Kathleen Elizabeth "Kay" Collacutt
Born: 17 April 1932
Died: 31 December 2019
It's with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Kathleen "Kay" December 31st in the VG Site, QEII.
Kay was predeceased by her parents, James Francis and Marion Mackintosh; her brother, Frank; sister, Lorraine and husband, Glenn. She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Russell, Bruce, David, Trudy, Patricia, Mary, Robert, Michael, Gage, Brenda. She will be lovingly missed by her children, Glenn (Cindy), Karen (Bill McHarg), Micheal (Jill), Susan (Bob Morash), Scott (Vivian), Patti (Dwayne Gemmell); grandchildren, Travis, Curtis, Korryn, Jessie, Justin, Jordan, Daniel, Derek, Christopher, Michael, Kyle, April, Cody, Megan, Rachel, Troy and all of her great-grandchildren, which were her priorities and loves of her life.
Her love for Christmas was legendary, always starting to decorate early, watch Christmas movies all year round with her sister Mary and the yearly shopping trip to Wheatons to make sure no one was forgotten.
She started her career with the civil service as a Secretary, serving many Senior offices in the Squadrons and Departments at the Base. After her retirement from the civil service 26 years ago, she took over the management of the office at Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation (SAMF). Simultaneously with the start of her Foundation employment, the Base newspaper, The Warrior, folded, having been taken over by the Halifax Naval newspaper. Not to be held back by this unfortunate development, Kay undertook the task of publishing the SAMF version of the Warrior single-handedly. This eventually morphed into a complete magazine which has become the voice of "Naval Aviation." She worked tirelessly at this labour of love of hers for the last 26 years, documenting the growth of the Museum, serving as the conduit for many of the old boys who always kept in touch with her and considered her to be the "Best Den Mother Ever". When Naval Air and Kay started life together it was an all-male bastion. But like everything in life, things have changed. She knew this, and although all her wittiest comments were saved for "her boys," she admired all who have taken up the fight to keep "Naval Aviation" alive. She will be missed by one and all of every member that came to know her during her 69 years of service to the country, and the Navy she loved so very deeply.
Funeral Mass to Celebrate the life of Kay will be held on Friday January 10th at 11 a.m. in Saint John XXIII, 35 Colby Dr., Dartmouth. Reception to follow in Shearwater Aviation Museum, 34 Bonaventure Shearwater. Family interment at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Shearwater Aviation Museum Foundation. Online condolences may be made by visiting the Dartmouth Chapel at Atlantic Funeral Homes