On May 17, 2023, in her home in Sydney, while holding the hand of her husband of almost 59 years, our beloved wife, mother, nanny, nanny two, sister, aunt, godmother and friend, Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kay’ Antle, age 80, passed away.
Born on August 25, 1942, in Sydney, Kay was the daughter of the late Donald and Annie (MacInnis) Smith.
Kay’s love for children began, being the eldest in the family of six, and chose to go into teaching. She attended Normal College in Truro, Nova Scotia and began teaching at Five Island Lake just outside Halifax. She taught at other local schools, including Holy Redeemer, before joining her husband Raymond and travelling the world as a military wife.
After their children were born, Kay became a stay-at-home mother, however always looked for opportunities on numerous bases to connect with children and share her love of learning. She taught religion, was a Girl Guide leader, and took other children into the couple’s home for childcare.
When at home you would often find Kay with her nose in a book. She was an avid reader and was quick to share any books she had with others.
Kay is survived by her loving husband, Raymond ‘Junior’ Antle; children, Brenda Drummond (Eric), Patti Schopp (Jeff), and Donnie Antle (Sarah); grandchildren, Alyssa Dawson (Fred), Becky Drummond (Bryan), John Drummond (Amber), Kelsey Drummond, Bradley Schopp, Jessica Schopp, Rhiannon Poirier (Brandon), Christopher Jinkinson (Stephanie); great-grandchildren, Owen and Henry Dawson, Amelia and Autumn Jinkinson; cherished sister and sister-in-law of Donnie Smith (Connie), Lou Jones (Tom), Martin Smith, Robbie Smith (Pat), and Ruby Antle; much loved aunt of Amanda MacLeod, Tracey Cameron, Tammy Jones, Alton Smith, Chelle Smith, Hector Smith, Glenna Smith, Sandy Anderson, John Antle, Wendy Bennett, Patti Bennett-Smith, Sheila Matheson, Valerie Creighton, Karen Coulter, Glen Jamieson, Brian Tell, Jane Moore, Lori Moore, Lynn Kent, Cindy Emsley, Michael Antle, and Jimmie Antle.
Besides her parents, Kay was predeceased by her brother, Jimmie Smith; sisters-in-law, Nancy Smith, Mary Bennett, Loretta Jamieson, and Anastasia (Stash) Tell; brothers-in-law, Ed Antle, Gord Antle, and Jim Antle; nephews, Jay Smith, Donald Antle, Robert Bennett, and Bobby Antle; nieces, Lorraine MacDonald, Donna Kowalchuk, and loved son-in-law, Paul Drummond.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Kay, may be made to Holy Redeemer Building Fund, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice.
Visitation for the late Kay Antle will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home, Whitney Pier, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Holy Redeemer Church on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating. Reception will follow in the funeral home.
For those unable to attend the Mass, live streaming is available on our website.
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Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Our heartfelt condolences on your loss.
From: Cathy Pace and sons Sean and Conor
To Ray and Family, I am very sorry to hear of Kay’s passing.
She was a lovely, intelligent woman who will be missed.
I know you feel her loss keenly.
From: Betty Morrison
So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. May you be comforted by the many happy memories you shared with her. RIP Kay!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Kay was a lovely woman and a very kind stepsister. The Dalton family convey their sympathies.
My heart hurts for beloved family and friends of kay. Love from Beatrice and dave macdonald.
We are full of sorrow to hear of Kays passing. She was loved by so many. All those wonderful memories will be with you always, treasure them.
Our deepest condolences to all the family
Sadly, the senior stateswoman of the Smith clan has passed. As the oldest of the cousins, she was a wealth of knowledge on the history of the family and will be sorely missed. Although, geography prohibited regular contact, during those times we did encounter Kay, it was always great to see her.
With our many transfers across the country, Betty and I are quite familiar with the nomadic life she, Junior, and family would have experienced as a military family. Many would see all those relocations as challenges, clearly, Kay saw them as opportunities and made the most of them.
She had a remarkable life and left an enduring legacy. To Junior and all of the family, Betty and I send our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
Betty and Bill Smith
Hammonds Plains, NS
My thoughts and most sincere sympathies are extended to all family members and friends.
I didn’t know Kay as well as I would have liked. I do remember that she was an excellent teacher. She loved her husband, children and extended family so much. I loved talking to her as she possessed a wealth of knowledge. She will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to her family. She is finally without pain and is at rest.
Deepest sympathy to all. 💕💕
Cherish the memories & R.I.P. Kay.
Doddy & Bobby
Our Waverley Dr. P.S. family is sending our love and condolences to all of you who are saddened by this great loss. We wish we could be there to hug and support you all.
Ray & Family:
So sorry for your loss. Cherish your memories.
Anne Marie (Currie) MacAskill
Junior, Brenda, Patti, Donnie and family
Our deepest condolences to each of you
Kay was a wonderful lady and will be missed by so many
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time
RIP cousin Kay
Mary, Roddie and Sarah Keeping
Ray and family, condolences on the passing of Kay!
God bless her soul and may she rest in peace with
perpetual light shining upon her.
I am so very sorry. What a profound loss for such a beautiful family and all who are lucky enough to know you. Kay and Junior made the trek to my parents’ place for our wedding reception in 2011 (which I will always be incredibly touched by that! What a gift!) and I had such a lovely, long talk with Kay on the couch, mesmerized to hear stories about the family, and the places you all have travelled. She, along with you all, are such gems. I’m so sorry for this profound loss. 💔❤️💔
I’m hugging you tightly in my heart right now.
Heartfelt condolences to Ray and the family, know that we are thinking of you all at this difficult time.
Patti Donnie and Ray and Families I am so sorry to hear about Kay. A lovely woman who lived a great life. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Ray, we are so sorry for your loss. Kay was a wonderful person.
Our sincere condolences re Kay Antle and Chuck Blanchard. They will surely be in the arms of God now, and free from the cares of this world.
Junior, Brenda, Patti, Donnie and family
Our deepest condolences to each of you
Kay was a wonderful lady and will be missed by so many on behalf of me and my family our deepest condolences at this sad time may she Rest in peace.
Rest in Peace Kay our Condolence to the Family. Ray in our thoughts and prayers I am some honored that I knew Kay and we shared our road of life an shared a few laughs alone our way. Chimo my friend
So sorry to hear of Kay’s passing. My condolences to all of the family.
Dear Patti & Jeff,
We didn’t know your Mom, but from what I have read, she is most definitely reflected in you Patti. May her love shine down on all of you always. Our deepest condolences.
Lynn & Doug
Sending loving thoughts to the family. Sadly, I wasn’t blessed to know Kay myself, but Patti has spoken fondly of her and knowing Patti, it’s clear that she was an incredible lady, loved by so many.
What a sweet, sweet lady who was so kind and so knowledgeable. So eager to help others. May God bless her & give her a special place in Heaven. Our sincerest condolences to the family.
SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS RAY AND FAMILY SO SORRY I COULD NOT MAKE IT ALSO KAYS BROTHER DONNIE AND CONNIE
Patti. Carissa,Chris and I send our condolences to you and your family. our thoughts are with you.