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GAIR, Karolee Rita (nee Johnson)


Karolee Gair

The world became a sadder place late in the evening of May 15th, 2022 as the Blood Moon lunar eclipse started.  It is with absolutely shattered hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Karolee Gair in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.  She is survived by her best friend and dance partner, Dan Brochu.  Mother of heartbroken children: Danny Langille, Jessica Gair (Chris Laughlin) and Emily Gair.  ‘Bonus Mom’ to Daniel Brochu (Melissa McMaster) and Patrick Brochu (Kristen Heise).  Adored ‘Gogo’ of Jenna Brochu (Robby Boissneau), Isabella Lecuyer-Gair, Mya Brochu, Nicholas Heise, Alyvia Heise Shyla Brochu, Ava Brochu, Jack Laughlin and Benjamin Laughlin. 

Karolee is predeceased by her parents John Johnson and Evelyn Rose Johnson (nee MacNamara). Karolee is now reunited with her big brother and best friend, Jack Johnson, her favourite sister-in-law Joan Johnson and her younger brother Malcolm McNeil. 

She leaves behind her soul-sister, confidant and best friend Janice Johnson Wolchuk and Jerry Wolchuk.  She was a loving aunt to Shilah Wolchuk (Roger Holmes) and Mallory (Nick) Collins.

Her also leaves behind some East Coast family – Cousin Robert (Jane) Johnson, the O’Laney and MacAuclay clans.

Karolee was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia.  Born and raised a typical East Coaster, she had the undeniable ability to light up any room with her contagious and beautiful smile.  She was known for her kindness, her joie de vivre and her incredible capacity to make anyone in her company feel loved and important.  Anyone who knew her, or even crossed paths with her knew that she was a tiny woman whose spirit and palpable energy was truly larger than life. 

She worked selflessly as a nurse for 30 years and devoted her career to serving a population of primarily vulnerable people, where she could bring joy to them at their hardest times.

Karolee touched the lives of many.  So many in fact, that we have missed naming many people.  She was a second mother to so so many people.

She was a special friend to; Mary Hummel, Arlene Heins, Tracy Heins, Koren and Logan Arthur, Trish and G Secondi, Christine Van Laar, Gail Londry, Carolyn Burkitt, Patti Gair, Marion Koprash, Janna Laughlin, and Sheila Heise.


We would like to thank Sault Area Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion during this difficult time – especially Dr. Bakar, Dr. DiFabio, the ICU staff. Thank you to RNs Megan and Shauna, you ladies are simply earth angels.


As per Karolee’s wishes, no formal service will be held, she found them too morbid.  She wanted to be celebrated with a party.  She wanted her favourite music played with her favourite drinks and food served.  There will be a celebration of life on May 28, 2022, at 598 Allen’s Side Rd. The party will commence at 1600.  Her family would like to invite anyone who knew her and loved her to come and celebrate with us.

Donations can be made to Van Daele Manor or the Sault Area Hospital Cancer Care Clinic, as these places meant the world to Karolee.  Visit to leave condolences for the family. Arrangements entrusted to O’Sullivan Funeral Home (215 St James Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 1P7, 705-759-8456).