BORLAND, Carol Anne


She has paddled ahead of us, a little way,

and waits for us around the bend, at the next portage.

It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing of Carol Anne Borland. Beloved Wife and Friend to Bart Graff, Devoted Mother of Elizabeth Anne and Victoria Grace, Respected Mother in law to Luke Cobham and Adored Nana to Jasper Alexander Cobham.

She died Thursday, March 1st, 2018, in the afternoon at Scarborough General Hospital surrounded by family and friends. She will be sorely missed by her brother John and wife Sally, her brother Paul (Australia), her sister Mary, and her brother James and wife Juanita.  She was loved by all her in-laws including Darryl and wife Sherry, Clark and wife Alexa, Arlene (deceased) and husband Brian, her sister-in-law Tracey, and her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins by the dozens and many more extended family and friends.

Carol Anne was born on August 19, 1956, at Women’s College Hospital, in Toronto, and grew up on the family farm minutes south of Egbert, Ontario. She attended Banting Memorial High School in Alliston, earned a diploma in Recreation from Humber College, a Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and an M.B.A. in Risk Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C.

She was an accomplished canoeist, camper, and trip leader as can be attested to by the Canoe Ladies that made up a great part of her friends. Everyone that was fortunate enough to meet her came to respect her and then love her. The many friends of her daughters who came to her for advice, the neighbours she met and befriended, the people she worked with and for, and the wonderful church family we enjoy at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.

If you can, please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, 1 Greenland Road (Don Mills Rd. and Lawrence), for a celebration of her life and refreshments afterwards to say farewell to this amazing lady that was such a wonderful part of our lives. Bring a paddle if you have one and we will raise them to her as we let her go.

In lieu of flowers or casseroles, please take someone you love to dinner or a show, a walk in the woods, or a canoe trip.

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36 thoughts on “BORLAND, Carol Anne

  1. Dear Borland family, I was so sorry to hear of Carol Anne’s passing. She was a kind, intelligent, supportive, and trusted colleague. I will fondly remember remember her warmth, humour, and integrity. My deepest condolences.

    —Virginia Hatchette, Toronto -
  2. Dear Bart, Elizabeth and Victoria Joel and I are surprised at the passing of Carol Ann.
    We would have been there this evening if we had known but just found 1 hour ago.
    We will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. you have your memories to keep close
    we hope they will help.
    Joel and Helen Hall

    —Helen Hall, Barrie -
  3. Carol and her family took me in when I was having one of the hardest times in my life. I will never forget her kindness and generosity to me, and I will always be grateful.

    —Rosemary Brett-Horn, Toronto -
  4. Dear “Bart, Elizabeth and Victoria, We just heard of Carol Anne’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    —Paul & Carol Agnew & Family, Scarborough -
  5. Even though I have never met Carol Anne, she seems to have been a superb woman. It is unfortunate that such a nasty disease has taken another loved one. Always keep her in your special memories.

    —Anie Barnes, Port Perry -
  6. Dear Bart & family.
    I am so sorry to hear about Carol Anne. I am happy that we could share a dinner with the two of you and your ‘neighbors’ a few months ago. It was clear that she’s a gem and will be missed.
    warm regards
    Steve Hutt

    —Steve Hutt, Indiana -
  7. Bart, Elizabeth and Victoria, We are very sorry for your loss. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time.
    Natalie and Chris

    —Natalie Starr, Toronto -
  8. Dear Barton & family,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of difficulty and sadness.

    My deepest condolences,

    —Sam Kwok, Toronto -
  9. To Victoria, we are very saddened to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a very kind woman. My parents and I offer you our deepest condolences and are keeping your family in our thoughts.

