Remembering Karen Ann McColl

The industry is remembering Karen Ann McColl, who passed away peacefully with her sister by her side at Hospice Peterborough on Wed., Nov. 1, 2023, at the age of 57.

Karen was born in Fort William, Scotland and grew up in Oshawa, Ontario. She graduated from the Travel and Tourism program at Fleming College in Peterborough and soon put her education to good use.

After a few years working in a hotel in Victoria, BC, Karen was offered an opportunity to embark on a career with Princess Cruises. She started as a junior assistant purser but quickly moved up the ranks to Customer Services Director.

She loved her job and was able to travel the world and become friends with many people from many different countries.

Home soon called though.

Missing her family and wanting to spend time with them brought her back shoreside, where she worked as a Business Development Manager for Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruise Line.

Unfortunately, the pandemic forced her to make an abrupt departure from the travel industry and she accepted a position as a Sales and Marketing Manager in retirement sales. She loved this position and enjoyed connecting with her coworkers, and the residents, and their families.

Karen is predeceased by her mother, Patricia. She is loved and will never be forgotten by her father and stepmother, Keith and Kathy, her brother Keith David and wonderful niece, Meadow.

She will be missed forever by her sister Maria and brother-in-law Jeff. She was “second mom” to her nephews Tyler (Julia) and Griffin. She loved them fiercely and they loved her the same in return.

Karen leaves behind many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends as well as her kitty cat, Albert.

She was a lover of good music, good food and a good cup of tea.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sun., Nov. 12, at Celebrations, 35 Lindsay Street North, from 1:00pm until 4:00pm with words of remembrance at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to Hospice Peterborough, or the Peterborough Humane Society would be appreciated. ( )

Many thanks to Dr. Mallory of Hospice Peterborough, and all of the wonderful staff there, as well as the many amazing health care people we encountered on this short journey. Your kindness will not be forgotten.

From all of us here at Baxter Media, we’d like to extend our deepest sympathies to Karen’s family and friends … she will truly be missed …