Carolyn Gail (Stasiuk) Lampshire

With her loved ones by her side, Carolyn Gail Lampshire died on September 12, 2023.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years David, children Rikki (Jay) and Layne, siblings Robert (Tracy) Stasiuk and Rodney (Bernie) Stasiuk, Mother Victoria Stasiuk, Nieces and Nephews Megan (John), Lindy (Jordan), Laura (Chad), Kirstin, Taylor, Dylan (Kate), Micheal, Shauna, Halle, Andrew Stasiuk, father, passed shortly after. 

Carol was born on April 25, 1964 in Winnipeg Manitoba.  She moved to Kenora in 1969.  Through her childhood Carol spent endless hours outdoors, at Anicinabe beach with her friends and two older brothers. Carol looked forward to lunches at A&W, a restaurant which their parents built in Kenora.  In school, Carol seemed to have the title of entertainer, and was known by her peers to be rebellious, funny, kind and a person to tell it like it is. Traits that followed her through her entire life.

Carol met David, her husband of 33 years in high school.  Through their youth they spent summers on the lake catching fish and their winters on hockey trips sharing laughs with friends.  Most know their relationship to be one of endless banter, seeing who could one-up the other.

Carol moved to Dryden where her and Dave welcomed their first daughter Rikki (Jay), later moving to Kenora where she had her second daughter Layne.  Carol was very proud of her daughters and everything she did was to better their lives.

Though Carol’s report cards demonstrated some room for improvement in the effort category, she was one of the hardest working people in the community.  Carol worked endless hours at the Chicken Chef, a business she ran with her husband.  She thrived on banter with customers, and you could tell true friendships had formed over time.  Carol eventually “retired”, with Dave, only to pick up her new passion of perogie making.  Carol always enjoyed when her favourites came to pick up perogies.  She would often be found talking at the door for 30 minutes, providing some no bullshit advice, or out in the garage sharing freezies and jokes with the neighbourhood kids.  Carol raised money for various charities by rolling and pinching dough.

In Carols off time, she enjoyed gardening, growing too many tomatoes and beans.  She was a lover of the lake, fishing, sunning on the beach and catching a nice tan.  Carol loved to go for endless walks with her best friend Chloe, they often encountered wolves and bears, to which neither of them were ever scared.  Carol loved Christmas time, and many know her by her “annoying” facebook countdowns, often starting the day after Christmas.  She also loved Halloween, always dressing up at work with ridiculous costumes, and decorating her house to scare the neighborhood kids.

At the end of Carol’s life, she was diagnosed with Cancer.  However, Carol continued to show her true colours; doing things her own way until the end, all while making sure her family was taken care of.  Her father, Andrew, passed two days after her.  There is comfort knowing they were not alone when they left this world. 

Carol’s message to everyone was that it is crucial to advocate for your own health.  For women, there is a simple test, an ultrasound, if you are experiencing any symptoms of gynecological pain.  Be sure to fight for your health.  

A thanks to all the staff who attended to Carol’s care in the last days of her life, your work is beyond appreciated and will be forever remembered by her family.  A special thanks to the chemotherapy department (Lake of the Woods District Hospital), to Charlene Melillo (Palliative Care Nurse of Lake of the Woods District Hospital) for her extraordinary support to both Carol and family, to Dr. Drake who went above and beyond to support Carol to get her wishes, and to Cory Jinkerson (Brown’s funeral home). 

In honour of Carol, donations to the Chemotherapy Department at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital, 21 Sylvan St, Kenora, ON P9N 3W7, would be greatly appreciated. 

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Lampshire family.