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Kathleen Lilliman

Kathleen Emma Lilliman (Bowker)

Wednesday, October 30th, 1918 - Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
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Lilliman, Kathleen “Kay”

After a wonderful, full life of 101 years, mom passed away at home, March 18, 2020. She spent her last few minutes with her family by her side. Always a very spiritual woman, mom will be very happy to rejoin her husband, Frank who has been missed dearly since 1997. Although her family is happy that mom is now at peace and with so many others who have gone before her, she leaves us filled with gratitude and of course, some sadness. Mom will be missed by her six loving children, Jack (Judy), Cliff (Peg, deceased), Frank, Dennis (Geri), David (Susan) and Kathleen Tyrer (Mike). Grandma will be greatly missed by Laurie, Dawn, Denise, Kevin, Peter, Tim, Steve, Stacey, Greg, Laura and Matthew and their spouses as well as many great-grandchildren. Kay also leaves behind her brother, Hugh Bowker (Nikki) and her sister-in-law, Marj Bowker (Jim, deceased), brother-in-law, Roy Lilliman (Nancy), many cousins, loved nieces and nephews as well as her dear friends. There are also many others who were proud to call her ‘mom’. After raising her six children, mom returned to college and became a medical secretary. Kay worked for many years at the Levy Medical Clinic in Hamilton with Drs. Irving and Richard Levy. Once she retired, mom fulfilled her dream of being a teacher by becoming a volunteer at St. Luke, St. Mary, St. Lawrence and St. Paul schools where she helped many children with their reading. Kay was a founding member of the Whipped Cream Card Club and continued this tradition for over 75 years. Right until her final days, mom would never turn down the chance to play a game of cards. She loved following her many favourite sports teams and was treated well, especially by the Tiger Cats and the Box J Boys. Mom was blessed with a life of faith, family and friends as her priorities. She was always generous and available to listen or to help anyone in need. Because of the ongoing health crisis, we will postpone mom’s funeral mass at St. Luke’s Catholic Church as well as a Celebration of Life. The immediate family will meet for a short visitation at P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 followed by a committal service at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Waterdown led by Father Jerry. Many thanks go from the family to the wonderful health providers, Dr. Epstein, Dr. Martini and Dr. Passfield who all contributed to mom’s health and longevity. Special gratitude is sent to all of her PSWs who provided such wonderful care for mom. She saw them as her friends. If you wish to make a donation in mom’s memory, please consider the Hamilton Good Shepherd Centre, the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Hamilton or the Esk-Omi Missions in Manitoba, mom’s favourites.
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Deborah Lennie

Posted at 01:43pm
Kay was so loved and will be missed by so many. She was such a good friend and cousin to our dear mom June. They had so many great and memorable times together and always enjoyed their card games! She was so lucky to have the love and support of such a wonderful family. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Debbie, Kim and Brian (children of June and Chris Hodgkin) xo


Posted at 01:03pm
Dear Frank and Family,

My sincere condolences to the entire family. While I did not personally know Mrs. Lilliman, I have known Frank for many years and can only assume he exudes many of her great qualities; kindness, respect and a caring heart for all those around him. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose the women who made us who we are. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please remember, “when someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”.


Kathleen Lawlor

Posted at 09:14pm
See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered
nor come to mind. Instead, shout for joy and be glad forever in what I am creating.
Indeed, I am creating Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight;
I will rejoice in Jerusalem and exult in my people. No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there, or the sound of crying; No longer shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, nor anyone who does not live a full lifetime; One who dies at a hundred years shall be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred shall be thought accursed. Isaiah 65 17-20. Today’s reading and boy does it describe Mrs. Lilliman; definitely blessed and still youthful. Now she gets to continue her life with so many who have been waiting for her. I feel truly blessed to have had her in my life at many stages. Thank you Mrs. Lilliman for the ways you shaped my life through your family and prayers. Prayers and deepest love and gratitude to all those who will miss her.

-Kathleen Lawlor and kids

Lindy Bosyj

Posted at 08:24pm
Dear Kathleen,
Although a long time has since passed, I fondly remember how your mother always made me feel welcome in your home. She will be in my prayers.
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Lindy and Mike Bosyj


Gabriel Gaudio Manager, Property at Drewlo Holdings,

Posted at 10:05am
Frank, Kathleen, Jack, Cliff, Dennis and David. Kay had such a zest for Life. Always a smiling loving person. I am so sorry for your loss. Kay was the glue that kept it all together, Aunt June loved to travel with yourself and Kay, fond memories of Florida. She will be missed by everyone she came in touch with. I am sure your Dad is waiting for her with open arms. Aunt June waiting for a game of cards. Hugs and Love to all. Wayne and Donna Ryder. Cousins on the Bowker side.

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