Kathryn Ann MacDonald

August 1st, 1980 ~ August 1st, 2022

MacDONALD, Kathryn Ann

August 1, 1980 – August 1, 2022

Kathryn Ann MacDonald, of Calgary, died Monday, August 1, 2022, at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on her 42nd birthday.

Katie was born on August 1, 1980 to Hugh and Cathy MacDonald in Deep River, Ontario. Katie attended Western University and graduated with a degree in Kinesiology. She also attended Queensland University of Technology and graduated with a degree in Education. She was an avid soccer and volleyball player. She spent many years living in Australia before settling back in Canada. 

She leaves behind her pride and joy, her three children, Ali (13), Malia (11), and Kaia Gunston (5). Katie was many wonderful things but being a mom was her passion and her priority. She fought cancer with everything she had to ensure she was here for as long as possible for her kids. Katie is lovingly remembered by her parents, her children, her sisters, Krista MacDonald (Michel Moreau) and Lindsay MacDonald (Andy Kierans); her partner, Andy Bennett; her aunt, Gwynne MacDonald; her nieces and nephew; as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. Celebrations of Life will take place in both Calgary and Deep River at a later date.

Memorials or donations may be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, 6120 - 2 St SE #16A, Calgary, AB, T2H 2L8 or CNETS Canada, 333 Pitt St, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3R1. 

“Love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark. To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever” - J.K. Rowling


I only met Katie about a year and half ago through our daughters at school. While it was a short time knowing her, I could tell immediately she was the kindest, most genuine person - someone you always want to be around. I'm so saddened and shocked to hear of her passing. Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family.

I played soccer with Katie in Brisbane many years ago, but I'll never forget her infectious smile and her kindness towards everyone she met. I'm heartbroken the world has lost such a beautiful person inside and out. I'm glad to have known her. My thoughts are with all her friends and family during this difficult time. Together we will keep her memory bright!

Thinking of you all and sending our heartfelt condolences.

Cathy, Hugh and family. My condolences go out to you and all Kathryn's loved ones. So young and taken too soon. May God bless and keep you. I am very sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers.

Hugh, Cathy, Krista and Lindsay, -- I am so sorry for your great loss. Katie was one of my students through many years at Mackenzie High School, and I have many happy memories of her in class and in sports and field trips. I also enjoyed catching up with her several times after she left Deep River to live her dreams in Australia. Such an outstanding, beautiful, empathetic and generous person! Thinking now of all of you, her children and her family.

Cathy, Hugh, Krista, Lindsay, Andrew, and Katie's 3 girls, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. The O'Neill cousins are saddened. Katie had such a zest for life, and her kindness to Alexa will not be forgotten - she certainly made Alexa's move to Lake Louise easier. We were so looking forward to catching up with her during our ski trip to Lake Louise last March, and with her fierce determination, we all hoped for next winter. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May you find some comfort in the memories you share. Katie certainly loved her girls and is watching from above.

Absolutely heartbroken to have heard this news. My thoughts go out to the children in the difficult months to come. If the family needs anything please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Katie was such a beautiful soul inside and out! I am so sad to hear of her passing!! I have fond memories of growing up in Deep River with the MacDonald girls! My love and prayers go out to the family and her girls xo

Cathy, Hugh, and Family our deepest sympathy goes out to u all. May the strength from Friends and Family help u threw is difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers. Heaven has gained another beautiful angel.

I had the absolute pleasure of playing soccer with Katie in Brisbane, Australia. She was the most delightful person I have ever met. My thoughts and wishes go out to her family and friends at this time, with particular care to her three beautiful daughters.

So sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go to Cathy and Hugh Macdonald and family!

Cathy, Hugh & family - my deepest condolences for your huge loss. I am so very sorry. My thoughts & prayers are with you

To Hugh Cathy and family! So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Sending my condolences to Hugh, Cathy, Krista, Lindsay and Katie's girls. Will have you in my thoughts and prayers.

I am so very, very sorry to hear this. My heart hurts for all of you.

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