Carol Ann Emery


EMERY, Carol Ann. It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Carol Ann Emery (nee Barnier) on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 59 Years of age at The Windsor Hospice. Adored mother of Stephanie (Colley) and James Gosselin, and Diana Colley (Franco Mazzalonga). Cherished “Duda” of Chayce, Logan and Harper Gosselin.  Loving daughter of Francis and Louella (Demars) Barnier, proud sister of Francis and Mary Ann and Alan and Lisa Barnier. Aunt KiKi to Brendan, Dustin and Kyle Barnier. BFF, SW and GF of Anne Marie and Gerard Gagnier. Carol celebrated 32 years with Community Futures Development Corporation of Chatham-Kent in April of 2018. As Executive Director, mom was passionate about helping others achieve their dreams. She developed strong relationships with her clients and colleagues in Chatham-Kent and will be deeply missed. Mom’s strength and spirit will live on forever. Her smile will never be forgotten. A special thank you to our angels here on earth – Rita, Stacey and Sue. Thank you to the Hospice of Windsor each of you touched mom’s heart and helped her in her final journey. All are welcome to attend a visitation on Thursday July 12, 2018 from 10-11:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 11:30 am at St Agnes Parish (52 Croydon St, Chatham). Memorial contributions may be directed to The Hospice of Windsor in Carol’s memory. Online condolences are welcome at

42 Comments on “Carol Ann Emery”

  1. Fran & Louella we send along our deepest sympathy to you and your family of the loss of your beautiful daughter. Our prayers will continue that your heart will be filled with wonderful memories of your time with her and will continue throughout your time of grief.

  2. Very sorry to hear of Carols passing.Shirley and I considered Carol a truly good friend.She was also a really inspirational mentor to all of us at Community Futures.She will be sorely missed.

    1. Dear Diana and Stephanie,
      Your mom made an enormous contribution to CK. She will be remembered as a lady who cared about her community and was always ready to help others. You could not ask for a better friend. My thoughts are with you and your family.
      Don Shropshire

  3. Diana, Stephanie and the entire Barnier family, our sincere condolences on the passing of Your mom/sister/daughter. May your fond memories of the good times you shared be your comfort now and in the days to come. Hugs to you all❤️

  4. I am so sorry to hear of Carol’s passing. I was fortunate to meet Carol and work in her office for 10 weeks on a job placement. She was just a lovely lady. My condolences to her family and friends. She will be missed and always remembered.

  5. Diana , Stephanie and Family,
    I consider myself blessed having worked with Carol, in many different roles, for 25+ years. She fought for the “little guy” making sure new entrepreneurs throughout Chatham-Kent were provided the respect and service they deserve. Her legacy will go on forever.
    On a personal note, I knew your Mother as a person that “Loved Life” and she always spoke about how Proud she was of her girls and family.
    I will fondly remember our conversations, and will always be grateful for the opportunity to be her friend.
    With Love,
    Stuart McFadden

  6. So sorry to hear the news. Carols impact to the community of CK runs wide and deep. She was a warrior and a lady. Carol taught me a lot. She will be missed. She leaves behind big high heels to fill.
    Doug Robbins

  7. Steph & Di – I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom passing. Wow. I remember her spirit and the love she has for you guys. How she wanted to be close with you always, which I imagine her spirit will continue to do. I’m grateful to have met her and wish you lots of love during this time

  8. Diana, Stephanie & Family,
    My deepest condolences go out to You & Your Family for the loss of your wonderful Mother. Carole was an absolute pleasure to know. I was honored to serve with her on a Board that affected the lives of many Women & Children. She will hold a special place in my heart for the wonderful contribution she made to the Chatham-Kent community, and will always be remembered for her wonderful smile and charisma. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. So sorry for your families loss . I know my mom in law will miss her bff. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Steph, Di…your Mom had such a tremendous impact on my life. First when we were kids and your Mom was always the “fun” Mom. Second, in my adult years, when I got to know the tremendous leader she was, a strong woman and a mentor. Your Mom helped me throughout my professional journey here in Chatham-Kent and I will be forever grateful for the advice and support she always provided me. Sending my sincerest condolences…

    Kate do Forno

  11. Dear Diana & Stephanie & Family
    It saddens my heart to here of the passing of your Mom. We have many fond memories of her and you girls growing up. When i ran in to your mom here and there i always got Big hugs. She will be missed dearly.

