Catherine Soful died suddenly in the early morning hours of December 20th, 2017, at the young age of 34. She is survived by her mom, Eva Ferreira (née Martynska) and dad, Boguslaw Soful, her little sister, Agatha, and brother-in-law, Chris, along with a large number of parents and siblings she adopted throughout her life.
Catherine was born on September 1st, 1983 in Montreal, Quebec. She attended Lasalle College and Mount Saint Vincent University where she received her Hospitality Management and International Business Degrees. She worked as a bartender and an amazing waitress and would easily do the work of 3 people if given the chance. Her true calling was in teaching children to skate, ski and snowboard. Her passions included figure skating, snowboarding, wake boarding, playing softball and most importantly tanning. She was impulsive, fun loving, independent, fearless and played by her own rules. She was a firm believer in paying it forward and Karma and she tried to help people whenever she could.
Catherine also had a darker side that she tried to hide from the world. She struggled with addiction and most recently depression. What started out as recreational drug use quickly took over as an addiction. She was struggling to get herself clean and thought she was using safely but unfortunately died from an overdose of fentanyl-laced cocaine. Catherine was a great person and didn’t deserve this. Her addiction defined her death, but it will not define her memory.
She will live on in the hearts of her family and friends. She tried to live life to the fullest and left a lasting impression on many people. Her family hopes that others like Catherine can learn from this. Seek help from your family, local support groups and your network of friends, and if you continue to use, have a naloxone kit ready and use with someone who can help you use the kit if you get into trouble. Your family and friends love you, and they just want the best for you and don’t want to lose you.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 8th at 1pm at the Columbia-Bowell Funeral Chapel, 219-6th Street, New Westminster, with a reception to follow. Feel free to wear yellow, her favorite color, or something supporting the New England Patriots, her favorite team.