Karen Joyce Dow passed away peacefully Saturday April 29, 2023, in her 75th year after a brief illness.
She was predeceased by her long-time friend and life partner Geraldine McDonelll (Dec. 10. 2022) and her Son Jeff (April 11, 1985).
Karen was a loving Mother to Jason, daughter-in-law Susan, and cherished Grandma to Alicia and Adam.
Born in Hamilton and raised in Parry Sound, she will be missed by her all of her friends both in the Beeton area and the Toronto (North York) area where she spend many years residing.
Karen was actively involved in various clubs and activities including the Beeton Athletic Association, where she coached hockey and helped out with the annual Car Draws, and the Beeton Curling Club, where she was a member. She enjoyed attending various hockey and baseball games in support of her Grandchildren.
She was an outdoor enthusiast, and loved to fish and travel to scenic areas, especially in the fall. She enjoyed many camping trips with her Grandchildren also and was always keen to go on new adventures with them, wherever that would take her.
Karen had a strong love for dogs and had many furry companions which she cared for and loved dearly over the years. She loved to take her dogs for walks and they were with her wherever she travelled.
It’s now our turn to say “Love you to the moon and back”. Rest in peace Mom/Grandma.
The family would like to thank The Doctors and Nurses at North York General Hospital for the great care that they provided while Mom/Grandma was there. Cremation has taken place and no service will be held as per her wishes.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Ontario Humane Society would be greatly appreciated.
To leave expressions of sympathy or stories of Karen, please visit www.RodAbramsFuneralHome.com
Jo-Anne Phipps Thomas says
Jason, Susan, Alicia and Adam, I’m so sorry for the loss of your Mother/Gramma, my sister. Cherish the memories you have and share them often. Come visit anytime you wish. Love you all, Auntie Jo-Anne
Betty Anne Rutledge says
I’m very sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. May she find peace and love in the arms of Jeff. She was a lovely lady.
Dr. Tom Weinberger says
My wife and I just found out about the passing of Karen and we extend our sincere condolences to the entire family. We met Karen when she became involved with the opposition to the Minto development in the area. I would see Karen periodically riding her motorized wheel chair, with her two four legged companions and often with Geraldine. She always had a smile on her face and willingly would stop to chat, despite the grumblings of her two four legged companions. The entire neighbourhood will miss her pleasant outlook.
eileen berg says
I just heard about Karen’s passing. She was in our neighbourhood and we shared the same interest of loving our dogs. I recently saw her when she indicated that she wasn’t well and was waiting for further support.
I am so saddened by her passing and we miss her presence and her furry friends.
Sandra Serafini says
I am completely heartbroken upon learning of Karen’s passing. Karen and Dean were a huge part of the York Mills/Leslie neighborhood, always stopping for a friendly chat with the many friends they made over the years. Karen was a true inspiration and I hope she knew how loved and admired she was. Our little corner of the world was a happier and brighter place because of Karen. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. ♥️
Jason, Susan, Alicia, and Adam Dow says
Thank you to everyone who left messages regarding the loss of Mom/Grandma.
It is very much appreciated.
Jason, Sue, Alicia and Adam
Our condolences to you on the loss of your Mom/Grandma. We have fond memories of her cheering at the hockey games. Cherish the wonderful memories you have. ❤️
Shawn, Melissa, Joel & Ava
Deb Middleton says
Jason, Sue, Alicia & Adam,
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom, Mother in law, & Grandmother. Thinking of you all in this very difficult time. I know you will cherish all the special memories that you had & will hold onto forever.
Linda McCullough says
My deepest condolences to the family. Rest in Pesce Karen
The Kowalinski's says
Dear Sue, Jason, Alicia and Adam….
We are sending you all our sincerest sympathies as you cope with the loss of a wonderful mom and grandma. Cherish your memories and carry them with you in your hearts. She will always be there. Thinking of you all and sending our thoughts and prayers. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love The Kowalinski Family
Cathy & Jim Van Noort says
Jason, Sue, Alicia & Adam,
We were so sadden to hear about Karen’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by all. Please know we are thinking of you all during this time.
Jim, Cathy & family
Penny Woodward says
Condolences from the Woodward family .
The Woodwards says
Jason, Susan and Family
We are so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Jason, Michelle & Cole Woodward
Glen, Debbie & Meghan Adams says
Jason, Susan, Alicia and Adam, we are so sorry for your loss. We are sending much love and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Peggy Enever says
Jason & family I am so sorry to read of the passing of your Mom, Karen. Praying you will find comfort and peace during this sad time.
Joanne, Pete Duggan and family says
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. You are all in our thoughts and prayers ❤️
Judy Bannister & Wayne Passero says
Dear Jason, Susan & family. We were all so fortunate to have Karen in our lives and she will be missed tremendously. My fondest memories are the early morning walks we took sharing laughs, family stories and meeting neighbours who would wait for us to have a chat. Karen’s love and pride for her family were well known to all and she could not mention any of you without a big smile on her face. Her loyalty and generosity to those lucky enough to be her friends will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace.
Sending love and condolences.
John Archibald says
Jason and family
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Please accept our sincerest condolences and cherish all the great memories you have of her.
John and Anne Archibald
Rene Somers says
I met Karen April 1975 when the Dows moved in next door during a snow storm. She taught me Kanasta right away. Her little Tabatha spaniel was her shadow. Jeff and Jason became friends with my three girls Lisa, Gina and Audra. I will always remember what she did for me during the summer of 75 and forever greatful. She was quite the girl.
Boyd Collins says
Jason, My thoughts are with you. Regards Boyd
Hank and Betty Lou Vanderpost says
Dear Jason, Susan, Alicia, and Adam: We send our deepest sympathy in your loss of a dear mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. Cherish all the wonderful memories. Our prayers, and blessings are with you at this very sad time
Hank and Betty Lou Vanderpost