Memories & Condolences

Karen Elaine Magee Pape

Karen passed away peacefully at home on Saturday June 2, 2018. Daughter of the late Brian and Elaine Magee. Mother of Sarah, Aaron (Lisa Richardson), and loving Nana to Daniela and Jack. Much-loved sister of Brian (Susan) Magee, Ivan Magee and the late Judy (Normand) Baril. Beloved former spouse of Paul Pape. Proud aunt of Brendan, Diana & Charles. Karen was a pillar of strength for her family with an enormous heart.

A graduate of Havergal College, McGill University and the University of Toronto Medical School, Karen was a neonatologist at The Hospital for Sick Children, the Director of the Neonatal Follow - Up Program and the President of the Medical Staff. Widely published, she was instrumental in the development of neonatal ultra sound brain scanning now used in intensive care units around the world. After leaving HSC, Karen became a pioneer in the field of neuroplasticity in children with early brain and nerve injuries. She was a tireless advocate for a revolution in the treatment for children with cerebral palsy. Karen captured this work in her recently published book, The Boy Who Could Run But Not Walk.

She was a rebel with a cause who took no prisoners nor suffered fools. Karen took the road less travelled by and that made all the difference to thousands of her patients and their families. To the end, Karen was still thinking of ways to advocate for improving the treatments available for children with early brain and nerve injuries. She did not go gentle into that good night. In the weeks before her death, Karen endowed a foundation to provide funds to continue her work in this field.

Her family would like to thank Wing Lam and Pia Stampe for their support.
There will be a celebration of Karen’s life on Tuesday June 12, 2018 at The Rosedale Golf Club from 4 to 7pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to Karen’s foundation.

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Ruth Grant-Bailey, Cincinnati OH
There are no words. The world has lost such an incredible feisty trailblazer for the cerebral palsy community especially the teenagers. Teenagers are often thought of "that's it, they are where they will be" but Dr. Pape didn't believe that. She even proved that with my son, Mason. Mason made tremendous progress following an intensive program with Pia Stampe, PT under Karen's direction. Dr. Pape was so knowledgeable, so loving, so approachable, generous, kind, and so passionate about wanting change for our kids!!! My heart aches for her family, friends, and all of the lives she has touched. However, I'm huge believer and I know that Karen will continue her work from the other side. The work she left on Earth (i.e. her blogs, books, relationships) will continue to flourish, and she will guide and mentor us through her spiritual side (versus physical side). Rest, Karen. Rejoice in heaven and bask in your accomplishments. We look forward to you "showing up" in different ways and continuing your trailblazing efforts from the other side. You were an amazing person and that person (humanly body) was made up of an AMAZING soul and spirit!!! Love you, girl!! Thinking of you, family, and friends as your life is celebrated today in Canada!