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McVICAR: Carole Anne (Gray) RN. of London, formerly of Grand Bend and Chatham

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On July 11, 2019 @ 3:28 PM In Lucan,Obituary | 47 Comments

McVICAR: Carole Anne (Gray) RN. of London, formerly of Grand Bend and Chatham

Peacefully at LHSC – University Hospital, London on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 of London, formerly of Grand Bend and Chatham, at the age of 79. Beloved wife of James (Jim) McVicar. Loving mother of Scott McVicar and Darcy McVicar, both of London. Proud and dearly loved grandmother of Emma, and Ethan. Predeceased by a sister Barbara McEwen. Carole graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1961 and started a rewarding 35 year nursing career caring for others. Carole worked on 3 Centre Surgical Floor as Head Nurse for several years. The next path in her long and rewarding nursing career was in the palliative care unit at Chatham Public General Hospital. During this time Carole was trained in New York State as an Enterstomal Therapist (ET) to provide care and support to local colostomy patients. She was involved in the first satellite chemotherapy program with the London Regional Cancer Centre.
Having journeyed the stages of Alzheimers Disease with strength, grace, humour and some dancing, the family wishes to thank the staff on the 4 th and 10 th floors at LHSC – University Hospital for their medical professionalism and compassion which would have made Carole proud of a career she loved.

Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street LUCAN, on Saturday, July 20th from 9:30 – 10:30, where a celebration of life will be held at 11 AM. Cremation has taken place.  

Donations to McCormick Home- Dementia Services/Day Program, or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by the family.

Condolences for the family of “McVICAR: Carole Anne (Gray) RN. of London, formerly of Grand Bend and Chatham”

Condolence from Carole Macdonald on July 11th, 2019 4:05 PM

Such an amazing woman was this Carole Anne ( Gray) McVicar.

Brilliant ,loving, caring ,humorous ,quick witted, entertaining , loved and admired by her nursing classmates.

Sail on .


Carole macDonald

Condolence from Robert Putherbough on July 11th, 2019 4:11 PM

Jim, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Liz and Bob

Condolence from Bill Putherbough on July 11th, 2019 4:39 PM

Jim our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Carole will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Bill, Jean Gilmore, Debbie & Jeff

Condolence from Drew&Ailsa Gallacher on July 11th, 2019 5:27 PM

Drew&Ailsa Gallacher,

Carole was such a wonderful person, so full of fun, mischief, entertainer and great neighbor.
Drew and Ailsa.

Condolence from Larry & Lois Wood on July 11th, 2019 8:40 PM

Dear Jim & family – we are saddened to hear of Carole’s passing. We have many fond memories of both of you when you lived in Chatham. Blessings for strength and peace. Sending you a hug.
Larry & Lois Wood

Condolence from Dale McEwen on July 11th, 2019 8:46 PM

My Aunt Carole was such a wonderful person. The angles will take care of her .

Condolence from John & Sandra Dixon on July 11th, 2019 10:46 PM

Jim & Family,
Our sincere condolences on Carole’s passing. Such a classy lady, friendly, caring, smart and with a great sense of humour. She was a leader in our days at South C.I. in London. She’ll be missed by so many.
John & Sandy Dixon

Condolence from Bonnie Spencer-Beer on July 11th, 2019 11:27 PM

Jim, so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful wife who you spoke of with love and caring. Lost touch after we retired from the part time work force . Prayers for you and your family as you deal with this loss with heavy hearts.

Condolence from Bob Millie on July 12th, 2019 11:20 AM

Coz Carole is a person to remember and smile. As a child, I remember her books and papers spread all over the Ping pong table in Vivian & Earl’s basement, while studying for her nursing exams. There is a photo of Carole as a young woman on the beach at Grande Bend still studying while at play. Hard work, intensity and focus, Carole always made you smile with her vitality. I never saw her without a smile. To Jim & Family, we were all blessed, and thank you

Condolence from Joanne Andrews and Paul McPherson on July 12th, 2019 12:23 PM

Dear Jim and family, The memories of my friendship with Carole will always be in my heart. I will miss her every day but with a smile for all that she shared to enrich the lives of family and friends. Carole was an incredible woman and a life guide to everyone who knew her. Peace and always with love. Joanne

Condolence from Doreen on July 12th, 2019 1:11 PM

Just to say for everyone who knew Carol, to know her was to love her. We are the lucky ones to have known her and to have had her in our lives. Her passing will leave an empty spot in our hearts. Love to you and all your family Jim. Jim and Doreen

Condolence from Sheila Harris on July 12th, 2019 1:46 PM

Dear Jim and Family
Sincere condolences on your very heavy loss. May the caring thoughts and prayers from all your friends and family help sustain you through these difficult days.

