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RAMSDEN, Carole Olive

December 24, 1932 — March 4, 2023

Carole’s family is so very sad to announce her peaceful passing at Central Okanagan Hospice House on March 4, 2023, after a short illness.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Richard, Deborah (Gene) and Bradley(Diane); her grandchildren, Spring (Matt), Sephorah (Ryan), Vanessa (Matt), Jasna, Isaiah, Owen, Ethan, and Sean; and her great-grandchildren, Easton, Cohen, Eleana and Brenna. She will be sadly missed by her nephew, Douglas (Sarah), and niece, Cathy. Carole was predeceased by, Dick, her loving husband of 69 years; and her dear sister Irene; also sister-in-law, Gwen, and brother-in-law, Bill.

Carole was born and grew up in the west end of Vancouver, BC. English Bay and Stanley Park were her backyard. Raised by a hardworking single mom and a sister 6 years older, she developed her independence at an early age and started working at 12 years old. She saved up enough money to buy herself a horse (Stranger) that she rode in Stanley Park and kept stabled just around the corner from her home at Bidwell and Robson streets.  That home would become, and still is, a heritage building. She forged lifelong friendships here, and it was with some of those friends that she met a young hockey player named Dick Ramsden; The rest is history.

The passing of Dick and Irene was a tremendous loss for her, but she was amazingly strong and served as an example to us all. She continued to live on her own and take care of herself, including driving herself around, until she became ill. She never left the house without looking nicely dressed. Carole and Dick were devoted to each other, and they travelled to many parts of the world with Coca-Cola, with good friends, and on their own. Her favourite destination was Egypt, and she said if she could do it over, she would have travelled more.

Always the consummate hostess, she loved to cook and serve wonderful meals to friends and family alike. Her freezer was full when she passed. Carole loved to be outside and was a lifelong golfer until just a few years ago. She loved a good game of bridge and played right up until she became ill. She also enjoyed a good hockey game, live or on tv.

Carole loved animals and children. She truly enjoyed keeping up to date with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hearing about their exploits. She loved to visit the Toronto Zoo and at one time she was going to volunteer with the gorillas until she found out they weighed over 200 lbs! She missed her pets, always. She gave back by volunteering with the Canadian Cancer Society and at Bendale Acres Long Term Care Home in Scarborough.

Carole kept her quirky sense of humour right until her last days. She seldom had a bad word to say about anyone and was a good, loyal friend to many, including her children.

Carole was cremated and there will be no funeral at her request. A private family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. She told us not to be sad, she has lived a good and long life. A classy lady, she left us with many fond memories to fill the emptiness she leaves behind. Thanks Mom.

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