Caroline Monahan

December 13, 1939November 1, 2022
Obituary of Caroline Monahan
Caroline Monahan, passed away on November 1, 2022 while being cared for by the Victoria Hospice. Caroline was the beloved sister (sister-in-law) of Patrick Monahan (Cathie) and Kevin Monahan (Nancy), aunt to Adam Monahan (Rana El-Sabaawi), Sarah May (Jeremy) and Erin Monahan, and great-aunt to Jasper, Phoebe and Phineas May. Caroline was born in Witney, England (near Oxford), on December 13, 1939 to Agnes O’Brien and John Triggs. Together with our mother Agnes, she passed the wartime years in the country away from the bombing of London. Following the war Agnes married Hugh Monahan, the celebrated wildlife artist. From that time Hugh was always “Dad” to Caroline. She went to boarding school at Hengrave Hall in Suffolk and then moved with the rest of the family to North Vancouver, BC in 1957. She obtained a BA and MA at the University of British Columbia and then returned to the UK to complete a PhD in Spanish literature at the University of London. Caroline had a wide circle of friends. Having no children herself, she was godmother to many. For almost forty years she taught Spanish at the University of Victoria. She reluctantly took her turn as head of the department, but found her true joy in teaching young people. Caroline was widely travelled, having visited dozens of countries from Uzbekistan to Brazil to Tibet and the Galapagos Islands. In retirement she was an avid birdwatcher. But those who knew her well will remember her best for her humour, her kindness and her love of life. She was a great mimic—her impersonation of Sister Wendy never ceased to amaze. Caroline was diagnosed with uterine cancer earlier this year. With the help of many wonderful people, she was able to remain in her home until three weeks before her death. She was fiercely independent but finally, due to failing heath, she had to be moved to hospital and then hospice. She was 82 years young. We will sorely miss our dear sister, aunt and friend. Our consolation is that she is finally at peace. A celebration of life will be held in the New Year.

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