Carol Elizabeth Arnup
April 9,1946 -- July 4,1997
Carol was the second child of John and Dora Arnup. She
had 3 sisters: Judy, Kathy, and Jane.
Carol was an exceptional teacher. She worked in special education most
of the 26 years in which she taught. She had a great impact on many of her students. A
memorial was held at her school, John Wanless, Dec 10,1997. Her coworkers also admired her
organizational abilities. She could draw up recess duty list and prep time lists and
somehow please everyone.
Carol was a talented musician and played piano by ear. She organized
choirs every year at her school and also musical performances. Every child who wanted to
be involved always had a spot. These musicals always turned out very well. She imparted
her love of music to many people. A music award in her memory has been established at John
Carol had tremendous inner strength. She was originally diagnosed with
malignant melanoma in 1975. Following surgery, she became part of a research programme at
Sunnybrook hospital. After 6 years cancer free, Carol married Paul Andrews. Although they
had no children, they both enjoyed travelling and shared a love of teaching. Carol was
rediagnosed with melanoma in 1985. This time there was radical surgery to remove tumors
from the left side of her neck. We were told that it would be a miracle if she lived to be
40. She went deep inside herself for a while and when she emerged she was declared cancer
free. Carol and Paul took a year off and travelled to Australia, Fiji, Portugal, and
Jamaica. Five years later they went to Hong Knog, Indonesia, Egypt, Greece and JamaicaHer
favourite place to visit was Negril, Jamaica which she visited over the christmas holidays
1996 for the last time.
Carol was rediagnosed with cancer in Feb 1997, this time in her knee. A
painful knee replacement followed and again she fought back to walk again. But the cancer
had spread. She succombed to her illness on July 4, 1997 with 2 of her sisters by her
Carol was our family miracle. She lived 20 years longer than
anticipated and touched the lives of many children during that time. Carol was also a
remarkable sister and her presence is missed daily by her family.