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Catherine Hart

October 14, 1933 - February 27, 2018

Catherine Hart: October 14, 1933 - February 27, 2018

Service Date: March 3, 2018


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(née Ferns)

of Ottawa, Ontario, on February 27, 2018 at the age of 84 years. Beloved wife for 51 years of the late Dr. Ian Hart.  Proud and loving mother of Roderick Iain (Barbara), and Gordon Ritchie (Lesley). Predeceased by infant son Finlay Graeme in 1969. Cherished grandmother of Avery, Aidan, Emmerson, Finley, Cuyler, Kinzie and Brynna. Daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Ferns, brother to Joseph (Maureen) and predeceased by her sister Margaret Tighe (Larry). Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, Catherine worked at the BBC in its heyday before marrying Ian Hart in 1961. The couple soon immigrated to Canada, where they lived in Grand Banks and Bonne Bay. In 1963 they moved to Ottawa, then Montreal for four years, before returning to settle in Ottawa in 1969.  A lover of words, Catherine was an avid reader, enjoyed a good Scrabble game and her cryptic crosswords. She also travelled extensively with her family and visited every continent except for Antarctica.  Her travels inspired an appreciation for exotic (and spicy) foods, which she learned to cook and shared for others to also enjoy.  A Celebration of Life reception will be held at 38 Metropole Private on Saturday March 3 from 1:00 – 3:00pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at

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