Karen Gavan

Karen Gavan

March 22, 1945 May 1, 2019

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Obituary for Karen Kathryn Gavan (Saunders)

GAVAN, Karen Kathryn - It is with profound sadness that the family of Karen Gavan announce her sudden passing at home on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. She leaves behind her beloved husband Michael Gavan, her son Ryan Gavan and her grandchildren Iain and Simon. She was predeceased by her son Sean Gavan and her parents Kitty and Bill Saunders.

Karen was such a vibrant woman with very strong values and morels. She had such a zest for life.... and coffee... and wine... and for her family, especially her two grandchildren.

The family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and prayers and generosity everyone has given them during this difficult time. It has truly been the guiding light to help them to navigate these waters, put the pieces together and rebuild their ship and chart a new journey without
their captain.

As per Karen’s wishes, cremation has taken place. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by her family. Donations and condolences may be sent online at

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Marilyn Young

Just found out today, I did her hands and feet monthly in Guelph until my retirement in May 2017..... always a smile and positive energy, truly a real sole in this earth!!!
Comment | Posted at 03:31pm via Condolence

Charlotte Bilodeau

Dear Ryan, My heart breaks for you, your Dad & your 2 sons! Your Mom was a special lady & will forever be missed!
My sincerest condolences, Charlotte (Charley) Bilodeau
Comment | Posted at 04:19pm via Condolence

Laura Tarini

Dear Mike, Ryan & sons
We were so saddened to hear of Karen’s sudden passing. We remember moving into the neighbourhood in North Bay and
how welcoming you all were. Karen & I would sit on your deck and always have a few laughs. She had a wonderful smile.
After you moved I looked forward to her emails. I will miss this gentle lady. May her love shine through all of you.
Sincerest condolences,
Laura & Mike Tarini & family 🙏🏼
Comment | Posted at 12:53pm via Condolence

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