Justin Cosell posted a condolence
Wednesday, November 6, 2019Kathy was my intelligent and hard working classmate at LHT while I attended King. She will be remembered for her personality, warmth and positive attitude. I am so sorry she is gone.
Sarah Dubitsky John posted a condolence
Monday, November 4, 2019I shared this on my Facebook page: My childhood friend, Kathy Kathleen Knox, is an incredible force. Born with a disease that left her blind by the time she was in 9th grade, when I met her, she was already destined to touch deeply the hearts and minds of those she came in contact with. As schoolmates, our job was to walk her to her class and carry her books as she held on to our elbow and used her cane. She would give us grief if we turned a corner too fast, or forgot her books, always in the most hilarious and humorous way. When she got her first Braille computer to type her notes I remember being jealous of how cool it was. Kathy would let us type “sentences” and then would read back what we created to great laughter from our gaggle of girls. She’d often throw in a salty word or two to our great pleasure-especially in our small, girls school. Soon after she became completely blind, her mother passed away from breast cancer. I remember singing in our school choir at the funeral and watching Kathy, how strong and beautiful she looked, probably sensing all the eyes on her. Her father was this smiling, constant force at the school and she adored him. Kathy was brilliant, too. I would tease her that if there was anyone I would cheat off of it would be her if she could just stop writing in dots. She went to Amherst College and excelled-of course. I lost touch after College but caught up a few years back. We have popped up with comments and responses to each other’s feeds on Facebook. Her hysterical take on politics, life, her setbacks and people, peppered now with even saltier words, always made me laugh. I read her stories hearing her very distinct and powerful voice. She had incredible wit and a tongue that could slice through BS like a laser-there never was any pretending or false accolades or friendship with Kathy. She was an advocate for herself, independent despite her legally blind status and health issues, a feminist in the best and truest sense, a fashion maven and an individual that had a profound effect on me at a young age. I have so often told my children about her as an example of courage and how to be an intelligent, fierce woman. I always start it with the story of a game Kathy invented called the blind leading the blind where she would have us close our eyes and take her arm and she’d lead us to class. Her raucous laughter when we hit a wall or bumped into a table was everything-she knew exactly where she was leading us. As she brings joy to heaven now, I am grateful for every wall I ever bumped into because of her, for the forever sound of her laughter and wise insight, especially as a young girl, and for her wit and mutual cheering on once we were adult women... I would follow her lead anywhere. Bless you, Kathy.
Debbie Busby Kunces posted a condolence
Saturday, November 2, 2019I had the special honor of meeting Kathy just this past July 2019 around her 50th birthday. She was one of the most incredible people I have ever met.... brilliant, delightful, fun, strong and caring are just a few words to describe this amazing person. She was a gift to this world. My deepest sympathy to her Dad and family. Kathy is truly an angel in heaven now. With love and prayers, Debbie (Busby) & Bob Kunces & family (Kim, Erin, Rob and Irina)
Carolyn Halliburton posted a condolence
Saturday, November 2, 2019Kathy was such a good friend and I have such fond memories of our times at school together. I am so sorry to hear of her loss.
Nancy posted a condolence
Saturday, November 2, 2019Kathy and I became friends (*cough) years ago, working at the Rose Resnick Lighthouse for the Blind. It was my first job out of college, and every single memory of that year is a memory of Kathy with a wry smile and a snappy comeback. We spent our days working together, lunching, shopping (mostly the Divine Ms K!) hanging out round the neighbourhood, wondering whether our boss Phyliss was indeed getting high in her office and laughing our asses off. I could fill a book with memories, but here are some of my favourites: the day we organised a wheelie chair race for all the blind and visually impaired staff and Kylie and Kathy nearly trashed the whole office, the time she made me do the MC Hammer dance and sat on the floor touching my knees because I *just couldn’t* describe what was going on with those legs well enough (she used to call me ‘a defective sightie’ at times like this), the time she took this working class girl to the fanciest department store in town and loftily told them to ‘open a room!’ to show me how it’s done, and the many, many times she made me describe guys in detail and grade them for looks before she’d even consider dating them (only 10s allowed, she was brutal!). One day, a friend was visiting from out east, and in the middle of the two of us holding forth, the friend pointed at me and said to Kathy: ‘I think she’s my alter ego’. Kathy rolled her eyes, and in a dry as a bone drawl said ‘Honey, she’s *everybody’s* alter ego’. I think Kathy was mine – she was a total badass full of love and fire and life and smarts and side-eye, and though we lived thousands and thousands of miles apart we fell in love with each other that year and never looked back. For more than half my life I’ve been signing off messages and emails and posts to Kathy (and only to Kathy) the same way, and I hate that this is the last time. Hate it. May the road rise up to meet you Miss Knox. Lovelovelove Nancy
W. J Pusack posted a condolence
Friday, November 1, 2019I met Kathy in my classroom. She was newly blind. She was always positive, funny, and ready to learn. I became her computer teacher. We used a versa Brailler which was a new machine that converted to and from English, her Braille typing. We were madly learning together. I made maps and graphs. I typed Spanish quizzes and history essays. My favorite memory is that we ran an experiment together. I rolled an Apple II into Mr. Hughes history class to be used by sighted students (before laptops) while Kathy used her versa Brailler to take notes during the lecture. I needed to know if Kathy was succeeding at getting good notes from the class. So we did this for a week getting different students to take notes while she did her best. At the end I made a comparison. The sighted students typed the best they could all that was said without analysis or perspective. Kathy on the other hand would sit listening for several minutes and then in a very concise sentence wrote a summary concluding thought. It was very soon that I realized how smart she was and that she would be a great success using this new machine. We enjoyed each new project we did together. I will continue to remember her joy. Bill Pusack
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Thursday, October 31, 2019
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