Carol Anne Hepburn

19 août 19472 avril 2021
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Carol passed away at home on April 2, 2021. Incredible mom to Amy Paradine (Philip) and Sara Forbes (John). The most fantastic Grandma to Alexandria, Lucy and Logan. Will be missed and remembered by David and Annie Hepburn, and her siblings Richard, Wendy and Ken. Carol was a special person to many family and friends. Carol meant the world to her family and they will miss her forever.

Anyone who knew Carol knew her kids and grandkids were the centre of her world. Carol, Amy and Sara spent years making memories together and she was always their biggest advocate and cheerleader (even when they both took turns giving her gray hair). Carol was an amazing grandparent; both a true partner in crime and confidant to her grandkids.

She insisted on not “having a fuss” made of her when she passed but really hoped those who knew her would remember her after she was gone by telling stories, hugging family, getting ice cream and finding fun adventures with loved ones. At her request, a small family gathering will be held as soon as possible, where the family will dress in bright colours and reminisce about happy times, of which there are many.

Condolences, fond memories and tributes are appreciated by the family and can be added to through the Courtice Funeral Chapel site. Should you wish to make a donation in honour of Carol, please consider donating to Sick Kids Hospital (Alex and Lucy’s choice) or Jump Start (Logan’s choice). Carol supported both these charities and they meant a lot to her and the family.

Mom will be loved forever and missed even longer.


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Carol Anne Hepburn


Christina Heinze

16 avril , 2021

I was very sorry to hear of this sad news, Amy and Sarah. I have many fond memories of working with your mom at Leslie McFarlane. Carol was very involved in your lives then, but also involved with the many students needing extra help at school. A lovely soul who will be missed!

Deborah Black

16 avril , 2021

Amy, my condolences to you and your family. Carol always had a smile and a laugh whenever she came into my office. Great memories of her.

Cathy Coon-Brooks

16 avril , 2021

Amy and Sara,

I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. Carol took me under her wing when I arrived as a rookie at McFarlane. She was kind-hearted, honest, funny and always supported the children placed in her care. I know you will miss her tremendously.

With my deepest sympathy,
Cathy CB

Richard & Taline Hepburn

13 avril , 2021

We are so sorry for your loss Amy, Sara, & family. We were all very saddened when we heard the news that your mom passed away. We'll be remembering Aunt Carol along with you in these difficult times. We hope you feel surrounded by much love as others remember all the good times and experiences they had with Carol. If we can help in any way, please reach out any time.

Love Rich, Taline, Nyrie, & Ara

Cindy Hepburn

10 avril , 2021

Aunt Carol was an inspiration, she always put her family first and the love she had for family was clear to all. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. Her world revolved around you all, and I know you all hold so many wonderful memories. She was a wonderful woman who will be truly missed. Continue to make her proud as she looks down on you all. Sending my condolences to you all

Marg and Alex Ferguson

9 avril , 2021

We have so many memories of Carol and her two girls, Amy and Sara. Alex had a special bond with Carol as they started their first job in teaching, together. Later we got to know her extended family.
Something that stands out for me is Carol’s sense of humour - always there, throughout !
We miss you, Carol,
love, Alex and Marg

Melissa Redden

9 avril , 2021

My deepest condolences on the passing of your amazing mother. She was an inspirational person. May your loving memories always stay close to your heart.

With sympathy,

Melissa Redden

Carolyn Mountjoy

8 avril , 2021

Sara and family

Condolences to you, your sister and family on the passing of your mother. When you lived in our neighbourhood, your mother always had a smile and a wave when we would see each other.

Carolyn & Gary Mountjoy

Meg Ferguson-Tiller

7 avril , 2021

I often think how fortuitous it was that my parents bought their first home right next door to the Hepburn girls, a twist of fate that led old teaching buddies bond their families together for generations. I’m so sorry for your tremendous loss. Much love to Amy and Sara and your families. Your mom raised two of the most amazing women. I’ll always treasure the memories and will always be grateful to have had such an amazing person in my life.

Love Meg, Steve and Katie

Scott & Nancy Hepburn

7 avril , 2021

We would like to express our deepest sympathy to Sara, Amy and family. We always enjoyed our time together with Carol. Carol had a fantastic sense of humour and was very caring. She was very dedicated to her girls Amy & Sara and was very proud of her grandchildren. She was very fortunate to be so close to them.
Remember all the great memories as they will help you through this difficult time. We will miss Carol and cherish our memories of her.

All our love
Uncle Scott & Aunt Nancy


Carol Anne Hepburn (nee Carter) was born in East York, Ontario, to parents Richard and Catherine Carter (nee McEchnie). Carol was raised in Scarborough. As a young child, Carol was optimistic in her outlook. She sought out the possibilities in a given situation and looked for ways to apply her creative energies. Carol rarely called attention to herself, but when she did speak out, her message was clearly understood by those around her.

