Cathy Moore, councillor for Cavan Monaghan Township’s Cavan Ward for the past three-plus years, died Dec. 22 at age 70, surrounded by her family at Hospice Peterborough.
In a notice posted on the township’s website in her memory, Moore is remembered as a “dedicated and passionate” public servant who will be greatly missed.
“Cathy worked hard in everything she did, especially for her constituents,” states the post. “She took her role as councillor very seriously. She was fair and honest and never missed a detail. Cathy’s public service made a tremendous positive impact on our township and we are grateful for her service. Her passing will leave a huge void in both the community and at council.”
Moore moved to Cavan 50 years ago and contributed as a business owner to the community for decades before moving into municipal politics.
Moore loved talking to people and spending time with friends and neighbours.
She was the former owner/operator of Bridget Anastasia’s Gifts and Home Decor and co-owner of Dennis Moore Auto Repair. Moore loved to learn.
Gardening, crafts, conversation, travel and art were among her activities. She lived to bring together family and friends, bonding with all who met her.
Moore was in her first term as a councillor with the township, having defeated John Fallis for the Cavan Ward seat in the October 2018 municipal elections. Fallis had been deputy mayor prior to running for councillor.
She leaves behind her husband, Bill Shaw, daughter Jennifer and son Ryan, who is the partner of Peterborough-Kawartha MP Michelle Ferreri, and three granddaughters.
“On behalf of Mayor (Scott) McFadden, council and township staff and the residents of Cavan Monaghan, our deepest sympathy to your family,” states the township notice.
Moore’s passing has impacted township council — and the community as a whole, said Moore’s former colleague, Millbrook Ward Coun. Ryan Huntley.
“It’s a big loss for the community,” Huntley said.
“She was a very passionate person. She always came prepared to meetings and knew what she was talking about. (Moore) was committed to her role.”
Huntley’s sentiments were echoed by North Monaghan Ward Coun. Tim Belch.
“She loved her ward of Cavan and felt a special responsibility to represent all the people that lived there,” said Belch, who commended Moore’s strength in the face of adversity. “(Moore) had been battling cancer,” he said, noting that despite her health issues, she rarely missed a council meeting.
“She was a strong woman; a feisty woman. She will be missed.”
Friends were received Wednesday at a service at Comstock-Kaye Life Celebration Centre and a private family service will be held Thursday at 1 p.m.. A livestream of the service will be available through the funeral home’s webpage.
Her family is asking that memorial donations be made to Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation for cancer care.
Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner