Caroline Ada May Lang, 79 passed away peacefully at her home on
February 9th. 2022 due to her ongoing battle with cancer. By her bedside
were her two sons Robbie and Chris and her ever present husband Ray.
She was born May 3rd. 1942 in London Ontario Canada to Calvert and
Thelma Boam, who also had two sons Donald and Richard. She married
her high school sweetheart Robert Lang in September of 1962.
After graduating from Beal Secondary School Caroline went to work for the
Fisheries Board, then got a calling to work for the London OPP. Shortly
after working with the OPP, she gave birth to her first son Robbie. A career
change soon followed; it was to be a lasting career in the field of medical
Caroline had many interests, but most of all were her two boys. She
enjoyed fishing with her son Chris, her love of horses...her favourite was
“Arfella” and the excitement around the racetrack and of course her
Shelties. She always enjoyed her times with her girlfriends' playing cards
and socializing. Caroline was passionate about music dancing and travel
destinations, and until recently got interested in David Gilmour and the
band Pink Floyd.
After many years with her husband Robert, they grew in different directions,
all the while still continued to remain friends.
In 2001, Caroline met Ray who was also in transition. They were
inseparable; it was love at first sight. Ray was in the process of completing
teachers' college to start his second career as a secondary school teacher,
with Caroline being his driving force. One month after graduating from
Althouse, Ray had a heart attack; it would be 12 weeks before he could
officially start teaching. Caroline oversaw his cardiac rehab program and
got him back on track.
Once Ray was contracted to teach at Lord Dorchester S.S. Caroline was
instrumental in finding their new home. She set up shop in the front room,
supervising a staff of 25 transcriptionists. Caroline transcribed for some of
London’s top medical professionals in their field, all the while being deaf in
one ear from an early age.
Caroline shared her love of travel with Ray, visiting such destinations as
Ireland twice, for the twin's weddings Brian and Gillian, Ray’s niece and
nephew. Mexico, Jamaica, several times and many of the southern United
States. Some of the more profoundly memorable experiences were a visit
to “Ground Zero”, New York City after “911” and the “Lorraine Motel in
Memphis, Tennessee where Martin Luther King was assassinated. We
could physically feel the presence and emotions flow over us from these
two very scared historical sites.
She also travelled extensively with family in the early days to Florida, Las
Vagas, Hawaii and local trips around Ontario. Niagara Falls, Toronto CN
Tower and the local beaches. Cottage life at Port Stanley with her parents
and brothers spent fishing on the pier and always bringing home a stringer
of perch for dinner.
Caroline is predeceased by her parents Calvert and Thelma Boam and her
brothers Donald and Richard. She was also a caregiver for her first cousin
Ross Blakely until he passed in 2013.
Caroline leaves behind her loving husband Ray, her two loving sons
Robbie and Chris and his wife Debbie and their son Brandon, and former
husband Robert Lang. Caroline also had a loving extended family in
Ireland. Ray’s brother John and his wife Kathleen, his nephew Alan and his
wife Linda and their children Sophie and Bobby, his other nephew Brian
and his wife Mellissa and their son John and his niece (twin to Brian) Gillian
and her husband Graham Stanley and their daughter Grace.
Her many friends and colleagues, her loving CMC028 family, TJ Anrep,
Char Bogart, Bonnie Hepburn, Donovan Browne, Aileen Simon, Barb and
Ernie Turner, Heather Maxwell, and our dear friends in Brooklyn New York,
Audrey and Toni Hecht-Stewart and so many caregivers toward the end of
Her amazing PSW Susan, and the terrific folks from Home Care, VON, St.
Elisabeth, LHSC Cancer Clinic, St. Joseph Hospital and University
Hospital. Her medical team, Dr. Hahn and Dr. Lock, Dr. Brackstone and our
own Dr. Jeff Spence, a sincere heartfelt thank you for all the loving care
you provided to Caroline.
Caroline was truly a fearless little lady right to the end, just like her mother.
Robbie and Chris and myself were very fortunate to have been blessed to
have Caroline in our lives and to be by her side to say good bye to our