Sheila Griffith Harris

Condolence from Barbara Bain on July 12th, 2019 2:09 PM

Dear Jim
It is so long ago I knew you from your teaching days with my husband Glen Bain. I am so sorry for your loss.

Barbara Bain

Condolence from Carole and Paul Shwetz on July 12th, 2019 2:09 PM

Our deepest sympathies Jim and family. We enjoyed having such nice neighbours for so many years in the Bend. Carole was a lovely person; we have great memories of the avid gardener, swimmer and caregiver to the grandkids that she was.

Condolence from Andre Belisle on July 12th, 2019 4:13 PM

My thoughts, and prayers are with you.
I will always remember all the wonderful get togethers we all had with a warm heart, and a smile.

Condolence from Bob and Cathy Telfer on July 12th, 2019 6:20 PM

Jim, Scott and Darcy – we are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed your company during the Chatham Chapter of your lives. We are thinking of you.

Condolence from Jen Haskett on July 12th, 2019 7:33 PM

Dear Jim, Scott and Darcy,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Carole had such a great sense of humour, but was also always very thoughtful and compassionate. Even when I was a kid, I remember how I enjoyed her company, and how she showed genuine interest in whatever I had going on in my life at the time. Thinking of you all at this sad time.

Condolence from Rhod McCormick on July 12th, 2019 8:18 PM

Jim, our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Carol, your loving wife & soul-mate. Both , Pam & I are privileged to have known such a wonderful lady & friend. Take some solace that you will meet again. Take comfort also, in the continued love & support of both your family & friends.


Pam & Rhod McCormick

Condolence from Cathy Mahy on July 12th, 2019 8:21 PM

Such a wonderful person! It was such a pleasure getting to know Carole and Jim!
I remember introducing her to newcomers!! She sincerely thanked me! Wishingv her god speed to her next destination!
RIP Carole
Such a lovely person
Cathy Mahy

Condolence from Tom and Susan England on July 12th, 2019 10:41 PM

Dear Jim and Family,
We were so sad to hear that you have lost Carole. How lucky we were to know her. Bright, fun, witty, compassionate and dedicated to her family and work life. We were talking today about the years with the McVicars at Windy Hill and they certainly among the best times ever. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Tom and Susan England

Condolence from Barbara Jack on July 13th, 2019 7:51 AM

Jim and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Carole’s death. I have never forgotten the kindness and support you both showed me many years ago. Carole’s calming presence, medical knowledge, and child care helped ease a difficult time of my own.
With grateful memories,
Barbara (Dyck) Jack

Condolence from Penny McGregor on July 13th, 2019 8:42 AM

Dear Jim,
Sad news to hear about your beloved Carole. After knowing both of you at South Collegiate in London, I was happy to renew your friendship when you moved here to Chatham. Carole was an inspiring leader and friend, someone we all liked to be around.
Mike and I send our love to you and your family. Her strong character and love of fun will be remembered by all who knew her.
Penny (Dagley) McGregor

Condolence from Doug Procter on July 13th, 2019 9:35 AM

So sorrry to learn of Carole’s passing. We very much enjoyed having you and Carole as neighbours in Grand Bend. Carole’s sence of humour and kindness sort of set the tone for a great neighbourhood. Our deepest sympathy.
Doug and Debbie

Condolence from Betty Oldershaw on July 13th, 2019 10:50 AM

My condolences to you and your family. Carol was my first Head Nurse at PGH in Chatham – she taught me well. Wonderful compassionate woman – keep your memories close.

Condolence from Bonnie Kriz on July 13th, 2019 12:11 PM

I knew Carole through the LNAC Bookclub. I loved how she drew little maps of the book characters and how they related to each other. A classy and kind lady! Rest in peace dear Carole.

Condolence from Lynda van Leeuwen on July 13th, 2019 12:21 PM

Dear Jim, Scott & Darcy, so sorry to hear of Carole’s passing. I have very fond recollections of our friendship when you were in Chatham and Scott & Darcy were at Given. Take comfort from the wonderful wife & mother who graced your lives.
Lynda van Leeuwen, Chatham ON

Condolence from Daina Brown on July 13th, 2019 12:49 PM

To the McVicar Family: Jim was my Grade 6 teacher in the early 1960’s at Riverside Public School. At Christmas time he organized a hay ride for the class and brought his lovely new fiancée Carole with him. She was so nice and so pretty. To a romantic 11 year old girl they seemed like the perfect couple. By all accounts in the messages above, my young impression turned out to be correct.
Sincere condolences to the family and especially to my teacher, Mr. McVicar.

