Caroline Carol Elizabeth Hendry Duffus

September 25, 1918May 5, 2012

DUFFUS, Caroline Elizabeth, beloved wife of the late Allan F. Duffus, of Waverley passed away in her 94th year on May 5th, surrounded by the love of her family. Born in Toronto, the youngest daughter of George and Edith Hendry, she lost both her parents before she turned 11 and became strong and independent with the help of cherished relatives and lifelong friends. Carol was schooled at Branksome and Margaret Eaton School of Physical Education in Toronto. She cherished time spent in Bala and Port Carling in Muskoka. Carol joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1942 coming to Halifax as a Sub-Lieutenant in 1943 where she worked on the tactical table and later became Staff Officer, Training. During this time she met and married Allan. Together they raised their family in Halifax and Bedford. She was active in her community and church and a member of several organizations including the Junior League, a charter member of the United Church Women, the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council (juried member), Heritage Trust and the Fort Sackville Foundation, holding executive positions in several of these groups. Carol was also involved in the Bedford Basin Yacht Club and along with Allan enjoyed weekly races, cruises and hosting the annual Labour Day party on the shore. She learned to weave and spin and became a master artisan winning many prizes along the way. Pot luck suppers were regularly hosted for UCW and ASH members. Carol found great pleasure in her garden and in raising cocker spaniels and music was always a large part of her life. Carol was proud of her children and their accomplishments. Her family is grateful that she was given time to see her grandsons grow into fine young men. She is survived by her children, Sylvia, Edmonton, Graeme (Pamela Piers) Halifax, Roslyn, Waverley, Heather Gayler (Trevor) and her grandsons, Joshua and Benjamin Gayler, PEI, several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and husband, her sisters, Edith Will (Ralph), Mary and Jean Hendry, her nephew John Will, and Andrew and Helen Duffus. The family would like to thank the Doctors and Staff of Abbie Lane Unit 9.1 for their care and compassion over the last few weeks. Visitation will be held at J A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Dr., Sunday May 13, 7-9 pm and a Memorial Service at Bedford United Church, 1200 Bedford Hwy on Monday May 14, 11 am In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the QE II Foundation, the Cobequid Centre or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Sunday, May 13, 2012
  • Memorial Service Monday, May 14, 2012

Caroline Carol Elizabeth Hendry Duffus

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July 12, 2012

I just received word of Carol's death and wish to send sincere sympathy on behalf of the Branksome Hall Alumnae Association. What a wonderful lady Carol was - how I have enjoyed reading about her life. The family provided such a marvelous musical tribute to a much loved mom. My thoughts are with you. Notice of Carol's passing will be published in the next alumnae magazine.
Tanya Pimenoff
Associate Director of Alumnae Relations
Branksome Hall

Diane Hopper (Tingley)

May 15, 2012

My condolences to Caroline's family as you mourn her passing.

Karen Fry

May 13, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Maritime Conference United Church Women

May 12, 2012

The Maritime Conference United Church Women extend their deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one, Caroline.
May you always keep the memories of Caroline in your heart and treasure them each day.

May the love of God surround you to comfort, strengthen and give you comfort as you face the difficult days ahead.

May you feel the love and caring of your U C W family and know that they are there to support, strengthen and encourage you.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

In Christian Love,
Rerta Manuel,
Corresponding Secretary
Reta Manuel

Chris Lugar

May 12, 2012

So many memories flooded in when I read Heather's note about your mother's passing. She was like a second mother to the Lugar children as we frolicked across the Duffus property and around the shoreline, always hoping for high tide. I recall a hearty laugh coming from the shore as she and our mother joked about our shenanigans in the water and around the wharf. Thank you Carol Duffus for being such an important part of our cherished memories.

Angie G

May 11, 2012

May you find comfort in remembering your dear mother this Mother's Day, and every day.

May 11, 2012

Dear Roslyn- My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Faye

May 9, 2012

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Our sincerest condolences.

Armbrae Academy


Mum just after her 92nd birthday with a photo of herself circa 1937


Sunrise over Lake William, January 2012