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Carole Fay was born prematurely on September 23, 1933 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the youngest of seven children born to Beatrice and Ralph Richards. She grew up in Bridgeport, Nova Scotia until moving with her family to the Sudbury, Ontario area in 1949. She began working for the Ministry of Correctional Services as a Dental Assistant at Burwash Industrial Farm at sixteen years of age. On February 23, 1957 she married Kenneth Obern and lived in the Burwash Village until it closed in 1974. With her husband she built a home at the French River on the location of their cottage and they spent many happy hours there entertaining friends and family. They made many trips to England to visit Ken’s family. Carole was always a support to her aging parents during this time. In 1975 she and Ken made their first trip to Cuba and fell in love with the island and its people. They continued to visit there regularly.
Carole continued working as a Dental Assistant at Cecil Facer School in Sudbury after Burwash closed in 1974. She also spent a lot of time volunteering in the school program. She was a constant support to her husband Ken when he had to undergo three heart by-pass operations (the first in 1979) and cancer surgery and follow-up. She retired in 1987 and spent the following years at the French River and traveling to Cuba, enjoying the company of her husband, family and friends. Following Ken’s untimely death in 1990, Carole began to volunteer at the Memorial Hospital in Sudbury and continued to bring medical and school supplies to the people of Cuba on her twice-yearly visits. She remained very active and enthusiastic about all aspects of life and was a tireless worker around her property. She was preparing for a visit to Cuba when her life was unexpectedly cut short.
Although she had no children of her own, Carole loved children and enjoyed spending time with them. Visits to Auntie’s home were filled with laughter and happy memories. Throughout her life she always helped others and gave unselfishly of her time and support to her family and to the community. She is sadly missed by all of her family especially her brothers (Ralph, Desmond and Lloyd) and sister (Alice) and will remain always in their memories.