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Catherine Kargas, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Catherine Kargas
1966 - 2021

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Catherine Kargas

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Catherine Kargas, aged 55, on October 9th, 2021. She was an incredible and loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was an extremely hardworking woman who raised her daughter to the absolute best of her abilities and watched her turn into a respectful, caring and perseverant adult.

Catherine was known and loved in all corners of the world for her passion and dedication to making this world a better place for our children and grandchildren. Her early work in energy efficiency brought her to embrace advanced and clean mobility as a means to reduce greenhouse gases and make this world a better place. She served in several organizations in Canada and in Europe. She was Electric Mobility Canada’s former CEO and Chair and served on the board of that organization for over a decade and she was bestowed the Al Cormier Life Achievement Award for her tireless commitment to the cause. In fact, much of the current changes in government policies regarding electrification of transportation in Canada were initiated by her several years ago. In a broader arena, she was recognized twice as one of the 10 most influential minds in mobility worldwide for her relentless commitment and for her visionary influence on mobility in general, but to Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) in particular. Her sharp and creative mind will be sorely missed by “a whole MaaS community that will be missing Catherine, across the globe” as her friends from Finland remarked recently. The world has indeed lost one of its brightest minds. Her friends at MARCON where she worked 32 years will remember her forever as the warm and caring friend as well as a tireless and industrious co-worker. MARCON could not have been the same without her.

Travelling was another one of her greatest passions. She travelled to many places across the world, but nothing made her happier than travelling to Greece with her family. Although she was fiercely Canadian, her love for her native Greece, was unsurpassed Her dream was to one day move back to Greece with her family and live in her homeland for the rest of her days. Religion was also a great part of her life. She was very committed to her God and to Christian Orthodoxy. Several churches in Montreal (CA), Chios (GR) and Athens (GR) benefited from her generosity. She established the first church dedicated to Saint Parthenios in the world, located in Athens. Saint Parthenios is the patron saint of cancer patients. The creation of this church bridged her passion and love for Christ and Greece with her cancer diagnosis. She put up the strongest and most courageous fight against stage 4 breast cancer for 5 entire years. Despite her diagnosis, not only did she persevere through a multitude of treatments and clinical trials, but she always maintained a positive and optimistic outlook on life in order to stay strong for her family. Though she is greatly missed, she is now free from the pain and suffering of this terrible disease, finally at peace.

Catherine was surrounded by much love and support throughout her life, her brave 5-year battle against cancer, and her last days. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but will forever be remembered as the incredibly strong and loving woman that she was.

The viewing will be held on Wednesday October 13th 2021 at Urgel Bourgie, 1255 Av. Beaumont, Mont-Royal, QC H3P 3J1, from 5-9 pm.
The funeral will be held on Thursday October 14th 2021 at Koimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 7700 Av, de l’Épée, Montreal, QC, H3N 2E6, at 11 am.

The family will receive relatives and friends at :

1255 Beaumont, Mont-Royal

Visiting Hours

Wednesday October 13, 2021 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Funeral service

Funeral will take place on October 14, 2021 11:00 AM at the following address: Koimissis Tis theotokou.

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Messages in memory of Catherine Kargas

Desgagne Pierre-Luc
October 14, 2021
Toute ma sympathie à Pierre et toute la famille. Une grande dame nous quitte. J’aurai été choyé de collaborer avec elle et ce fut un grand plaisir. Qu’elle repose en paix.
Isabelle Joncas
October 14, 2021
Je vous offre mes sincères sympathies. Je garde un excellent souvenir de Catherine dans son approche humaine et joviale, surtout dédiée, au secteur de la mobilité durable. Bon courage à la famille.
Larry Hay
October 14, 2021
What a wonderful gift of light Catherine has been for her family, friends, co-inspirers and her Lord God. My wife Karin Ots had spoken of Catherine, friend and business colleague several times. She highlighted Catherine’s articulated vision and generosity of spirit. Catherine will be dearly missed
Valérie Leclerc
October 13, 2021
Toutes mes sympathies à la famille et aux proches de Catherine. Je me souviens très bien de Catherine, cette belle dame intelligente, compétente, gentille et très bonne conférencière que j'ai connue dans un contexte professionnel. Son décès m'attriste grandement. _ Valérie
Luc Couillard
October 12, 2021
Je viens d'apprendre ton départ ma chère amie. Je n'ai pas de mots pour témoigner ma tristesse. Je garderai de toi le souvenir d'une visionnaire. On a organisé des colloques ensemble, on a partagé des idées et surtout notre vision de la mobilité du futur. Quand je pense à toi, je visualise cette citation « Regarder loin, voir grand, viser juste mais agir vite ». Luc
Dionisia Vriniotis
October 12, 2021
To Cathy and her family Today it is with heartbreak and sadness that I face the passing of my dear childhood best friend. We grew up together as children and shared early memories of elementary school and high school. Although our adult years separated us, your friendship remains engrained in my heart forever. Rest In Peace Cathy…You have returned home to the safe embrace of God. To your daughter, mother, brother and extended family I offer my deep condolences. May you find solace and strength in the memories you treasured together. I send you my love and support.

Online ceremony viewing

Urgel Bourgie / Athos offers an online ceremony viewing service for family and friends.
This service is available on any desktop computer, tablet or smartphone for anyone who cannot attend the service in person.

The pictogram below will be displayed in the obituary section and enable loved ones to access the online ceremony viewing service.

Online ceremony viewing is available at our Beaumont, Beaubien and Lasalle funeral home complexes and Côte-de-Liesse and Saint-Hubert cemeteries.

Please contact us at 1 844 735-2025 for more information.

 
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