RIP: Katharine Bayley

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BAYLEY, Katharine Joyce 

The family of Katharine Joyce Bayley is sharing that Katharine passed away peacefully on October 14, 2023 at the age of 87 in Welland, Ontario.

Katharine Joyce Manning was born on Aug 19, 1936, the youngest of 5 children born to John and Ethel Manning. Katharine grew up in St Catharines Ontario, met husband Julian (predeceased) and was married on Sept 15, 1956. Their children were raised in Deep River and Kincardine Ontario. They also lived for a time in Bowmanville Ontario. Katharine is survived by three sons: John (Kathy), Andrew (Rachel) and Jeff (Bev), one daughter Karen and six grandchildren. 

She was a loving spouse to husband Julian; a nurturing mother and grandmother and she enjoyed the company of her friends. Katharine was fascinated with the natural wonders of the boreal forest of the Ottawa Valley. She was a creative person and during the Deep River years she opened the loft of their rustic Ottawa river home to an artistic group casually named “The Escape Artists”.

Katharine was an early activist in the protection of our natural environment and had actively supported the rights of special needs children in the province of Ontario. She was a traveller, an avid bird watcher, a writer, poet, piano player, painter and was active in the Stephen Lewis-sponsored Grannies for Africa movement.

She was a mentor, a friend to many and a model Canadian citizen. We are thankful for her life and legacy.

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