Obituaries & Death Notices
GREENFIELD, Josephine Katharine
Published:Apr 29, 2015
Event Date:Apr 26, 2015
GREENFIELD, Josephine Katharine March 28, 1921 - April 26, 2015 Our beloved Aunt Katharine died peacefully in the arms of her caregiver, Lolita, at her home in Hamilton, Ontario on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Born in Hamilton, she was the daughter of Harriette Annette Magill Geddes (1883-1969) of Hamilton and William Chapman Greenfield (1869-1938) of Middletown, Connecticut. Katharine was pre- deceased by her siblings Joan (1923) in 2000, Charles (1916) in 2003, William (1914) in 2011. Katharine's cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews from across Canada and her many friends will miss her warmth, great sense of humour, keen intelligence, wisdom and wonderful stories. Katharine graduated in 1943 from Library School at Trinity College, part of the University of Toronto. This led to a 35-year career as a librarian and archivist at the Hamilton Public Library where she became Head of Special Collections as a result of her hard work and love of local and Canadian history. Katharine was the author of "Hamilton Public Library 1889-1963: a Celebration of Vision and Leadership" (1989). Katharine was President of the Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society and a longtime member of the Hamilton Historical Society for which she gave many lively and enlightening lectures. In 2014, Katharine was the recipient of the Reverend T. Melville Bailey Heritage Award recognizing her accomplishments and noteworthy performances supporting and perpetuating Hamilton's history and heritage. Katharine was an honorary lay Canon of Christ's Church Cathedral and served as their voluntary archivist for many years. On Friday, May 1, visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. and a reception at Christ's Church Cathedral located at 252 James Street North in Hamilton. As the Cathedral was Katharine's second home, donations can be made to the Christ's Church Cathedral in place of flowers.
Category: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Hamilton Spectator
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