KnapperC3Carol died peacefully of a stroke at the Northumberland Hills Hospital on Saturday, December 28th, with her husband of 53 years, Harry, holding her hand.  She was in her 81st year.  Carol will be deeply missed and was lovingly adored by her children Keith (Michele) of Cobourg, Elizabeth (Steve) of Port Perry and Andrew (Rachel) of Glasgow, Scotland.  Carol was a devoted grandmother and took great interest in following the growing up progress of Peter, Christopher, Alexander, Emma, Margaret, Joseph and Noah.  Carol was the sister of Suzanne Whyte (Harry) of Sarnia and is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  She also maintained her Scottish roots by attending Ross Clan reunions.

Carol graduated from Western University (London) with an honors degree in geography, taught for a number of years at the primary and secondary school levels and retired as head of geography at East York Collegiate (Toronto).  Her interests in the world’s geographic and social features drew her to worldwide travel, enjoying her academic research for each country visited.

Carol’s support for her community led her to be a canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation for over twenty years.  Her skill at piano encouraged her to play in the St. Peter’s hand bell choir for over ten years, entertaining residents of retirement and treatment homes.  She was also an enthusiastic supporter of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation.

Carol had a great zest for life and was noted in her C.F.U.W. hiking and walking groups as a great strider and always at the head of the pack.  She was a formidable cross country skier for over forty years, regularly achieving gold standard total yearly kilometers achieved.  She enjoyed lawn bowling at the local and provincial levels for over 40 years, and was a past president of the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club.  She also contributed time and effort to maintain the cross country ski trails in the Northumberland forest.

Visitation to be held at MacCoubrey Funeral Home, 30 King St. E. in Cobourg on Friday, January 17th from 7-9 pm.  Friends are invited to join the family at a memorial service and celebration of life to be held on Saturday, January 18th at 11 am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, King St. W., Cobourg.

Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in Carol’s honour can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.  Condolences received at

For more information about this obituary visit

Filed Under: Cobourg, Ontario