Obituary for Karen Crich (2021) – London, ON

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KAREN A. CRICH died suddenly and unexpectedly in Toronto on May 17, 2021 at the age of 52. Her husband Greg, children Sarah and Jeffrey, her brother Jamie Crich and his wife Heidi Bayley and niece Ellowyn will remember her fondly. Previously died of her parents Marion and Donald Crich and their beloved older brother Paul. She will be missed dearly by Greg’s mum and dad, Tom and Dianne Betty, and his sister Jennifer Betty. Karen lived a full and vibrant life. Always energetic, dedicated and charming, she made everyone she met feel like they were the center of her attention. Karen’s friendliness and generosity could only be surpassed by her modesty, reserved elegance and intellect. Her beloved children were the center of her life, her greatest pride and greatest fulfillment. She cherished her time in the cabin and on the mountain with her family, her time with friends, and each of her professional relationships. Karen was a beautiful force and will continue to be an inspiration to many. Her achievements in her too short 52 years were diverse. She was a scholarship holder, one of the five leading long-distance runners in the country, a university athlete at Western, an HBA and a CA. She was a very successful businesswoman and, along with her best friend and brother, Jamie, helped run her family’s real estate and construction businesses. Karen was a firm believer in giving back and supported a wide variety of philanthropic causes. She met Greg at Western. Together for 30 years and married for 22 years, they have overcome many priorities and challenges over the years, had tons of laughs, good times and trips with great friends, but made family the focus of their lives. Always ready for more family and love, she orchestrated the adoption of a mutt named Molly last summer to help Greg deal with her looming empty nest. She didn’t know how important that would be. The loss of their North Star weighs heavily on Greg, Sarah, Jeff and Molly, but they will find a way. Karen wouldn’t have it otherwise. A private service will be held at Harris Funeral Home next week, followed by a funeral in St. John’s Cemetery in Arva. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. Instead of flowers, a memorial in Karen’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation (www.HeartandStroke.ca) or the London Health Sciences Foundation for Heart Care (www.LHSF.ca) would be welcome. www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca

Published in The Globe and Mail May 22-26, 2021.