Catherine (Hennessey) Laird
1927 ∼ 2020
Catherine (Hennessy) Laird, 93, of Pocasset, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 3, 2020.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Laird. And she is survived by their four children: Joanne Reilly, Joe Laird, Tom Laird, and Eileen Laird; five grandchildren: Alyssa Reilly, Joshua Reilly, Chris Glasheen, Serena DeMartino, Joslynn Laird; and one great-grandchild: Mia Izhar.
Catherine was raised in Dorchester by Irish immigrants and was a city girl in her early life. She trained as a nurse through St. Margaret’s Hospital RN program, beginning her career in hospital settings and working in a variety of units. Neonatal was her favorite. She finished her career as a geriatric head nurse at Cape Cod Nursing Home, supervising a team of nurses and aides. In between, she was a stay-at-home mother and homemaker.
She always enjoyed travel. When she was young and single, she and her girlfriends took cross-country road trips, traveling for up to two months at a time. Once she was married, the road trips continued but this time with her husband and children. Catherine and John settled on Cape Cod in 1970. She said she was always happiest living near the ocean.
Cooking was her love language, and she especially enjoyed baking. There were always multiple freshly baked treats in the house, and she knew everyone's favorites. She was also very active in the women's guild of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Parish of Pocasset. Her baked goods showed up at many fundraisers, and she served as President for a term.
It’s impossible to describe someone’s personality in just a few words, but we’d like to try. Catherine was smart, sassy, and very direct. She was more likely to be described as strong rather than soft. She approached the ups and downs of life with stoicism and didn’t believe in big displays of emotion. Yet she was the rock of the family, the centerpiece, the one on whom others depended. And the constant thread in her life was caring for others, as a daughter, a sister, a niece, a nurse, a mother, and a grandmother.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, all funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Cod Health Foundation. Please write VNA Hospice in the memo line. PO Box 370, Hyannis, MA 02601.