Carrie passed away on July 10, 2019 at Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario in her 95th year.
Carrie was born August 9, 1924 in Kingsport, Kings County, Nova Scotia. Her growing years were spent in the Yarmouth area of Nova Scotia. She started her working career in the Kingsport area as a housekeeper for various families in that area. She was mentored by the Carty family and at the ripe age of 15 she fell in love with their oldest son, John ‘Jack’ Thomas Carty. Carrie joined the CWACs during WW II while Jack was in the Navy. She had varied experiences in the military. She was a plotter in the strategic section, a nurse’s aid, and a Sergeant in the military police. During this time period she was instrumental in catching a spy. She also made a world record in high jump for women but unfortunately it was never recorded or recognized. Carrie escorted other women in the CWACs to their new bases of employment when they had finished their basic training. Carrie and Jack were married at her family home on February 12, 1945. Both left the military and went back to Nova Scotia where they started living their lives together just down the road from Jack’s parents. Carrie became a military wife when Jack joined the Air Force and they moved around Canada over their twenty year service. Carrie found employment as a cashier in the Kaserne while posted in Fort Churchill and later in retirement at a hardware store as a clerk in Canning NS. Carrie was awarded a lifetime membership, Diamond Jubilee medal for all the hard work she did in the executive in various areas of the Canadian Legion. The job she really enjoyed was that of being an ‘Avon Lady’. She won a trip to Hawaii and another to Bermuda for being the highest grossing salesperson in her area. Carrie also travelled to Lahr West Germany for a three week visit with her daughter Patricia.
Carrie was widowed in 1995 and lived in Kingsport, NS for eight years thereafter. In 2003 Carrie, at the age of 79, packed up her clothes, sold the house and moved up to Meaford, ON to live with her daughter where she was closer to her son and grandchildren.
Carrie leaves behind her son David Carty (Wendy Reynolds-Carty and her daughter Patricia Kennedy (Fred Kennedy), her grandchildren; James Carty (Denise Carty), Jonathan Carty (Bridget Carty), Krista Leach (Derek Leach), Sean Kennedy (Margie Santos), Shannon Kennedy (Juan Borhorquez), Angela Bulmer, Paula Young (Rob Young), and Tony Hustoft (Jenn Kennedy); and her numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers Clarence Burrell, William Burrell, Stanley Burrell, and Douglas Burrell; sister Margaret Gammon; stepbrother Dean and stepsister Vivian.
Family will receive friends at the Ferguson Funeral Home in Meaford on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 2 until 4 p.m. As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted. www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca
Visitation: Ferguson Funeral Home 2 - 4 p.m.
Private family disposition of Carrie's cremated remains