    —Lily Fu, Toronto -
  10. Carol Anne was valued and respected by her work “family”. She was a real truth seeker. Carol Anne had a wonderful enthusiasm for nature, and I always enjoyed talking with her about her outdoor adventures. She will be dearly missed, but always fondly remembered. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

    —David Filipovich, Toronto -
  11. I was blessed to have known Carol Anne since we were in our early 20′s, attending Humber College’s Recreation Leadership Program. We became good friends and enjoyed sharing a 2 week excursion with a handful of other students in the spring of 1976, travelling on the Polar Bear Express to Northern Ontario communities. We were young and impressionable, confident and strong. Opportunity was at our doorstep, always ready for another adventure. I will continue to remember Carol Anne’s confidence, strength and her enthusiasm of being immersed in nature. I love the vision of her paddling just ahead of us, waiting for us at the next portage. Love and blessings to Carol Anne’s family.

    —Margie Lawrence, Haliburton -
  12. I worked with Carol Anne for a brief 6yers at OPS. Through the numerous discussions and cozy chats, I found in CarolAnne, a trusted friend, a colleague who always had my back and a team player who did her best to get us closer to our goal. I can’t think of CarolAnne and not remember that talking about Jasper lit her up like I’ve never seen on her before. She talked of him all the time and how she is proud of her daughter who is always a fantastic mom to Jasper. The heavens just got luckier to have a star like CarolAnne shine her soul bright for all of us

    —Divya Iyengar, Hamilton -
  13. Dear Bart, Elizabeth & Victoria,

    So sorry to hear about Carol Anne’s passing. I am so grateful to have been included in her canoeing adventures and to benefited from her friendship and mentorship. She was so generous with her time, getting so many women out on great adventures. Thinking of you all and how much you must miss her. With love, Sara.

    —Sara Rykov, Ottawa -
  14. Dear Bart & Family: I was very sad to learn of Carol Anne’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to her at St Mark’s. She was a lovely lady. The Ray family will always remember that you & Carol Anne took the time to come to NY General to see Dad the day he passed away. Blessings Leslie Ray

    —Leslie Ray, Kincardine ON -
  15. Dear Bart, Vicky, Elizabeth and family,

    We were saddened to hear your partner, friend and Mom had passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    Carol Anne was an amazing and special lady. Classy on the inside and out. We hope in time your pain will lessen and you can remember all the good times and fun things you did together, with a smile on your face as you will carry her with you in your hears forever!

    Our deepest condolences,
    Evelyn Buchbinder and Nili Tock

    —Evelyn Buchbinder, Thornhill -
  16. My deepest condolences on the passing of Carol Anne
    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you at this time

    —Margarat (auntie) Daley, OSHAWA; Ontario -
  17. Barton…It was with profound sadness that learned of the passing of your beloved wife. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time

    —Bernie Cohen, Toronto -
  18. Barton, my deepest condolences on the passing of your wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    —Chris Sweetapple, Toronto -
  19. To Bart, Victoria and Elizabeth. The news of Carol Anne’s passing was a surprise to me and although I did not know Carol Anne well, the time I spent in her company, I found her to be a fun but reflective person who enjoyed life and all it had to offer. It was always apparent that she loved you all very much. I am thinking of your family and offering my condolences.

    —Jill Gillespie, Barrie, ON -
  20. Dear Bart, Victoria and Elizabeth. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved wife and mother Carol-Anne. She was such a lovely lady and she will be truly missed. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that I’m thinking of you at this difficult time.

    —cathy Collins, Toronto -
  21. To Barton and family — my deepest condolence on the passing of your beloved Carol Anne. May she be received in the warm company of our Creator, and May God shine His light upon you who remain here in His Paradise to guide you and keep you as you sort through the memories. Many Blessings. – Your fellow Instructor

    —Vilma Garnett, Scarborough -
  22. Barton, from all of us here at St. John Ambulance, deepest condolences to you and the family. Thinking of you and sending lots of love and prayers to your family. May she rest in peace.

    — Irka, Shirley, Michelle, Lulu, Andrea, Kumar, Jason and Gerald , Toronto -
  23. Our deepest sympathies to Bart, Victoria, Elizabeth, Jasper and the rest of the family. Carol Anne was such a special person to each one of us and everyone else at St. Mark’s. We always felt so much of her love, kindness and generosity whether it was when talking and laughing with her after service during coffee hour or when invited for a BBQ at your home. We will miss Carol so much but the memories we have with her will forever be in our hearts. We send lots of love and prayers to your family.

