With sorrow, we announce that Catherine A. “Cathy” Morrissey, 63, of Worcester and formerly of Auburn, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 16, 2021, finishing her courageous dance with cancer.
Born in Worcester, raised and educated in Auburn, Cathy was one of four children born to the late Joseph E. Morrissey, Sr. and Marie A. (Schelin) Morrissey. She graduated from Auburn High School, and went on to attend UMASS Amherst (with her sisters Ellen and Diane) where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Marketing. In 1992, Cathy graduated from Nichols College with a M.B.A. in Marketing as well.
She graduated in slow economic times where, and exhibiting typical Cathy determination, she walked in off the street and secured a field sales position with Ford which was exceptional in a male-dominated industry and excelled. She quickly established long lasting relationships with her dealers and rose rapidly through the ranks to a senior role in the Ford Fleet Division. Cathy thrived in her Fleet role where for example, she led Ford’s Sponsorship and players vehicle program in the PGA’s signature tour event, the Traveler’s in Hartford, CT. She retired several year ago from Ford as National Account Manager, something that was more than just a job to her.
Cathy cared deeply for others and volunteered at St. John’s Catholic Church soup kitchens and fundraisers to name a few activities. She truly had a passion for fashion, and was always the most stylish person in the room at any given time. Cathy loved going on walks, spending time with her book club, and was an active member of the “Breast Friends Connection” group.
Cathy is survived by her beloved siblings: Ellen Paladino and husband Robert, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Diane Mara and husband Paul, of Auburn, and Joseph Morrissey, Jr. of Auburn; her special nieces and nephews: Joe Paladino, Natalie Paladino, Delia Mara, and Paul Mara, Jr.; as well as many close friends, colleagues, and clients, all of whom held Cathy in high esteem.
We all love and remember her creative and fun annual Christmas tree design surprise and gourmet dinners. Her nieces and nephews affectionately called her “Fashion Cathy,” to distinguish her from other family Cathy’s; she would laugh at her nickname, well-earned.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John’s Food for the Poor Program, 20 Temple Street, Worcester, MA 01604 (www.stjohnsfoodforthepoor.org/), an organization that was near and dear to Cathy’s heart.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service, which will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 22, 2021 at Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag Street, Auburn, MA. Burial will be held privately for Cathy’s family. The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home is honored to be assisting with arrangements.