Daina (Stengels) Brown

Condolence from Shirley Cobban on July 13th, 2019 2:54 PM

Jim: My sincere condolences to you in your loss of Carole, She was a beautiful lady and it is sad that she and you dealt with dementia but I know you would draw strength from family and friends. The staff at Riverside was special and I cherish all those memories. Blessings. Shirley (MacCallum) Cobban

Condolence from Virginia Polowick on July 13th, 2019 6:14 PM

Dear Jim, Scott and Darcy, I was shocked to view Carol ‘s obituary. May your fond memories of a lifetime well lived give you strength as you travel this new path. She was a wonderful lady always greeting you with a smile! Hugs and blessings sent to all of you!

Condolence from Richard (Rick) Koiter on July 13th, 2019 7:54 PM

Dear Mr. McVicar and Family,
My sincere condolences at this time. Even though I never met Mrs. McVicar, I attended McKeough Public School where you were the principle. Amazing memories. You truly looked after your students well. May the Lord Bless You, and Keep You Safe.

Warmest Regards,

Richard (Rick) Koiter

Condolence from Sherri Melvin on July 13th, 2019 9:28 PM

So sorry for your loss. Carole was my head nurse when I worked on 3 Centre and was my mentor when I worked with Palliative Care Patients.
She was so knowledgable and passionate about her work. I am better for having known her!

Condolence from Don and Joanne Hill on July 14th, 2019 7:44 AM

Jim and family. So sorry to hear about Carole.Her contributions to the medical field helped many patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Carol Heuvelmans on July 14th, 2019 8:29 AM

She was so knowledgeable and so passionate in her nursing career. Had the privilege of working with her in Chatham. Condolence to the family❤️

Condolence from Cathy Mahy on July 14th, 2019 10:43 AM

She was a wonderful and caring person. I am so sorry to hear of her loss. My deepest sympathies to Jim and family.
Cathy Mahy

Condolence from Gord and Liz Kirk on July 14th, 2019 5:31 PM

Jim, Scott and Darcy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Dorothy O’Brien on July 14th, 2019 9:40 PM

Dear Jim,
Dave and I are saddened and so sorry that Carole has passed away.
As a youngster, when my family came to London for visits, Carole would always take me along with her and her best friend Judy, to go downtown and see a movie. She quickly became my favourite cousin! Carole was always quick-witted , fun to be with, and funny. As teenagers, we also had many great times at Windy Hill together, and always had a special connection. Carole had, and will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace, my sweet cousin.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you and your family, at this sad time.
With love and hugs,
Dorothy and Dave

Condolence from Murray Manson on July 15th, 2019 8:40 AM

Deepest sympathy to you and family

Condolence from Art and LaVerne Morris on July 15th, 2019 4:12 PM

Jim, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Carole will be missed by all who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Art and LaVerne Morris

Condolence from Mary O’Rourke on July 16th, 2019 12:55 PM

Dear Jim, Scott and Darcy
Carole was such a beautiful person inside and out. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to know her in Chatham on 3 center and during her time as ET there. She was so caring and compassionate that this world was a better place with her in it. She has always had a special place in my heart helping me through a difficult time in my life. Her memory will live on in my heart. My prayers are with you all.
Mary O’Rourke

Condolence from Laurie Smith on July 16th, 2019 1:56 PM

Dear Jim and family,

We send our condolences for your loss. Although Art and I didn’t know Carole personally we always felt we did through my mother Mary Case who volunteered in Palliative Care with Carole for many years. She was always pleased to work with such a caring professional.

You have our sympathy,
Laurie and Art Smith and Mary Case

Condolence from Brenda Roberts & Bryan Bonthron on July 16th, 2019 4:35 PM

Dear Jim, Scott, Darcy and family
We have very fond “Windy Hill” memories of Carole and your family and send our sympathy for your loss.
Sincerely Bryan and Brenda

Condolence from Gini Martin on July 16th, 2019 6:55 PM

Dear Jim and Family– my sincere sympathy to you all in the passing of Carole. I have many fond memories of times spent with you both.

Condolence from Diane Harrison on July 16th, 2019 9:03 PM

My deepest condolence to you Jim and family for the loss of your wife. May she rest in peace.

Condolence from Bevan Bonthron on July 18th, 2019 5:38 AM

Jim,Scott and Darcy

Msy the many wonderful memories you have of Carol as a wife and mother help to bring you peace as you greive her loss.

Bevan & Bonnie

Condolence from Jessica McCormick on July 19th, 2019 12:45 AM

Dear Jim, Scott & Darcy, Sorry to hear of the passing of Carole. She will be missed by everyone that knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Margaret and George Goodlet on July 19th, 2019 2:20 PM

Jim and family

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We will be thinking of you.

Margaret and George Goodlet

Condolence from Gail Gray Benn on July 20th, 2019 8:46 AM

I am saddened to hear of Carole’s passing. I always remember her as being beautiful inside and out. Her passion from a young age was nursing. She always had that unforgettable smile. So much poise, positivity. Carole will be missed but remembered by everyone who knew her and those who knew her by her name.

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