  12. Stephanie and Diana
    It is with deepest sympathy that our family are sending to you and your family condolences on the loss of your mom. We know you will always hold her close to your heart. Refect on the great memories you shared over the years growing up. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    Love Patricia Boyce and family

  13. Dear Diana and Stephanie.
    I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s illness and her passing.
    I know you two were with Mom the entire journey and did all you possibly could to keep her as comfortable as ever could be. I know she was so very appreciative for all you both did for her. Remember all the awesome times the three of you had and hold all the amazing memories close to your heart.
    Have peace in your hearts and remember always your Mom loves you so very much.
    Love Dad
    Mark Colley

  14. Dear Diana and Stephanie I am so very sorry to hear of the illness and passing of your Mom. Please know Mom truely appreciated everything you did for her during her journey and that you made her every day as comfortable as could be.
    Hold all the great and amazing memories close to your heart.
    One thing I am sure of is that Mom loved you both so very much.
    Love Your Dad
    Mark Colley

  15. We are so terribly sorry for your loss. Carol was such a wonderful lady inside and out. She will be greatly missed.

  16. We are so very sorry for your loss. Carol was a friend and mentor. She always had a kind and thoughtful word to say and encouraged me to be my best self. She will forever be remembered for her spirit and spunk.

  17. To the Emery and Barnier Family

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Carol Ann. I remember all the good times we had when we lived next door on McKinnon. Our bedrooms widows faced each other and when our parents thought we were sleeping we use to talk for hours. When we were in grade two I think, we bought matching outfits and always wanted to wear them. I was heart broken when the family moved off of McKinnon. My best friend was moving. I lost contact after that but over the last couple years have had the chance to see Carol Ann. May you all try and find comfort in all the good memories you share.

    My deepest sympathy

    Terri Warren (Crouch)

  18. We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was Such a Wonderful and Fun woman, she will be missed by many.

  19. To Carol’s family,

    I had the pleasure of knowing Carol through the Blenheim BIA . She was always a wealth of information for us. We shared many laughs together then and will miss her. Condolences to your family .

  20. Diana and Stephanie,
    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. During her time in Hospice, her strength & courage were only outshone by her love for you both. It was a privilege to be a part of her journey and Diana, I will cherish our conversations and miss your smile. Keeping you both in my thoughts.

  21. Diana and Stephanie & Harper;

    I am the Community Futures neighbour on Thames Street and visited your mom and the group so many times. I kept watch over everyone, so to speak. Your mom always welcomed me and invited me to have lunch in the boardroom with the gang. We had many strategy talks. I made your mom two very special custom office desk fixtures, which I hope you will keep always as a remembrance. I did something special for the three of you and will give each of you my added gift on July 12

  22. When Bruce and I were starting the Voice, we came to know Carol as a trusted advisor who believed in us. Over time she became a good friend and someone we could share a laugh, a drink and a story with. Her last gift to me was at the Hospice when she had Diana bring out the NTFA sweater Pat and I gave her years ago. Rest in Peace, enjoy a Crown with Tanya and keep a place at the table for the rest of us. Love ya, kiddo.

  23. I am so sorry for your loss, your mother was a very well loved person, she will be sadly missed

  24. It was with the deepest sadness that I learned of Carol’s passing today. She and I shared some wonderful times and laughs in my twenty years working for the CFDCs in Lambton and Middlesex. Your mother was a dear soul, a tireless worker and a great friend. She always spoke of her family lovingly, took fond interest in mine, and we bonded over many stories of trials, triumphs, and tribulations over the years. Rest peacefully Carol. You will be greatly missed.

  25. We extend our sincerest condolences to your family. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.

  26. So sorry to read of Carol’s passing. I met Carol in 1993 when 3 CFDC managers rented a van to drive north to a conference. We shared many stories and learned about each other on the trip. Over the years we enjoyed an opportunity to “chill” on many occasions. I will always remember a twinkle in Carols her eye when she talked of her family, she was so proud.

    Carol, may your spirit travel safely and live on forever. xo

  27. Steph,.Dianna and families. I was heartbroken to hear of Carols illness and passing.
    I had worked closely with her over many years. Wechatted a year and a bit ago. She always spoke of her girls and grandchildren with love and pride. She was devoted to her work and the community.
    She always had time to ask about my family. She was a needed friend during a difficult time in my life. I will always think of her with deep respect and friendship.

    I know she Will be missed.She lives on in her daughter’s whom she loved with all her heart.
    Godspeed Carol.

  28. Condolences on your loss, Stephanie and Diana. She was a strong woman with a big smile and big personality who dearly loved her family. She will be missed in our community.

  29. Our deepest sympathy to Carol’s family and her community. She was well respected in the Community Futures world and will be deeply missed.

    Staff and Board of Elgin Business Resource Centre

  30. Dear Frank and family,
    Our deepest condolences to your entire family at the passing of your dear sister. We hope your wonderful memories will help you through this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Lorrie and August Hoekstra

  31. I was very sorry to hear about Carol’s passing. She was a good friend and we worked on a number of projects together in the Blenheim area. Rest in peace, Carol. You will be missed.

  32. This is the first I am hearing of this amazing woman’s passing!
    When I met Carol for my start up business loan, no one motivated more than she did!
    She kept my dream alive. I will never forget the wisdom she bestowed on me.

    My deepest condolences to her family.

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