Catherine (Cate) Agnes Smart Caley

November 4, 1967 - December 6, 2023

11/04/1967 - 12/06/2023

Past Services

Wednesday December 13, 2023
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Southside Chapel
5033 Rouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 422-4000 | Directions
Friday December 15, 2023
12:00 pm
Tabernacle Methodist Church
1265 Sandbridge Rd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
757-426-2396 | Directions

Born in Boston, Massachusetts on November 4, 1967 Catherine (Cate) Agnes Smart Caley departed from us on December 6, 2023. She was a Virginia Beach resident for the last 27 years. A cancer survivor, Cate passed unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep.

A graduate of Bridgewater State College where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree, she went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Forensic Social Work at Boston College. While still in Massachusetts, Cate worked with prisoners at Walpole Maximum Security Prison. After moving to Virginia, Cate counseled Navy Seals at Dam Neck and she also worked with prisoners at Norfolk City Jail. She was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center and often spoke fondly of her work associates. Cate was proud of her work and was devoted to her clients’ well-being.

She loved to travel and experience new people and places such as Isla Mujeres, Jamaica and Grand Cayman BWI as well as frequent visits to Williamsburg. Her love of Christmas saw her eagerly attending Bush Garden’s Christmas Town each winter. Her enthusiasm for music spanned most every genre, with particular favorites being Eric Clapton, Freddie Mercury, America, David Bowie, Genesis and Matchbox 20. Cate was especially supportive of children and animals in need.

She leaves behind her loving husband Robert M. Caley, her beloved daughters Sarah Bell and Emily Bell and their father and grandmother Dustin Bell and Terry Abrams, as well as her father Peter Smart, her sister Nicole Smart Meyer and her “BFF” rescue companion Chappy. She is also survived by her aunts and uncles Frank Perkins, Jean Bryan, Patricia Smart, Aggie Fletcher, Peggy Harrison, as well as cousins Richard & Beth Smart, William & Karen Smart, Dennis & Tracy Smart, Patricia Pascarelli and Robin Perkins Parnell.

Friends and relatives are invited to say farewell to Cate at Altmeyer Funeral Home Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive in Virginia Beach. Visiting hours will be between 4PM and 7PM on December 13th 2023. A memorial service will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 1265 Sandbridge Road in Virginia Beach on December 15, 2023 at 12PM. In lieu of flowers, Cate would have preferred a donation in remembrance of her to one of her favorite charities:

The Humane Society
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

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William Yetter MD
2 months ago

I will miss her warmth, compassion for others and daily smile ….the workplace seems more empty without our daily talks….Cate was an incredibly smart and talented LCSW who helped many a soul……I am wishing Bob and the family peace in this difficult time…

2 months ago

This was truly a shock. So sad about the family loss. My sincere condolences to you Bob and her children. Cate was funny and a caring person. May Cate rest in peace.

Janette Doucette
2 months ago

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Kate’s passing. Seems like just yesterday we were overwhelmed and overworked students at Bridgewater. We lived, travelled, partied and got in a little trouble together but always had fun. We were closer than sisters for a long time until life and silly disagreements got in the way. And though I haven’t seen her in several years, I will miss and love her forever. My sincerest condolences to her husband, daughters and her family. RIP Katie, you’re now at peace.

Sherri Walters
2 months ago

Praying for you Bob, I will always remember what fun we had in Grand Cayman.

Carol Colligan
2 months ago

I’m going to miss you Cate.

Ron Caley
2 months ago

The world is a brighter and happier place because you were in it, Sis! I will cherish your memory and keep a part of you alive within me.

Bill Tennis
2 months ago

It is with great sadness that we learn of Cate,s passing. May her spirit live within the family and those of us who knew her. She is resting in peace.

Nicole Hamilton
2 months ago

Bob I didn’t know your wife but I am so so sorry to hear of her passing. Me and my family would like to send our condolences to you. If you need anything let me know. Once again I’m truly sorry.