It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Carolyn Blanche Irene Gannon, on July 1, 2021 at the age of 78. A devoted mother, grandmother, step-mother, step-grandmother, aunt and friend, she died peacefully at Ross Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family and in the arms of her life partner, Bill Westrope.
She joins her husband, Lyle James Gannon, her parents Lloyd Cochrane and Violet May Cochrane, her sister Darlene Chevier and her beloved dog, Crystal.
Carolyn is survived by her life partner, Bill Westrope, her son Michael Gannon (Dee Gannon), her son Patrick Gannon (Michelle Gilson), her stepdaughters Debra Campbell (Barry), Kelly Jo Gannon, Susan Tourigny (Mike), Dawn Westrope as well as her stepson Tom Westrope (Martha Lenior). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Taylor, Rebecca, Crystal, Cain, Alyssa and Chris and also by her step-grandchildren, Brittany (Craig), Annie-Claude (Marc), Pierre (Anne Sophie),Chelsey, Gabrielle, Michaela, Geordie, Eden and Claire, as well as her great grandchildren, Zoey and Lincoln and by her nephew Todd Cochrane.
Carolyn met Bill Westrope in October 1993. They spent the years since, travelling all over North America in their 5th wheel before settling in Yuma, Arizona in 2003 for their winters and spending their summers at their home in Lindsay or at the family cottage on Salerno Lake. Carolyn and Bill met many wonderful people during their travels and most of these people remain their dearest friends today.
Artist, reader, cook, animal lover, but especially spouse, mother, and friend extraordinaire, Carolyn always had a quiet presence about her and a calming effect on those around her. Since 2013, Carolyn brought this calming quality of hers to her volunteer work at Women’s Resources in Lindsay and to the Yuma Foodbank in Arizona. Although she loved all animals, dogs held an especially important place in her heart. She could quickly charm any dog she encountered and, as a result, Bill and Carolyn were often asked to babysit friends’ dogs over the years. Carolyn was blessed with a gentle soul, an affectionate smile and a loving heart that helped gain the affection of anyone whose path was lucky enough to have crossed hers.
We would like to thank the staff in the ICU and Palliative Care Unit at Ross Memorial Hospital for all their loving care of Carolyn and the support they provided to Bill during her stay. We are very grateful for all they did to make her comfortable during this difficult time.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Saturday, September 25th from 2pm-5pm with tributes at 3:30pm, at the Community Pavilion in Riverwood Park, Lindsay, ON.
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