Kathleen Florence Budge (Kathy)

Kathleen Florence Budge


This is the story of a lifetime of Kathleen Budge (nee O’Brien) who was known to most as Kathy. Born on 12th September 1933 in London to Florence and Thomas O’Brien. Kathy completed her education at Sacred Heart Convent. As a child her interests and hobbies included singing in the church choir. Kathy got her first job at British European Airways at the age of 18.
In 1954 she met Malcolm Budge. They married a year later and bought their first family home in Hampton Hill in 1956. In 1963 Kathy and Malcolm became the proud parents of daughter Jackie. The three of them spent many happy years living in Hampton Hill and also abroad in Peru.
Later in life she moved to Sydney with Malcolm and began to enjoy life with Jackie and her young family, husband Peter and daughters Rebecca and Caroline. Kathy also enjoyed making friends in her new community through playing tennis and bridge.
Grandchildren details – Rebecca and husband Christopher and sons Lachlan and Oliver.
Caroline and husband Jason and son Cooper.
Kathy lived life to the fullest, had a great sense of humour and a constant smile on her face and was never far away from her favourite tipple, A “G & T”!

Funeral service details

Date: Tuesday, 2nd April, 2019
Commencing: 11:00am

Family and friends of Kathleen are warmly invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be held in its entirety at St John of God Chapel, 177 Grose Vale Road, North Richmond.

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  • Dear Mum,
    We all miss you so very much. I know you couldn't stay with us, but we are very proud that you fought so hard and for so long ensuring you could witness the girls' weddings and the births of your beautiful three great-grandsons.
    Life is different without you and will never be the same, but you hold a special place in our hearts. So many things trigger my memories of you and suddenly bring tears to my eyes. You were a unique individual and we were lucky we belonged to you.
    I know you are with Paul Andrew now.
    Love and miss you for ever,
    Jackie xxxxxxx

    Jackie Fisher
  • I met Jackie when we started school together at the age of 4. My first memory of Kathy, is when she and my mum, shared the ‘drop of’ and ‘pick up’ from St Catherine’s. Kathy and Jackie used to arrive in the bright red mini, Kathy wearing a long brightly coloured kaftan, Always smiling!
    So many memories, so many wonderful days spent either in Park Road, or Uxbridge Road........the flowers Jackie and I picked for our mums, and their reactions, will remain with me forever!
    Kathy, You will be greatly missed by all your family and friends, but how amazing and special that you met your great grandsons! They will have such special memories to treasure.
    Sleep well with the angels.

    Claire Hunt
  • I never met you , but so glad that I knew you, so glad of our contact over the last 7years , rest in peace dear Kathy with love Sharon xxxxxx

    Sharon langman
  • I remember my Auntie Kathleen from Christmas gatherings. My family would gather at her family home or ours for a big lavish meal and family time. The best part was always the games. We would split into teams and play "draw the Christmas carol", charades and other guessing games. When we were young, the adults would help us, but as we got older we began to dictate what and how we should play. Kathy was always full of enthusiasm and fun with stories to tell.

    I am the younger daughter of Kathy's twin sister, Margaret. When Kathy and Malc left for Australia to be close to Jackie, our regular family visits ended. Then I moved to Canada, nearer but still an ocean away. I do know that her strong desire to get the most out of every day continued throughout her life. May her spirit continue to glow now and forever.

    Claire Donovan
  • Aunty Kathleen always had such a big bright smile to match her big bright blouse. I’m sorry we lived so far away that we could not spend more time together. Her memory lives on all the way here in a London x

    Katie Townsend
  • Kathy was my Mother, Margaret's twin and therefore my Aunt. We spent many happy hours at the Budge home with our cousin Jackie before the family moved across to the warm shores of Australia.

    I remember Kathy as a larger than life character. Often laughing, occasionally crying, but whatever her mood it was a big mood. She was always a strong presence in the room. She was a fabulous cook, making delicious meals for us whenever we visited, both in the UK and then later in Australia.

    Kathy was a strong woman but under her bold exterior she was a kind woman who did all sort of generous acts in the background. I recall her booking an extra pot of dinner to pass on to the maid's family because she knew she wouldn't take a tip or a handout, but if she argued it was left over from a dinner party, she would take it. That was the kind thoughtfulness of Kathy.

    She loved how her little family were growing and expanding with the birth of her grad-daughters and then her great grandsons. She has left a happy legacy behind her and we will miss her.

    I will drink a G&T to her on 2nd April. Bon Voyage, Auntie Kathleen, until we meet again.

    Tess Townsend