Carol Ann Chiarella
October 1, 1941 – October 26, 2020
Carol Ann Chiarella, age 79, formerly of Sarasota, Florida passed peacefully on October 26,2020 with her devoted daughter Tina and son-in-law, Jason at her side. Born on October 1, 1941 to Salvatore and Laurette (Perlini) Chiarella in Montreal, Canada, she is survived by her two children, Wesley MacAllister (Lorissa) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Tina Epstein (Jason) of Potomac, Maryland. She also leaves behind a sister Diane Casanova, brother Frank Chiarella, and five grandchildren, Paul, Skylar, Sam, Miles and Allister (Alli) whom she deeply loved.
Carol was a regal woman with an extraordinary sense of fashion and style. A gracious hostess and an astute businesswoman, her wit, warmth, empathy and intelligence were all a part of her style. She managed her life with grace, “joie de vivre” and exuberance.
Carol realized a passion for international travel at an early age. Shortly after high school, a friend encouraged her to apply for a job with Canadian Pacific Airlines. It was an extraordinary and life-changing moment for her. Every day was exciting, and she quickly became responsible for care of many VIPs including the epic international arrival of the Beetles, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and many others. She regularly commented that it was not work to her, she loved being there every minute of the day. It was during her work with the airlines that she met her husband of 25 years, Peter MacAllister.
In 1978, the family moved to Sarasota, Florida which was her home for the next 40 years. She was an entrepreneur, owning a Human Resource firm in Montreal for many years before retiring and immersing herself in community work. She volunteered as a Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity before discovering her other passion, that as an advocate for women and families in need. She served for more than 20 years in various volunteer roles and on the Board for SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center). She regularly chaired their signature fundraising event, SPARCC Fashion Show, which generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for women & families in need.
Carol will be remembered for her positive and kind spirit, her warmth and generosity. She was a genuine, supportive, reliable and encouraging friend who had an ability to foster life-long friendships. She made friends everywhere she went as she greeted people with a warm smile. Carol had an unyielding sense of adventure. She loved to travel with her family and friends and was always ready for a global adventure. In recent years, she focused her attention on traveling domestically. She travelled with her grandchildren on an overnight train ride from Albuquerque to Los Angeles, weekends in Denver, holiday trips to New York City to catch a Broadway show, a road trip to Nashville, Miami for Thanksgiving and even a ride on the Polar Express (twice) to visit Santa’s workshop.
Carol was loved by many, and she will be missed. A Catholic funeral is planned at St Martha’s Parish in Sarasota, Florida at 10:30 AM on Thursday, November 19th. St Martha’s is located at 200 North Orange Avenue in Sarasota. Following the mass there will be a Celebration of Life reception at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota from approximately 11:30 to 2:30 in the Healing Garden on property, located at 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive in Sarasota.
Carol will be laid to rest at Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery in Montreal this summer. Donations can be made to SPARCC either by check: SPARCC at 2139 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34237 or go online at the following www.sparcc.net/donation-form./
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Carol Ann Chiarella
November 6, 2020
Dear Tina and Family ,
It was with great sadness that I learned of your mom's passing away. I was very fortunate to meet her and to become her friend. I will miss her but will always remember our good times and outings together. She certainly knew how to communicate her knowledge and share her smiles and laughs... but she also knew how to listen. In this short excerpt of one of his essays "The Train of Life" the French novelist and Dean of the Academie Francaise Jean d'Ormesson compares life with a train........"At birth, we get on the train and meet our parents...we believe they will always travel with us....yet,at a station, they will get off the train, leaving us to continue the journey. As time passes ...siblings,friends children get on the train and others will leave their seats... this trip by train will be full of joys, sorrows,expectations, greetings and goodbyes. Success is to have good relations with all passengers provided we give the best of ourselves. We do not know which station we will get off, so let's live happily, love and forgive. It is important to do so because when we get off the train, we should leave only beautiful memories to those who will continue their journey"................
And this is where we want to thank your mom ...... she is leaving us with beautiful memories we can all cherish.
Helga and Family