Early on in her family relationships, Carol showed that she was a tolerant and flexible person, and she got along fairly well with everyone. She was raised with 3 siblings - Richard, Kenneth, and Wendy.

Growing up, Carol took part in music lessons, playing the accordion. She was a member of the Girl Guides of Canada - but was never a camping enthusiast! In her spare time she liked bowling, playing outside, riding bikes, and going to the movies. Carol's memorable achievements included awards for public speaking and skipping grade 4 completely. However, to Carol, the most fun she had was simply playing, and spending time with family and friends.

Early on in her school years, Carol showed an interest in learning, especially when it came to subjects in the arts. At times, school learning did not provide Carol with sufficient challenges, but being an avid reader, she could often be “lost in a book” well above her grade level. She graduated from David and Mary Thomson Collegiate, in Scarborough, in 1965. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite class in high school was English and lLanguages (French, German and Latin). The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Love, her elementary school teacher. Carol was accepted to a University Program at Waterloo but followed her passion for teaching, attending Ontario Teachers' College.

In college, Carol showed that she was able to focus on what was necessary. She found it quite easy to dive headlong into classes, especially those that truly interested her. Using her understanding of language, Carol was able to move comfortably through a wide variety of courses. She earned her Ontario Teachers' Certificate in 1966. She also earned her Special Education Specialist qualifications in 1985. Carol's favourite courses were her placements, especially her placement at a rural school. It was very different from the city schools she was used to attending!

Those who didn’t know Carol well might not view her as being an outgoing person, those who called her their friend knew differently. Carol was an advocate for others and was comfortable using her voice to speak her opinions.. Close friends knew that her kindness was unmatched, and once you became a friend of Carol’s, you understood how true a friend she could be. While growing up, some of her best friends were Judy Thornton and Corrine Peverley. Later in life, she became friends with Alex and Marg Ferguson, Darlene Allen, Jane McCluskey and Gloria McRae ("The Golden Girls").

Carol was married to David Hepburn in 1969. They shared many happy memories before separating in 1981. They remained very good friends and parents.

Carol was exceptionally sympathetic and compassionate when it came to her children. These emotional bonds made her as much a playmate as a parent. She gave her family unconditional love and kindness, sharing her artistic nature by turning everyday events into creative play. Carol was blessed with two daughters, Catherine Amanda (Amy) and Sara Elizabeth. Carol was also blessed with three grandchildren - Alexandria, Lucy, and Logan.

Carol found ways to enjoy what she did for a living. She worked hard and did her best to succeed every day. Her primary occupation was an Educator. She spent over 30 years supporting student needs and wellness.

Carol enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were finding fun adventures with Amy and Sara, and then with her Grandkids. She loved reading and going to the movies. She loved all holidays and found joy in making celebrations extra special for everyone.

Throughout her life, Carol was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Carol was an active member of the many parent committees for Amy and Sara's schools. She was active in the Whitby Roller Skating Club when both Amy and Sara skated. She enjoyed volunteering, most recently in Amy's classroom at Glen Dhu Public School. She always volunteered to chaperone trips and activities for her grandkids.

Carol’s favorite vacations included seeing European sites in her early adult years. In her later years, she really enjoyed family trips to Disney World, New York City, and Buffalo (for Back-to-School and Christmas shopping).

Carol was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Carol’s favorites was her first dog, Tammy. Carol and her kids enjoyed several other special pets, including a Sheltie Dog named Sheltie, cats Moggie and Salem, and her many granddogs.

When Carol’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, she was well prepared. In retirement, she found pleasure in spending time with her Grandkids and family. She loved volunteering at the kids’ schools. Even in retirement, Carol continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances.

Carol passed away on April 2, 2021. Carol died at home in Courtice, Ontario. She lived with Melanoma for many years and faced the disease with bravery, strength and optimism. She died of cardiac arrest after suffering a hard bout of pneumonia. Carol is survived by her daughters Amy Paradine (Philip) and Sara Forbes (John), and her grandkids Alex, Lucy, and Logan. She will be deeply missed by David and Annie Hepburn. At Carol's request, the family will gather privately to reflect and remember her. Carol was cremated and is in the care of her family.

Carol was a good woman, a kind woman, and a practical woman who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being warm and deeply caring. She leaves behind her a treasury of life-long friendships and wonderful memories. Carol always had much to give and was able to make those connections in her life where her gifts were appreciated. Carol was a faithful, practical and loving person. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Carol Anne Hepburn.