Catina Kotsalis, 79, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. The eldest of seven children, she was born in Chania on the island of Crete, Greece in 1938 to Antonis and Argiro (Pagiavlas) Pitsos and immigrated to Canada in 1961. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, George Kotsalis, their daughters Panagiota (Michael), Argiro (Roger) and Demetra (Dan) and her siblings, George, Evangelia, Taki, Theo, Elenie and Georgia. Beloved “YiaYia” to seven adoring grandchildren – Gabriel (age 12), Olivia (age 11), Kyra (age 11), Zoe (age 9.5), Lucca (age 7), Neko (age 5) and Max (age 1.5).
Her family was everything to her, and her life was enhanced by a rich and diverse network of friends across the globe. A woman of faith and conviction, she was a voracious reader who never ceased feeding her thirst for knowledge. A wonderfully talented cook, she always made enough to feed a village and had a special knack for making others feel at home. She moved at her own pace (chatting with everyone she met along the way) and did things in her own unique manner to the end. She fought fiercely to stay with us as long as she possibly could, and strongly imprinted herself on each of her Grandchildren. Everyone who knew her will remember her enormous infectious smile and warm loving spirit. She will be greatly missed but forever remembered. Special thanks to all of her doctors and to the outstanding staff at St. John Hospice for their exceptional care to the end.
A private cremation will be held shortly, to be followed by a Celebration of Life at 3pm on July 15, 2018 at the Surrey Seventh Day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society – Metastatic Breast Cancer Fund at www.cbcf.org or to ADRA at www.adra.ca.