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Born: Nov 14, 1949

Date of Passing: Jan 22, 2020

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Carol died peacefully, in Toronto, on January 22, 2020, after a brief illness.
Memories of her tremendous sense of humour, fierce independence and limitless creativity will be cherished by her sons, Jason Epstein (and granddog Max) and Jonathan Beardsley and his partner Alanna Pierce, and the many friends her full life touched.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 14, 1949, Carol was the only child of Ruby Elsie Beardsley (nee Theodore) and Oswald Kent Beardsley. She grew up in her family's bakery on Notre Dame Avenue in the 1950s and 1960s, from which she inherited a lifelong talent with butter, sugar and flour. Carol worked for The Bay until the late 1980s when she went back to school to become a teacher. She worked in the Winnipeg School Division from then on - a job that eventually took her to China in the late 2000s. Upon her return, she worked out of Villa Rosa and MATC until her retirement in 2019. Carol's love for her city's arts community was evident through her longstanding volunteer work with MTC, the WSO, the Manitoba Opera and the Fringe Festival. Her zest for life was inspiring - it would be quicker to list the things she did not do, but numbered among her many hobbies were golf, bridge, cooking, sewing, travelling and a recently discovered love of Mahjong.
Thank you to the team at St. Michael's Hospital for the excellent care she received.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society to celebrate her love of animals (though she did not trust birds).

Ta, Carol!

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 01, 2020

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Carol and I go way back to Tec Voc High. The three Musketeers included Carol, Monica, and Kristin. What a tandem. I loved Carol because of her great sense of Humor, and strength of a kind humane being. She was a true friend to me. I was there for her Wedding; her move to Vancouver; coffee breaks at the Bay and her move back to Winnipeg. I miss our chats about everything and nothing. What a women! Whenever I had trip to Winnipeg we would have tea together catch up with stuff. She is my last true contact to the "Peg". I will miss her. Sail on my friend sail on. Daniel - Posted by: Daniel Yasinski (Friend) on: Jul 27, 2020

  • Our heartfelt condolences go to you and your family as well as Maximus. Your mom had such enormous personality and energy that she brought everywhere she went. Her outlook on life was admirable. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Genevieve, Andrew & Rampage - Posted by: Genevieve Michael (Colleague) on: Feb 12, 2020

  • Shocking, sad news. Carol was one of my greatest life teachers! I worked for her at The Bay Downtown in the special events dept. We went through some pretty crazy and wonderful events together. She always made me laugh. She always pushed me to be daring and original. She taught me how to use the F word with her finesse and style! I remember a great lady, a great mom, a stylish, talented, funny authentic woman who was humble and gracious. My sincerest condolences to Jonathan and Jason and your families. With love, Dona - Posted by: DONA WATTS-HUTCHINGS (Friend) on: Feb 10, 2020

  • Jason we are so very sorry about the sudden passing of your beloved mother. I know how very much she meant to you and Maxwell. I only met your Mom once but I found her to be so full of the joy of life and I know how much you will miss all the special things you did together. Death cannot steal your memories of your Mom. She will always be with you and watching over you! - Posted by: Lesley Finlay (Jason’s friend) on: Feb 02, 2020

  • Carol & I both grew up in the West End and attended the same schools, but we became fast friends when we both worked at The Bay in Winnipeg. I was in Advertising and she was in Mahogany Row! Carol was a dependable friend...she had a quick wit...and was always fashionable. At the time, we parked side by side behind the Art Gallery. She had the purple Gremlin, me the green Vega. We always had a laugh about that. We had hundreds of lunches and coffee breaks together. She was a great broad! She will be missed. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Audrey Allen (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2020

  • Jason, Shelaine and I are so very sorry to read of this tremendous loss in your life. Please accept our sincere condolances. So sorry you lost your Mother at such a young age. - Posted by: Claudia Beischer (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2020

  • Carol was the best neighbour on Queenston St. I always held her up for someone my daughter should emulate. RIP Carole. - Posted by: Marlene Stoesz (Previous neighboue) on: Feb 01, 2020

  • I can hardly imagine my upcoming summer at Victoria Beach without Carol’s big, bold presence. Our friendship began many years ago over almost-daily golf games, back when the cost at the VB course was seven bucks. From there we became fast friends who spent every summer discussing when we would eventually retire. Carol finally made the big decision only a year ago and was just getting started planning new travel adventures. We shared confidences about our lives over many a VB dinner and she brought energy, joy and enthusiasm to my summers. I will miss her dearly. Jason and Jonathan, I’m so sorry you had to lose your mom way too soon. - Posted by: Bonnie Irving (Friend in Vancouver) on: Feb 01, 2020

  • I met Carol about seven years ago when she started at Montcalm School and we quickly became friends. My daughter Miranda and I travelled to Cuba with her a few years ago. I grew to love her humour and spirit. Her friendship was a shining light and she will be deeply missed. My deepest condolences to Jason and Jonathan and family. She often spoke of you both and was very proud. - Posted by: Eva Lowe (Friend and colleague) on: Feb 01, 2020

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