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Cat Majors (1956-2016)

October 09th, 2016

According to this obituary notice that appeared in the Vernon Star newspaper in 2016:

April 27, salve 1956 – September 13, 2016

“With great sadness we announce the passing of Cat Majors at home on Grandview Flats with her husband and children by her side, after a brief encounter with cancer. Born in Montreal, Cat moved with her family to Vancouver in 1966 where she spent her formative years. Bursting onto the art scene in the Seventies, she asserted herself as a performance poet with irregular staging of events at the Literary Storefront. Creative, witty and always endearing, the originality of her presence was loved by all. Travel to the Okanagan Valley to work with the Caravan Farm Theatre in 1984 brought her to the love of her life, James Macdonald. Together they travelled to East Africa where international development work became her passion.


With bill bissett at Western Front, 2015

“Birthing her own babies, Cat was instrumental as a part of the Midwifery Task Force in the early nineties. In recent years, she devoted her enthusiasm to the local food movement, serving as president of the Armstrong Farmers’ Market and as a director on the board of the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets. The self-appointed leader of the ‘Fun Squad,’ her most treasured role was that of mother to her cherished children Max and Claire. Her currency was joy and she spent it freely. A celebration of life will be held at the Zion United Church Hall, Armstrong, on October 29th, 2016 at 2 pm.”

[photos courtesy of Mona Fertig]

3 Responses to “Cat Majors (1956-2016)”

  1. Cécile Bélec says:

    Dear Jamie, Max and Claire, Cat and I met as arts camp teachers in Vancouver about 1982, coincidentally reunited at the Caravan in 1984, just as she met Jamie and ‘eloped’. We were devoted and we wrote letters throughout the time in Africa. Again, by chance we met again in Armstrong when Claire and Max were just about toddlers. We were kindred spirits. We lost touch when I left Armstrong for Europe and I never got around to sending a letter. I just heard about this today from some Caravan buddies visiting me here, and asking about old friends. I am sorry to hear this. I trust all the love and energy continues to shine within you! Love, Cécile

  2. Keith Clarkson says:

    I met Cat many years ago, through my friend Nanci Dunbrook. They both worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery Gift Shop We were all friends and co-conspirators in the early/mid-80s. Nanci and I were part of some of Cat’s performance poetry events. We often dressed as beatniks and played instruments: I played the bongos and Nanci had the maracas. We played with her at the Helen Pitt Gallery, Literary Front and Western Front and as well as the VAG.

    I lost touch with Cat after she moved to East Africa to work with CARE. I’ve often thought of her over the intervening years, remembering her fondly and have taken inspiration in her enthusiasm for play and joy in life, both of which I aspire to. I will miss her very much.

  3. Leah says:

    What a joyful being! We miss you dear Cat and will cherish every moment we shared with you. Much love, Leah and Owen Ware

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