    —Jacob, Grace, Matthew, Joanna, Sophia and Joshua Lee, Toronto -
  24. Carol Anne was the Yin to Bart’s Yang. She was always a calming presence and a lovely person. Our condolences to her family and friends.

    —Mary and Jim Patterson, Tofino, B.C. -
  25. Dear Bart, Elizabeth, Victoria and all of Carol Anne’s wonderful family and many friends. I am devastated by this news. Carol Anne was the epitome of good cheer, which she demonstrated right up until the end of her brave fight. I was always fascinated by her canoe trip adventures, as eons ago, I used to fly canoers to their far flung destinations. Her risk and project management skills were very much in evidence as she meticulously planned and executed these expeditions right across our fair land. I am sorry she did not have the opportunity to paddle the South Nahanni and experience Victoria Falls, which are nearly twice as tall as Niagara Falls. But she accomplished so much more in her too short life – a finer human being would be hard to find, and as a trusted friend and respected colleague, she leaves a void that cannot be filled.

    —Mike Murphy, Toronto -
  26. Carol Anne was a leader, a mentor, a friend and a wonderful person. She brought me back to canoeing in my 50′s and it lasted for 14 great years. I will miss her forever. Condolences to her family.

    —Madelyn Webb, Toronto -
  27. My deepest sympathies and prayers to Carol Anne’s family and loved ones. Carol Anne was a wise, thoughtful, kind and generous woman who loved her family and will be missed greatly. Sending prayers and blessings to all her loved ones. God Bless Carol Anne as she rests in beautiful peace.

    —Najla Docherty, Toronto -
  28. My deepest sympathies to Carol’s extended family. I remember her very well from our days
    at Cookstown Public School and at Banting Memorial High School. Many good memories of
    those years.

    —Richard Blanchard, Angus -
  29. Bart, Elizabeth, Victoria, Jasper and the remainder of this wonderful and precious family,
    You have come into my Life spontaneously and your loved one surely has left this earthly place equally as spontaneously! I have to believe that God brought Carol Anne, especially, so that she and I could practice being friends on this planet before meeting again up in Heaven! I am so grateful for the experience and although it doesn’t compare with your suffering it remains difficult for me to let go! I can look back on our times shared and smile and hope that you can do the same!

    —Karen Walker, Toronto -
  30. My deepest condolences to family of Carol Anne. Although, I was not in her team but I had met and worked with her on several occasions. She had a lasting impact on me with her professionalism and knowledge, along with a wonderful and gentle personality. She will be missed.

    —Lancy Cheng, Toronto -
  31. Carol Anne was an asset to the OPS and she was wonderful to work with on tough topics; to her family, I am so sorry for your loss.

    —Michelle Crawford, Toronto -
  32. Carol-Anne was more than a colleague to me; she was my confidante and a friend. For many years, she was my “coffee buddy”. I recollect many spirited and wonderful conversations with her – some were work related and others were about the adventures in our lives. Carol-Anne had a positive outlook in life and I know that she cared deeply for her family and loved ones. I will miss her dearly and I do have many trinkets and gifts from her over the years as she was a very generous person. She loved life and hers was one well-lived. My most sincere condolences go out to Bart, Elizabeth, Victoria, and her entire family. Deepest sympathy; may you be comforted by warm memories of her.

    —Bibi Hashim, 900 Bay Street -
  33. I extend my deepest sympathies to Bart Graff and his family at their loss.
    May God bless and comfort the family during this time of grief.
    Remembering Carol Anne’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in my heart.
    May she rest in peace!

    —Sam Noorani, Toronto -
  34. Wonderful sister-in-law. Will be missed terribly. Love and prayers from Darryl and Sherry Graff.

    —Darryl Graff, Calgary, Alberta -
  35. It is just like Carol Anne to paddle ahead and scout the way for us to make sure it is safe.
    She was certainly an inspiration to me.
    I felt privileged and honored to be her friend.
    I will never forget her.
    Thank you Carol Anne.
    With Love,
    Michel Bouwhuis

    —michel bouwhuis, Pickering -