Caroline Lillias MASSEY
1946 - 2020
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Aged 74, died peacefully in her sleep at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg on May 17, 2020. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 4, 1946, to Melodie Frances Willis-O'Connor and Roland Fields Crisson; she was adopted by her stepfather Hart Massey, architect and son of Govenor General Vincent Massey after Melodie and Hart were married in 1947. A bon vivant with a gypsy spirit, she lived in London, England and Trieste, Italy during the sixties, before opening her high-end fashion store, Justine, in Ottawa. After a decade of dressing many of Ottawa's finest, including Margaret Trudeau, Caroline moved to Toronto where she became a commercial wardrobe stylist working on advertising campaigns, music videos and television shows. Much in demand, she was known as Princess Carolina within the industry. She knew how to make clothes look right for her clients who delighted in being dressed by her. But most of all Caroline loved the company of others. She was a fabulous cook, threw many glamorous and often wild parties, loved fun and laughter and cared deeply about her friends. She was never happier than after having cooked a superb meal, accompanied by lots of wine, when she was able to kick back with a Flaming Sambuca and really enjoy those dearest to her. As her energy diminished and working as a stylist in Toronto became too demanding, she retired to Port Hope. Although her life in a small Ontario town was far less boisterous, she remained, with her big hair, brightly polished nails and her storied past, La Princesse. She is survived by her brother, the artist, John Massey, her beloved cat Kung Foo and the enduring love of her many friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Northumberland Humane Society in Port Hope at A celebration of life will be organized later in the summer.

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Published in Northumberland News on May 26, 2020.
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12 entries
June 26, 2020
Will miss my friend Caroline. She always had a warm hug and smile ready for friends.
Brad Haskin
June 2, 2020
Caroline with Melodie.
My cousin seemed like the wild child of the family. You could always count on a new hair colour and a great sense of humour when she was around. I am glad I reconnected with her in her later years. May she rest in peace.
catherine willis-o'connor
May 31, 2020

Pit Pat
Posted May 24, 2020 at 08:53am
Caroline. such a treasure, such a feast. She shared her passion for life with us all.

I remember bleaching her hair one sunny afternoon after she moved from Berkley Street, (our affectionate name for her was 'the Countess of Berkley Street'). We had a few wines and we got a little giddy, so giddy that we didnt notice Caroline's hair was smoking and smouldering. Calamitous chaos ensued as we rushed to the bathroom sink to rinse the bleach off, shrieking and swearing amidst the mayhem. Fortunately, all was well, albeit a little sore on her scalp. She loved her blond locks.

borrowed moments all but spent, missing from memoirs unwritten in life infusing ink.
Like a silver screen goddess capturing the light like a bright, iridescent sunbeam.
eternally ablaze like the wind that always blows, the snow that always falls and the seasons, ever changing, ever here

Happy Travels Caroline Massey
love always
Pit Pat
May 28, 2020
Caroline was my dear friend for 50 years. She taught me the value of true friendship and self acceptance. in peace. You will never be forgotten! Babbys
Barbara Young
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020

Kitty was such a special friend it's hard to put into words how much she meant to me. She was a constant friend for over 32 years . Not a Christmas or birthday would go by without the phone call catch up - even after moving to Singapore in 1996. Kitty and Melodie were our wedding planners and they arranged everything for us in Port Hope at Zest in 2010. It was the most magical day and we are forever grateful.
Kitty taught me how to love pasta and flaming sambuca's
And how black made people look thinner ... she was most generous with her love and would go out of her way to do anything for you that she could. Many happy summer long weekends were spent at Durham House and Port Hope.
Kitty you are united with Hart, Melodie, Max, Merks and all who left before you. Please look down on us with happiness . We will love you and miss you always.

Bits And Rashid xx
Derek Haggart
May 27, 2020
May 27, 2020
Caroline was truly one of the most generous, gregarios, flamboyant people
To have adorned my or anyone elses life. It has been several years since
I have seen her, but she was a great part of my early you Caroline oxoxox
Sally (Spennato) Chinn
May 27, 2020
Sweet Caroline
You are an amazing women and a kind friend.
I will always cherish the years I lived with you and Max. So wonderful.
May 26, 2020
You are my heart always have been ❤
Anna DAoust
May 26, 2020
Anna DAoust
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