skier in her youth, participating in provincial ski championships with her older sister Marie. Whenever it was cold outside and with some delight, she would tell her children of the early days of Blue mountain when she would help to use a sleigh to lift skiers arriving in Craigleith to the ski hill from the train depot to the ski hill. In her later years she frequently dreamed of returning to the ski hill.

For most of their child-raising years, Jim and Kath were avid gardeners. In later years, along with their son Frank, they operated a small greenhouse business. Kath was an active member of the local horticultural society, and enjoyed participating in their exhibitions.

When her children and grandchildren were figure skating or playing hockey, she was a keen supporter and was often seen at the Eddie Bush arena.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Sunset Manor for the care and attention their mother received during her time spent there.

A private family graveside service will be held at First Presbyterian Cemetery on September 15, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or First Presbyterian Church would be greatly appreciated.
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    Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
    First Presbyterian Cemetery
    Poplar Sideroad
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    Private family graveside service.
    Rev. Tim Raeburn-Gibson
  • Interment

    First Presbyterian Cemetery
    Poplar Sideroad
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Craig Robinson

Posted at 07:20pm
Linda, Tom and family

Please accept sincerest condolences on behalf of Camille, Emmitt, and I. I will always remember your mother and the greenhouses. Dad would take me up to the greenhouses every morning when we were in Collingwood visiting because I was always up early and he wanted to let everyone else sleep. So off to Uncle Jim and Auntie Kath's greenhouses we went. It certainly didn't hurt that I had so much fun when I was there. She was always willing to entertain the kid running through the greenhouses and sit at the kitchen table and have a coffee and talk.

Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Love Craig, Camille, and Emmitt

Tim Fryer

Posted at 09:55am
Linda and Tom: We were all very saddened with Kathy's passing. It truly brought forward many memories about Kathy and your family to the forefront of our minds. The fondest one is how strong of a lady Kathy was. We enjoyed many conversations over the years, more so of course when our lives intertwined. Unfortunately less over the past while but when we did get a chance to chat her strength continued to shine right through. We sincerely wish to pass on our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Tim Fryer and family

Yvonne Plater

Posted at 08:59am
Our deepest condolences on your loss. Kathaleen was a kind, generous, and helpful neighbour. From the Szuta family.

Judy Garbutt

Posted at 10:37am
Linda and family,

I am sorry for the loss of your mom. Want you to know I am thinking of you.

Penny Skelton

Posted at 09:55pm
The Dance clan has lost one of its matriarchs. When thinking of memories of your mom , I remember heading to the end of Napier to the greenhouse annually. My fondest memory of your Mom is the way she parked and flew into church. Her car was always across our driveway and she would always yell- don't worry I won't be long. I always laughed, of course the car really wasn't in our way at all. Remember and tell stories, cherish the memories . Take care

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