Karen Hamilton

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After a courageous battle at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at the age of 57.  Karen Hamilton was the beloved wife of Des Maguire.  Loved sister of Joanne Ball (Brett) and Dan Hamilton.  Predeceased by her parents William and Shirley Hamilton.  Karen will be missed and remembered by her nieces and nephews.

Service Information

A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Millbrook Christian Assembly, 71 King St. W., Millbrook, on Wednesday, July 25th from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m. In memory of Karen, donations to the Ontario SPCA-Lennox & Addington office (156 Richmond Blvd., Napanee, ON K7R 3Z7) or the St. Elizabeth’s Palliative Care would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to the Fallis & Shields Funeral Home, Millbrook. Online donations or condolences may be made at www.fallis-shields.com.


Des, I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was truly a special person, so kind, gentle and caring to both people and animals. I always enjoyed our chats when we would run into each other at random places. My condolences to you and your family.

Joanne Duffy

Des: Very sorry for your loss. Karen fought a long tough battle with a terrible disease that nobody should have to go through. Our thoughts are with you and Karen is at peace. Glenn & Joey

Glenn Cane

Des, Patty & Patsy, Joe and I are so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time. We have made a donation in Karen's name to the Napanee OSPCA in honour of her love and devotion to animals. Prayers & Hugs, Angie & Joe

Angie Wolvers & Joe Gattellaro

A beautiful person with a caring heart. Always there to help when you needed her. She will be truly missed and remembered always. Thoughts and prayers for Des and the family. Definitely thinking of you.

Susan Eberth

My deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Nicholas Johnston

Des I'm very sorry for your loss. Karen was a lovely and caring person. Please know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time.

Andrew Lentini

So sorry for your loss. I chummed with Karen through public school. We lost touch but I am so saddened to hear of her illness and passing. May you be comforted by your memories through this difficult time. God bless.

Shirley Foden

We are so very sorry for you loss.

Dennis and Pat Abramoff

Des I am so sorry for your loss. Karen was always a shining light for us all. She is the reason I am where I am today. She will always hold a special place in my heart and her impact on everyone she knew will never be forgotten.

Brendan Bonner

Des I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Karen briefly when I worked in the Membership office at the Zoo and she was always kind and entertaining. I know how much she will be missed by everyone who knew her. My condolences from our family to yours at this sad time. Please let Brendan know if there is anything we can do.

Margaret Linnell

We lost a beautiful person, but the universe rec’d a beautiful star. Thinking about you and your family Des

Julie Brand

Des I am terribly sorry for your loss. I hope time heals your heart and you gain strength. Myself and your coworkers are with you always.

Michael Cautillo

A beautiful smile, a big laugh, a generous spirit, a kind heart, love for all animals, passion for training orses and dogs, that is how I will remember Karen. Des, I am so sorry for your loss.

Linda Saab

My deepest condolences to Des and your family. Karen was a shining star who radiated joy and happiness in all that she did. She had such a positive impact on so many people. She was always there for me as a confidant and always gave me the best advice. I know she is at peace now. I will miss her dearly.

Ali Vella-Irving

Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mike Mccafferty

My most predominant memory of Karen was her time with Burl at the Toronto Zoo. They would both arrive at the morning meeting. Burl would make his hello rounds then race back to Karen’s side to start their day. He adored her. Her smile, laughter and gentle manner will always be remembered. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. May your memories help heal your heart.

Dianne Devison

Thoughts are with the family after this tragic loss.

Corey Bellamy

Saddened by the loss of such a lovely person.

Paul Keeler

Karen was such a bright light for all she came in contact with. I hope she knew how many people's lives and careers she positively affected at the zoo. I had the honour of working closely with her for most of the beginning of my career. She was always there when you needed someone to listen and learn from. I will miss her caring heart and spirit. Condolences to all who love her.

Sonia Hojka

Karen was a lovely person and I worked closely with her for several years. So sad to know she was taken from this world so early. Love from our family to yours Des.

Ollie Claffey

Karen was such an amazing person who truly lived life to the fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. xoxo

Alex McCafferty

Des, I am so very sorry for your loss. Karen was an amazing person and I will miss her greatly. I fondly remember her honesty, her positivity, her warmth and kindness, her dedication and integrity, and her bright smile. I am grateful for knowing her, working with her, and laughing with her. Wishing you peace at this difficult time.

Kim Haider

So saddened by this huge loss of such a wonderful person. Karen had such a kind, caring heart. I'll miss her radiant smile and gentle laugh. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Heather House

Des, we are very saddened to hear of Karen's passing. She was the best co-worker and friend. Our kids always wanted to go see Karen at the zoo as she always took the time to show them something "cool ". She was taken way too soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Dana Arruda

She always had a smile on her face when I would run into her, my condolences to the families.

Scott Tuttle

My sincere heartfelt condolences to all of you. I was so sorry to hear of Karens passing. I know its been many years since I have seen everyone however I have many awesome memories and wanted all of you to know you have been in my thoughts at this time. .

Denise Breslin

Back in the "Zoo Diaries" days, we used to tape episodes to send to John's father in Wales. He became an enthusiastic fan of Karen, and on one of his visits, we brought him to the Zoo and he was able to meet Karen in person. She gave him a big hug, which really made his day. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Linda Ervine & John Parry

Des, I am so saddened to hear of Karen's passing. She had a warm and generous spirit, and her beautiful smile and laughter could light up a room. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My deepest condolences to you and the entire family.

Lisa Card

Des - we used to be neighbors in Orono. I'm shocked and saddened by the news of Karen. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.

Shari Bouckley Irwin

Des- so sorry to hear of Karen's illness and then her passing. Have many fond memories from school, and remember how much she always loved animals- especially horses. Thinking of you and the family.

Kathy Beedham Lackey

It's tragic when anyone's life is cut short by illness, but the loss of someone as vibrant and inspiring as Karen is indescribably heartbreaking. My thoughts are with you.

David Partington

Dez, my deepest condolences to you at this time of grieving. Karen was an amazing woman who touched the lives of everyone she encountered. She will be greatly missed & always remembered in our thoughts & prayers.

Tammy Love

Karen will be greatly missed by all especially those in the Quarter horse industry. On behalf of OQHA and our members, and from our family we are truely sorry for your loss. You are all i our thoughts & prayers with love.

Valerie Love & Joe Jarvis