Our dearest Carolyn died four months after being diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer. With her passing, there is a hole in many lives that will never be filled. However, we know that she lives on in her three children, and in the hearts and minds of those who loved her.
Carolyn was born in Comox at St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was a beloved sibling and daughter, enjoying many years of Pat Pantuso dance lessons, soccer, Shawnigan Lake summers, Beryl Regier’s Youth Theatre productions, skiing, and fun with her many friends. She attended Tsolum Elementary, Courtenay Junior, and finally Georges P. Vanier Secondary, with a year-long stay in Stryn, Norway in Grade 11 to train for biathlon. She was successful in winning a silver and gold medal in biathlon at the BC Winter Games in 1995 and 1997. Carolyn worked in many capacities including jobs in aquaculture, farming, at a wilderness resort, and finally in construction flagging. She valued her co-workers’ humour and collegiality, and possessed an adventurous spirit that made her so much fun to be around. Soon, however, Carolyn found her true passion and calling with the birth of her children. Being a mother was first and foremost in her heart. Some may have seen her mountain-top wedding to husband Vishnu Ang on an exciting episode of Shaw TV’s “The Proposal”. At home with her three children, George, Charlotte, and baby Theodore, Carolyn worked very hard to keep everyone happy and healthy. She was masterful at creating useful homemade and naturally-sourced products. She spread these gifts around to her friends and family and hoped one day to develop a small business with some of her ideas.
Carolyn was one of the first of a generation to chronicle much of her life on-line, using Facebook to create a rich network of friends and contacts with whom she shared life events, thoughts, and emotions. She was not afraid to speak her mind, and was often poignant and wise in her posts. Photos from many different times are a true reminder of her life-long ability to “be” in the moment and of her great love for Vishnu and her children, friends, and family. In her time facing illness, she was unbelievably brave, funny and raw. She continued to plan family gatherings and make decisions for the future. The aggressiveness of her particular cancer shocked many, and though she didn’t have the luxury of time, she stayed in control of her destiny to the end. She was thankful to Dr. Reggler, Dr. Austin, and Dr. Xing, London Drugs Pharmacy, Comox Valley Hospice, as well as the nurses who provided care. She was deeply touched by the community support she felt here in the Comox Valley. Although Carolyn was forced to accept the outcome of her disease, she said her good-byes and was at peace when she passed away with family beside her on June 4th at 3:33 pm, in St. Joseph’s Hospital. She was 33 years old.
Carolyn is survived by her husband, Vishnu Ang, children George (Colin Partridge), Charlotte, and Theodore, parents Susan Price and Oskar Valdal (Barb), grandmother Margaret Price, sister Shannon (Remi), brothers Peter (Jen) and David (Stephanie), nieces and nephews Annika, Jesse, Jade, Conner, Angelina and Fiona, mother and father-in-law Dolores and Ernesto Ang, sisters-in-law Brenda (Dave), Chi (Duff), Liz (Ghian), Mai (Dale), niece Sheeana, and many dear friends and extended family. We will honour and celebrate this amazing woman from 1 – 2:30 pm on Sunday, June 28th at the former Tsolum Elementary School (now NIDES), located at 2505 Smith Rd. Donations to her family and/or to Comox Valley Hospice can be made at this event. After this celebration, adults are welcome to attend The White Whale Public House to relax and enjoy reminiscing about times spent with Carolyn.