A memorial service to celebrate the life of Linda Caterson was held at Kellyville Anglican Church on Thursday (October 22).
Mrs Caterson passed away at the age of 99 on the Gold Coast on October 13 but the Hills was where her community involvement evolved for over 40 years.
Her civic life began after marrying Fred Caterson who was first elected to Baulkham Hills Council in 1956 and was then elected to State Parliament as member for The Hills in 1976.
They met while working for QANTAS after the war and married in 1944, moving to Old Castle Hill Rd Castle Hill in 1953 with their children Ian and Robyn. Glenys was born a year after they moved.
Linda Caterson helped start the children’s library in Castle Hill and also volunteered with Meals on Wheels for over 35 years. In 1959 Mr Caterson took up an appointment in New Guinea and started the Department of Labour and Apprenticeship board there.
The family returned to Castle Hill in 1961 and in 1962 Mr Caterson was re-elected to council where continued as a councillor until retiring in 1991. He retired from State Parliament in 1990.
She founded Hills District Historical Society in 1967 and was on Hills Hospital board and fought for a hospital unfortunately without success.
Mrs Caterson was involved in all the activities and if her husband couldn’t attend functions she would go alone and represent him.
She attended every speech day of Castle Hill High and cut their birthday cake at the school’s 21-year celebration. She was also Patron of Castle Hill Girl Guides.
Both were committed Christians and were involved with the Church and were committed to helping others wherever they could. They were always available to help people and their phone was never silent nor their door closed.
Their daughter Glenys said “Both were marvellous parents and encouraged their children to reach their dreams and all three became doctors. “
When Fred died in February 2000 Linda lived with Robyn in Castle hill until they moved to hinterland Gold Coast in Dec 2007. Linda’s lovely smile , sparkling blue eyes and kind heart meant that she was loved by all who met her