Kathy Moore

A fond farewell to long-time Chatham resident, (Helen) Kathleen (Kathy) Moore, who was called to Heaven’s Commissary on September 29, 2019.  She overcame great adversities in her life to become a kind, generous, and fun-loving person, and her determination and work ethic were truly commendable.  She worked diligently at the Southwest Regional Centre for 30 years with the developmentally disabled; was a teacher’s aide and helped the deaf community through sign language; owned and operated “My Place Café”; was a mail carrier at the Chatham Post Office for  many years; and later established her current business, What’s 4 Dinner,” which was created out of her love for the culinary arts, along with her commitment to give back to her community.

Kathy will be remembered as a person with a big heart, who could make anyone in her presence belly laugh until it hurt.  She was devoted to her family and friends, passionate about cooking, loved travelling, and was dedicated to all the endeavours she pursued and the loved ones she held dear.

Kathy will be joining her mother Helen Austin; her father Robert Watson (Bob); her mother Shirley Miller and father Clarence (Bud) Miller; the father of her children, William (Bill) Moore; her brothers Dennis and Rick; beloved pets Buffy, Snookie, Skippy, Buddy, Ganja, and Crackers; and many wonderful friends.

She leaves many loved ones to cook and laugh on their own, including her partner Lee Jackson; her children Kelly (Nathan) Dietrich, Kerrie (Gary) Hind, Kyle (Genevieve Dahan) Moore, and Kevin Moore; her “adopted” children Stephanie (Andrew) Wilcox, Paige Flint, Andrew Jackson, and Becca Webster; her sisters, Susan Labombard (Rick), Denise (JB) Badgley, Brenda Austin, and Laurie Austin-Brown (Andy); her brothers, Brian (Diane) Miller, and John Austin; her grandchildren Kaidence, Karlee, Mac, Mollie, Kalen Rachel and Cheyene; many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.

Kathy provided us with a lot of material throughout her 68 years, and we could write a book on all her antics – most of which are absolutely hilarious! Whether it’s smuggling cheese across the USA/Canadian border, to parenting random animals, traveling Thailand with her sons, and so many more; the memories she left behind are etched in our hearts and are priceless.   

A classic Kathy story: Kathy was left at the beach in Manzanillo, Mexico only to realize three (3) hours later that she was missing. With no phone, no money and not able to speak Spanish, she wasn’t upset at the situation and was joking about it right away.  This is a true testament to Kathy’s character, as she didn’t sweat the small stuff and could see humour in almost anything.

Kathy left a huge impact on everyone she met, and her love, encouragement and sense of humour will live on through the memories she left behind.  She truly was a kind soul with a big heart, who had the ability to love effortlessly and unconditionally.  

In closing this chapter of her life, a befitting quote: “Some family trees have beautiful leaves and some just have a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.” 

A Celebration of Life will be held on October 13, 2019 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Moose Lodge at 850 Richmond Street in Chatham, and any donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice. Drop in – stay for a minute or hours to share a favourite Kathy story! 

She is already greatly missed!

26 Comments on “Kathy Moore”

  1. To Kathy’s family: I have never read such a beautiful tribute to a daughter, sister, wife, mother and aunt. What a blessing Kathy must have been to so many in her life. My prayers and thoughts are with your family. Kathy is rejoicing with the loved ones that have gone before her. ❤️

  2. Great tribute to a wonderful person! Knew Kathy in High School! Always had a smile! Met up with her again when her girls were small! Condolences to all of her Family! Hugs and prayers!

  3. What a beautiful tribute to Kathy. Her laugh is what i will remember the most. Worked with her as an E.A. at H. A. Tanser. Heaven received a special angel. Condolences to all her knew her
    Sally Thompson

  4. What a wonderful tribute to Kathy. She was always doing for others, not just her family but also for the whole community. She did not have an easy journey, but managed to conquer all and always made life better for others. She was the Best and will be truly missed. My thoughts are with you Lee and her family. Hugs Faye Letts (cousin)

  5. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to have known her . She was a very kind generous loving and hard working woman. Always had a story to share she wore her heart on her sleeve for sure she was honest and real and always a smile no matter how difficult the trials s,.he went through Kathy she always pressed forward with a positive attitude. She inspired me and taught me to do the same I will miss her dearly! Good by my friend till we meet again!

  6. My deepest sympathy. I first met Kathy at SWRC. Quite a lady! Always enjoyed the time we shared. She was a good, kind and generous person. Her suffering is over. May she Rest In Peace. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Lee, I didn’t know Kathy, but I know you always spoke very highly of her, so I would have t say she was an angel gone to see her saviour. My condolences to all family.

  8. i worked for Kathy for a short time. What a beautiful lady with such a gentle soul.and that sense of humour kept us laughing constantly. She always teased me about my inability to make pie crust. Yup she even tried. And just laughed at my my mistakes with it. Heaven has gained an amazing angel. Rip Kathy. My condolences to Lee and all her family.

  9. Kelly, Kerrie, Kyle and Kevin….my heart goes out to you all. Kathy and I always had a great conversation whenever we met up over the years. She will be sorely missed. Take care.

  10. Our condolences to all who knew this fun crazy lady ..not a dull moment in her company ever..she brought out the best in everything she did ..the gentry manor will never smile as much ..rest in peace my friend

  11. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful soul. She will be missed but fondly remembered. Love & hugs to you all.

  12. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss! May all the good memories brings comfort at this difficult time!
    Nicole & John Beauvais

  13. Great lady, Great fun, Great Energy, Great Cook….Greatly Missed…
    May all the wonderful memories heal your hearts…..HUGS



  15. Lee and family,

    What a touching tribute; your loss is felt by everyone who reads it.
    Keep the strength that you have always shown. My thoughts are with you.
    Marianne Dietrich

  16. It is indeed the nuts that make the tree worth shaking! Aunt Kathy’s sense of humor is immediately brought to mind when reflecting on my time with her. Always ready to laugh and to provide the laugh in really any situation. While I’m not often quoting Hunter S. Thompson for a variety of reasons, this quote I believe is relevant when reflecting on Aunt Kathy and the life she lived.
    “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow! What a Ride!”
    Lord, thank you so much for the life Aunt Kathy lived, the lives she touched by her laugh, her smile and her heart for others.
    Much love to all of you.

  17. I had so many great times with Kathy. I will miss telling her all my secerts that I would not tell anyone else. I hope her and Joanne are together eating all the french fries in heaven.

  18. My condolences to all of Kathy’s family
    I first met her through working at Southwestern Regional Centre many years ago .
    She was a call in at that time . I always knew that it was going to be a good shift when I saw her walk in . I could be having an off day , either in my personal life or at work and Kathy always made me feel better . She would talk about difficult things going on in her life , and do with a laugh and say that it would look brighter soon
    To just deal with it not to sweat the small stuff .
    I always found her way to deal with adversities to be a great lesson and tried to be that way also .
    After I retired , Kathy offered me a job managing “Kathy’s Kloset”! It was always a good and sometimes hilarious time.
    I will miss her greatly , her kindness to everyone, her comedic ways , everything.
    May her family grow stronger at this difficult time .
    She was one of a kind . God Bless

  19. To the partner & family of Kathy, sister Susan & brother Brian (Miller): So sorry for your loss of Kathy. I recall with fondness back in PS days at McKeough always a smile and very friendly. In later years we met up at Kathy’s business on Lowe St. Kathy would speak fondly of her family. Once again while ushering at our theatre in Chatham, I would see Kathy with her partner Lee & sometimes with a girlfriend catching a movie & we would chat about our grandkids! She truly was a happy, beautiful person and will be dearly missed by many!

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