Catherine E. Comeau

Born: Wed., Jun. 16, 1926
Died: Sat., Mar. 22, 2014


Visitation

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 27, 2014
Location: Short, Williamson & Diamond


Funeral Mass

9:00 AM Fri., Mar. 28, 2014
Location: St. Joseph's Church


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Dr. Catherine E. Comeau, of Billerica, formerly a longtime resident of Belmont, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014. She was 87. A daughter of the late Alphonse and Zoe (Saulnier) Comeau, she leaves her sister Laura Duffy, sister-in-law Jane Comeau, many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and her close friend Gwenne Hume.  She was predeceased by her brothers Ernest, Francois and Edward Comeau.
Dr. Comeau received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Boston University Sargent College, Master of Arts Degree with Specialization in Administration of Health and Physical Education from Columbia University, and Doctor of Education Degree from Boston University. Dr. Comeau served on the faculty of Bridgewater State University from 1952 to 1962, then left to become a faculty member at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. In 1970, she returned to Bridgewater State University and remained until she retired in 1984.  She was the chair of the women’s physical education department, and then the combined men’s and women’s physical education department, for 12 years.
During her 33-year tenure, Dr. Comeau was a national figure in her field and held numerous prestigious positions.  In addition, she authored A Noble Legacy: Physical Education Major 1937 – 1987 Bridgewater State College.
Each year the alumni association of Bridgewater State University presents the Dr. Catherine E. Comeau Award for Professional Achievement to a worthy graduate who is an influential role model from the department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies.
Dr. Comeau spent many memorable summers in her family’s ancestral home in Meteghan, Nova Scotia.  There she enjoyed fishing, blueberry picking, digging for clams and good times with her extended family and friends.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Catherine’s visiting hours in the Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home, 52 Trapelo Road Belmont, Thursday, March 27 from 4-7 p.m.  Her funeral will be from the funeral home on Friday at 8 a.m.  followed by a funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 130 Common St., Belmont at  9 a.m.  Interment Belmont Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Catherine’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, would be sincerely appreciated. swdfuneralhome.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Catherine's memory to the following organization:

Alzheimer's Association
http://www.alzmass.org
311 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 02472
Tel: 617 868 6718

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Eileen & Ernest Richmond
   Posted Sun March 23, 2014
Gwenne Hume introduced us to Catherine and we enjoyed their visits to Whale Song B&B in Nova Scotia on more than one occasion. Catherine was always ready for an adventure, and her witticisms or friendly banter with her dear friend Gwenne kept us amused during our car trips. We extend our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.


The Meier Family
   Posted Mon March 24, 2014
We feel so honored to have known Catherine and grateful to Gwenne for introducing her to our family. She had a sparkle that attracted people and immediately one felt a connection. We always enjoyed her visits to Colorado and looked forward to seeing her each time. As in the past, each time we think of her we'll smile.

Mary and Norbert Meier

Marcia K Anderson
   Posted Mon March 24, 2014
Kay invited me to Bridgewater to interview for an open position in athletic training three days before Christmas in 1980 and allowed me to stay at her home to conserve expenses. What a delight! I was hired on Christmas Eve day and began working with Kay in January 1981 until her retirement in "87. She taught many things about being a strong leader and professional not only while at Bridgewater, but for many years later as she continued to stay active in the field. She was a great leader and a great person. I will miss her dearly.

Shirley Krasinski
   Posted Mon March 24, 2014
I had the opportunity to know Kaye throughout her tenure at Bridgewater State.
She was a dynamo whether teaching badminton in the gym or lecturing in the classroom. Kaye took the P.E. dept. from an all women's major to a coed major increasing the number of students and faculty until we were second in size to the Ed. major. She weathered many storms including the one of '78.
Many will remember her as a strong leader.
Be in peace Kaye.

Catherine M. Baker
   Posted Mon March 24, 2014
I had the great honor of being a physical education major at Bridgewater in the early 1980's when Dr. Comeau was the Department Chair. She lead by example and with such professionalism. There are so many outstanding physical education teachers who have graduated from Bridgewater because of Dr. Comeau's passion and vision. Her love for teaching will continue to live on through her former students. May she rest in peace.

Pam Humphreys
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
Although I never worked with Kaye, she introduced herself to me in the MAHPLS office. She always made it a point to visit me (the department Admin. Assistant) and she was always supportive. Her cheerful nature and positive attitude were so infectious, and I'm so glad to have known her. My sincere condolences to the family. She will be missed.

Diana Demetrius
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
One thought comes to mind as I recall Dr. Comeau in my undergrad years and beyond, in professional exchanges... It is that motto atop Boyden - 'Not to be Ministered Unto, but to minister'. She was always willing to help without ever needing/asking for help. She stood for quality, was quick with opinion, and had an endearing ability to exchange intense eye-to-eye conversation. I am grateful to have crossed paths with her. I suspect she's soaring among the stars, searching for opportunity to minister beyond. My heartfelt sympathies to family and friends.
Diana Demetrius, BSU '82, MAHPERD Past Pres.,
and proudly, past recipient of The Dr. Catherine Comeau Award

Louise (LeBlanc) Doucette
   Posted Tue March 25, 2014
Catherine was my mother's cousin. We alway enjoyed her visits to Meteghan in the summer when we were kids. Catherine was always fun to be around and full of energy. I remember going for sleepovers, picking blueberries to make blueberry pancakes for breakfast and driving in the convertible. Then there was always the run to the "soft ice cream" when everyone gathered in the sunporch at Grandmere's (Tante Elsie's). May she rest in peace.

Leslie Whiting Poitras
   Posted Wed March 26, 2014
I met Kay through Jo Smith, Flo Whiting and their teacher friends. The most vivid memory I have of Kay happened in Maine. Flo and Jo invited me to Maine with the warning their teacher friends would be there too. I showed up in desperate need of a break from life down in MA thinking it would be a quiet weekend. (I am sure many of you are laughing at that!) Meeting Kay was a treat. She was a wonderfully warm and caring person who could discuss something seriously one minute and the next minute show a wicked sense of humor.

Sometime during one of the evenings that weekend she and the others decided Freddie and I should become Turtles. Kay transformed into Madam Potentate, complete with a multi-colored quilt cape, a mop flipped upside down for a scepter and a cue card someone dug out of their wallet. The ceremony proceeded with the 2 of us kneeling in front of Madam Potentate who fixed us with a serious glare, vigorously thumped her mop on the floor and intoned in very stern voice "Solemnity Prevails" while Freddie and I dissolved in fits of giggles. I will always remember that weekend with great joy and a chuckle. Every time I saw Kay she would ask me “are you a Turtle?” with a snicker and we would all say “Solemnity Prevails” with a giggle.

Kay was a wonderful person. She will be sorely missed.

claudette leblanc
   Posted Thu March 27, 2014
Your NS family extends sincere sympathy to the family of Catherine, our beloved Acadian cousin. Our thoughts and memories are with you this past week. As Catherine would say Vive l'Acadie!
Angele, Jacqueline & Bernard, Claudette, Eric & Andre.

Kathy M. Pinkham
   Posted Fri March 28, 2014
"If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader."
~Dolly Parton~

Kay was a pioneer in helping to create equity and opportunity for young women everywhere to dream, learn and become great teachers and strong athletes. We thank her for her excellent leadership, passion for our profession and the joy she brought to others!

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