Celia "Ceil" Miriam Karp, age 75, passed away peacefully in Palm Desert, CA on Friday, October 4, 2019, after battling a long illness. Ceil was born on October 19, 1943 in North Adams, MA. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Toby Goldman and the sister of the late Leonard Goldman. Celia is survived by her sons Matthew Karp of Corona, CA and Jonathan Karp of Cathedral City, CA, her sister Bernice Goldman and brother-in-law David Gaynor of Acton, MA and another brother, Gerald Goldman of Kingston, NY as well as three nieces, Maija Goldman, Devorah Goldman and Evelyn Gaynor; and two nephews, David Goldman and Alexander Gaynor. Ceil, an enthusiastic athlete who loved to ski and play tennis (and later golf), attended Drury High School in North Adams and went on to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was an LPN in the North Adams Hospital for several years, until moving to Connecticut. After her sons were born, Celia became a local tennis club pro and instructor as well as the coach for the championship winning girls' tennis team at Windsor Locks High School where she became affectionately known as "Coach Columbo" for the signature trench coat she would wear to practices and matches. Sometime later, she co-owned and managed Fishwives, a fresh fish and seafood market in Windsor, CT. Celia eventually returned to nursing, earning her RN and becoming a lead nurse at Kimberly Hall Nursing Home in Windsor. Ceil was a compassionate caregiver and was instrumental in establishing a ground breaking program for care of the terminally ill that would come to be known as hospice care. An avid dog lover, Ceil also brought one of her adorable cocker spaniel pups (Luke) to live at Kimberly Hall, to the delight of all the patients. When someone cruelly stole the puppy, patients and their families offered a reward and the puppy was safely returned to his duties as cheerer-upper-in-chief. After leaving nursing, Ceil combined her growing love of golf with her passion for cooking and feeding people by running "The Shack" at the Country Club of Farmington, CT. For many years during the New England golfing season, she dished out great food and good humor to club members and their guests, who made a destination stop at The Shack for her famous lobster roll, lasagna and other signature dishes. Ceil formed close and lasting relationships with many of those members, guests and employees, who loved her food and came to cherish her. The family asks you to consider making memorial contributions to The First Tee of Connecticut, www.thefirstteeconnecticut.org
, Keney Park Golf Course, 171 Windsor Ave, Windsor CT 6095.
Published by Hartford Courant on Oct. 13, 2019.