HANLEY, Virginia Caroline (née Whiteley) - September 3, 1938 - May 26, 2018 - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Hanley in her 80th year, after a brief but valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
Virginia Caroline Hanley was born in Fort William (Thunder Bay) Ontario, the eldest daughter of Thompson and Virginia (née Gundy) Whiteley. Carol honed her love of learning and sense of adventure and hijinks at Wapomeo Summer Camp, and as a boarder at Branksome Hall and Neuchatel Junior College in Switzerland.
After training as an RN, Carol married her first love, Jim Hanley, in 1959. Together they raised three children, moving from Thunder Bay to Toronto in the mid 1960’s. Carol channelled her considerable creative energies into becoming a homemaker, consummate entertainer and master baker, and spearheaded many family travels and adventures along the way.
After she and Jim divorced, she embarked upon a bold new chapter with grit and purpose, first as an award-winning media sales executive and then going on to fulfill her dream of becoming a successful television producer. She was most proud to be creator of the popular TV series, The Time of Your Life, hosted by veteran broadcaster, Jan Tennant, which aired on Global Television, W Network, Vision TV and around the world.
Carol approached her retirement with the same unstinting vigour as she did her family and career. She moved from Toronto to the Cobourg area, where she volunteered widely, receiving the Cobourg Civic Award for Community Service in 2006.
On a trip around Cape Horn, Carol met her second love and future husband, Harry Taylor. They spent 10 fabulous years together travelling the world, gardening, swimming and enjoying the company of their families and large circle of friends in their homes in Mexico and Cobourg.
Carol is predeceased by her husband, Harry Taylor, her sister Anne (Glenn) Burns and, tragically, her 18 year-old grandson Lucas Martin.
Carol leaves her loving family, Jim Hanley, sister Joyce Wiltse, brothers, Gordon (Julie) and John (Jan) Whitely, her children Kate (Peter), Tom and Susan (Craig) Hanley and beloved grandchildren, Jackson Martin and Ellery Aziz.
She will be sadly missed by her loving cousins, nieces, nephews and their families, as well as her many cherished friends in Canada, Mexico and abroad.
Carol created a life overflowing with adventure and joy. Her shining spirit and sense of humour could light up the room, even in her final days. We believe that her bold and relentless spirit will live on forever.
Special thanks to Michelle Tongnawa and the PSW team at Mavencare for their compassionate care and guidance during Carol's final weeks.
In lieu of flowers, Carol has requested contributions in remembrance of her grandson, Lucas Martin, to the Sarcoma Medical Oncology Research Fund, thepmcf.ca.